Career Counselling Services specialise in career coaching for doctors:
CCS Career Coaching for Doctors
- Did you choose medicine because your family or your school encouraged you to, rather than because it was what you really wanted to do?
- Did you go into medicine because you wanted to but now feel disillusioned with working in the NHS?
- Have you had doubts about working in medicine but decided to stick it out? Until new problems have emerged…..
- Are you currently considering part-time work options?
- Are you considering returning to work after a significant break?
- Do you feel close to ‘burnt out’ and want to consider ways of better managing the stress, or to look at alternatives?
- Are you considering retirement and want to look at useful and enjoyable ways of moving to this next stage of life?
Changing career is a big deal, and should not be undertaken lightly. You may find a branch of medicine you enjoy more and find you don’t need to start all over again in a new career. You may find you need to move outside medicine but at least you’ll be moving with both eyes open and with a higher prospect of success.
When did you last sit down and work out what you want for your career and life as a whole? These are the areas you need to consider:
Career motivators, drivers and values
- What makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning?
- Which parts of medicine do you already enjoy?
- What matters to you in your life and work?
- How clear is your vision of what you would like to be doing in 5 years from now?
Being at your best
Medical training often looks at what you are not doing well. Thus, you may tend to focus on times when you are not so good at something. It requires more conscious effort to focus your mind on when you have been at your best
We are astonished that many doctors we work with have never sat down and talked about their most proud moments, or stand-out achievements.
Transferable skills, knowledge and experience
As a doctor, you will have gained many skills which could be transferred to different work roles, knowledge that could be applicable in medical and non-medical settings, and experiences that have shaped your attitudes and capacity to deal with similar situations in the future.
The CCS Career Coaching Programme for Doctors
On our career coaching for doctors programme, we combine in-depth, impartial and confidential discussions with career-relevant tools and career questionnaires. We have used these questionnaires successfully with doctors and other professionals for the past 30 years
Introductory discussion (no charge)
We encourage everyone to have this discussion, either face to face (preferable) or by Skype/telephone. The aim is to hear a little about your situation and give you a sense of what your career coaching might involve, so you can make up your mind if the career coaching is for you.
We will send you some thought provoking preparation exercises.
Allow 2-3 hours.
Meeting 1 – Know yourself: exploring
Exploring your situation, educational and career background. This fundamental work enables you to address the questions ‘who am I?’ and ‘what do I want?’ It may include the use of psychometric questionnaires and self-appraisal exercises to help you address your:
- Transferable Skills (what am I good at?)
- Interests (what am I motivated to do?)
- Values (what is most important to me?)
- When I’m at my best (what will help me thrive?)
- Personality (what work roles and environments would suit me?)
- Career Drivers’ (what are my key career needs?)
- ‘Past Positives’ (what activities & environments enable me to thrive and be at my best?)
Meeting 2 – Know yourself: clarifying
- debriefing all the questionnaires and self-appraisal exercises
(recorded, if desired). Our experience shows that recording this meeting is very helpful in enabling you to reflect on the discussion, the results and possible implications of exercises and questionnaires. You might also want to share the recording with a partner or friend
- clarifying your most important motivators, values & career drivers
- agreeing ‘home assignments’ to aid your further reflection
Meeting 3 – Ideas and options
- summarising your ‘Job Template’ – key elements for job satisfaction
- identifying career opportunities and ideas
- ‘reality testing’ : an initial consideration of resources and obstacles
- agreeing ‘Action Plan ‘, including deadlines, if appropriate
- identifying areas to research further, and ways to achieve this
Meeting 4 – Review of action & job search guidance (optional)
- reviewing successes and challenges of actions taken
- CV and application guidance, as appropriate
- preparation for interviews
Career coaching for doctors costs £960 + VAT inclusive of all coaching, exercises, CCS Notebook, between-meetings support, materials