From medicine to business
What to think about before moving from a career in medicine to one in the financial sector
I’ve noticed a surprising phenomenon in my medical school’s common room. The talk has been less about Saturday night escapades in the students union nightclub and more about the future of the medical profession. Specifically, I’ve been hearing medical students openly considering careers beyond medicine. Among my colleagues, both in Norwich and around the United Kingdom, investment banking and management consulting are often mentioned as possible careers.
I’m a graduate medical student and for six months was an investment banker in a large European firm. I’m therefore interested in how doctors perceive the business world, and I’m aware of some of the misconceptions around money, business skills, and work-life balance that medics have about this sector of work.
So why are students considering this change now, and why is the world of finance and business so appealing? One finalist at Cambridge, who wants to remain anonymous, told me: “If I’m