Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians.
How to Find a Career Direction, Part One, by William S. Frank [I gave this conference speech to 120 physicians in a 30-minute time slot. :BF]
You're looking at one of my favorite cartoons . . .
I've spent the last 29 years "pushing" people in the right career directionhopefully not violentlyand my task in this paper is to simplify the process for you.
Here's the problem: finding a good career fit is extraordinarily complex. As one physician said, "It's like trying to crack a safe."
First of all, there are 75 industries, 100,000 different occupations, and 14 million companies. That's a lot of complexity. If you do the math, you'll find that physicians occupy less than 1% of the workforce. The non-clinical is a big, big world.
Where do you fit . . . ?
Should you be managing others? If so how many2, 20, 200, or 2,000? What do you want your boss be likeautocratic or democratic, male or female? Would you like your leader to be mentoring, hands-off or hands-on? How old or how young?
What about travel? Would you travel 10% for the perfect job? 20% 60% 80%? Where wouldn't you live? Would you live in an industrial town in the northeast, for example? Or a high-density city like Los Angeles?
A job I don't hate
By creating several thousand job offers I've learned, "You can be 2-3° off course, and walk into a wall instead of a doorway." That's why we hear so much about rejection in the job market.
That's why we need a guiding principle. Harold Kushner has written eight books, including, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, and When All You Ever Wanted Isn't Enough. Kushner has written a guiding principle we can use:
When he says "The circumstances of your life," what does he mean? He means all your experiences, both positive and negative. Everything you've lived through has added to your value and your marketability.
What is the key message of this talk? Your career direction is already inside you, stamped in your DNA. It's contained in your likes and dislikes, in your aptitudes, in your personality, in your life history. Your career direction is WHO YOU ARE.
Your VALUEall caps the word VALUEin the marketplace is that you are unique and special, one of a kind.
If you follow what's in your heart, that will serve as a compass. You'll eliminate 99% of the 75 industries, 99% of 100,000 jobs, and 99% of 14 million companies. You'll be left with a very small area of the target. We call that the bull's-eye. Next.
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