Alternative career paths: Find your Divergent Career in Medicine
At some point along their medical career journey, some doctors may decide clinical medicine is no longer for them. Others may seek an additional challenge or wish to acquire an alternative skillset to complement their clinical practice
The reasons why vary from doctor to doctor, however, many are hesitant to leave their clinical jobs entirely. This may be due to how long their studies took and how invested they are in their career, commitment to their patients, or perhaps they’re not clear about what possibilities are available to them outside of traditional clinical roles.
The number of doctors with an interest in exploring alternative career paths is growing, especially since the pandemic. According to our research, 72% of doctors are considering Divergent Career in Medicine opportunities.
A medical degree paired with the right skills can open doors to a vast number of career opportunities.
What alternative career paths are available to me?
“So many doctors do not realise their potential, their transferable skills, or what they can do. Very often, doctors think that they only know one particular area of medicine, when in reality, throughout the entire journey of medical school and those first few years of hospital, they've been learning problem-solving, communication, leadership, and management skills, without realising it” – Dr. Ashe Coxon, GP and Career Counsellor – Medical Career Planning.
Whether you remain in medicine or decide to pursue a career outside of medicine, the opportunities are almost endless. The following are just some of the areas which doctors can move into:
It is worth noting that if you wish to remain in medicine, you will still need to be registered with AHPRA and meet professional development and indemnity.
Healthcare professionals possess so many skills, many of which are transferrable across numerous roles and industries. However, before you decide to pursue a Divergent Career, there are several things to take into consideration such as your skills, your personal situation, interests, training courses available, and so on. But not to worry, we’re here to help! Why not check out some top tips from our experts.
If you are interested in pursuing a Divergent Career in Medicine, get in touch with Melissa today for a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your options.