Throughout your medical career, there are many times when some impartial advice can be invaluable in giving clarity to decision making and boosting your confidence and self-belief. Early in your career, talking to someone about what you’d really like to get from your career and how you want it to fit in with the rest of your life can help you narrow down which specialty is the best fit for you. Once you’ve settled on a career path, having someone help you identify the steps you need to take and develop a plan of action gives you clarity and a sense of purpose. And if you come to a point where you need to make a change or you’re wondering if you’ve made a mistake, getting confidential, non-judgmental advice about your options is critical.

So how does career coaching work? For me, it involves helping doctors think about their own personality and their vision for their lives and how their career will fit in with this. It’s a flexible, tailored process in which I draw on over 30 years’ experience to help you come up with a range of options and a plan to move forward. Although I share my insights, it’s not directive because the best solution is ultimately the one you come up with after a process of guided self-reflection.

Who can benefit from career coaching?

  • Junior doctors (or students towards the end of their studies) who want guidance about choosing the specialty that best suits their personality and lifestyle.
  • Doctors who’ve chosen their specialty and want a strategy to make sure they achieve their goals.
  • Doctors who feel like they’ve made the wrong choice and would like to understand their options, both within and outside of medicine.
  • Doctors who’ve taken time out for family, health or other reasons and want support as they return to the workforce.
  • Late career doctors who are seeking to wind down their practice and transition towards retirement or another phase of their working life.

Whatever stage you’re at, talking to someone independent and objective can help. If you’d like support with any aspect of your career decision-making, don’t hesitate to get in touch.