Even if you are thinking about making a career transition, there must be some features of your career that you currently like or or used to like at some time. Once in a while, it is useful to sit back and rank these qualities from most important to least important so that you can see in clear terms what you really value in your career. Your job isn't the only source of achieving life satisfaction, but if you are considering a change, you need to make sure that you transition to a job that still gives you the job characteristics that you rank on the top 10 of your list. One of the huge advantages of being a doctor is that you have choices.
How would you personally rank this list of career qualities in order of importance? How many of your most important values are you getting from your job right now?
*Having a busy schedule
*Approval (of someone in particular?)
*Avoiding disapproval (of someone in your life?)
*Proving that you are good enough for your job (did someone say you couldn't do it or that you weren't good enough?)
*Competing with someone
*Having free time
*An income that you consider desirable
*Being attractive for a romantic partner
*Helping others who are sick
*Improving patient quality of life
*Feeling like a leader
*Feeling that you are a good person
*Work environment is enjoyable
*Aspire to imitate a role model
*Feeling 'in demand'
*Enjoy understanding how the body works
*Comfortable around patients
*Personally experienced a medical problem and want to help others in the same position you were in
*Feel a connection with patients
*Divine/ spiritual calling
*Enjoy seeing the results of your work
Re-evaluating your goals is a good idea every 6-18 months, because your goals might change. I have talked to many doctors who need to see a full schedule in the appointment calendar in order to feel competent, and in demand. But after 5-7 years, that need is often filled, and then a different aspiration arises, such as the need to practice leadership. You can achieve your aspirations as milestones throughout the years of your career.
If it is time for you to make a transition, you can start with the transition toolkit for tips and these links for non-clinical job resources.