A doctor and business consultant
D J Brown divides his time working in his local emergency department and as a business consultant and performance coach, writes Anne Caley
I believed consultancy would provide me with an opportunity to combine my business skills before studying medicine with many of the skills I learnt as a physician: diagnosis (seeing through to the underlying causes); analysis in the face of conflicting or incomplete data; good verbal and written communication; engaging individuals as well as large groups. It also gave me an opportunity to travel (I spent some years working in Trinidad, for instance). In addition, management and business consultants also have a much higher level of independence than line managers. And, lest we forget, the financial prospects are better.
Research the sector or business area you are interested in. Although you might want to work in a sector relevant to your training as a medic (that is, the pharmacology sector), don't assume that you will automatically be placed with these clients—you will probably be exposed to a variety of business areas