Once in a while, I coach a physician whose journey to a non-clinical career is so smooth, it is nothing short of perfection.
A year ago, I enjoyed this opportunity with a physician client who came to me with a one year-long plan to transition from her current clinical role into some kind of non-clinical job whose description she did not yet even have!
She had a very clear timeline based on the exit demands of her current clinical position and was ready to get into action. What struck me most about our initial interactions was how realistic her expectations were!
After diligently identifying what she might want to do and why, in her new non-clinical career, and then following through on all the steps we outlined together, she was made a job offer at her “ideal job”at a better salary than she had been anticipating. Of course, she accepted it and started in her new non-clinical position on exactly the date she had planned for. What a happy journey for her … and what fun it was to be a part of the ride!
There are many lessons to be learned and shared from this experience for those of you who are looking to exit your current situation, whether that be for a new clinical position (another group? your own practice? your new concierge medicine practice?) or the start to a non-clinical career.
Lesson 1. Know your own What
Be clear about what you are seeking – have a vision of your life moving forward, that inspires you.
We both celebrated her accomplishment once everything was finalized. And even if there is a hiccup down the road, she now feels confident she knows the steps to finding her ideal “starter” non-clinical career.
What about you?