Planning my career in a climate of change
- By: Caroline Elton
The only constant in medical training is change. When I first started working in medical education back in 1998, the major change du jour was the creation of specialty registrar posts. Since then we have had the Modernising Medical Careers reforms, the introduction of the European Working Time Directive, the reconfiguration of training deaneries—the list goes on.
You cannot escape change in any line of work. And because the NHS is a political hot potato, the healthcare profession is more susceptible to reform than other professions.
So what’s the answer? Three things. First of all, the more you understand your own strengths, and vulnerabilities at work—what you enjoy doing and what you find stressful—the more agile you can be when faced with change. This is crucial because sometimes you need to be able to make a quick judgment when an unplanned opportunity comes your way.
The second piece of advice