A career plan can make or break you. It’s where you put your goals, dreams, and aspirations. As a medical practitioner, you have so many avenues you can take. All you have to do is take a moment to map out where you would like to see your career headed in the next few years and how to get there. To set the groundwork for your career plan you need to explore and research all your options. Makes sure you are aware of every road you can take so that you can make the most informed decisions.

Which industry would I like to be part of?

The medical industry is a vast place. If need be, write down a mindmap of yourself. This will help you figure out what it is you want. Look through your strengths and weaknesses. Mix those with your passions, aspirations, and values. Search the pros and cons of the industries that come up then choose the ones you feel are best suited for you. Remember you may be part of this industry for a long time, choose wisely.

Which patients would you work best with?

As we know medical practitioners work with a range of people and some prefer to stick to a certain type of patient. A large part of creating your career plan and deciding on an industry is knowing who you work best with. You may be more passionate about helping women, people who have cancer, children or the elderly. Knowing where your interests lie will help you find a place where you feel valued.

Do you work better alone?

In the beginning, you are bound to work in a hospital with many people. While you’re working always remember to reflect on how you feel when you have a large group of colleagues versus when you are with a smaller group or alone. This can set a tone for what type of career you would like.

It’s crucial to know what kind of person you are and where you would thrive and feel of value. Finding the exact job you want with the right colleagues and the patients you gravitate towards is not always easy, but with a solid career plan, you can make sure you’re on the right path.