Is the academic foundation programme right for me?
Caroline replies . . .
As a medical undergraduate it can come as a bit of a shock when, after five or six years of medical school, you are faced with a big career decision that you think will define your future. You mention that you are questioning whether the academic pathway is right for you, but the source of this anxiety could stem from your lack of familiarity with making major career decisions, rather than your suitability for the academic foundation programme.
Some people find making major decisions difficult. Often, this difficulty comes from an anxiety that they will make the wrong decision and lose the opportunity to do something else that they might have preferred. At the same time, it is also common for people to look around and feel as if everybody else at their stage of training knows exactly what they are doing and has already