Career focus - Choosing a house job
You don't need to know where you want to be in 10 years' time to choose your first post, but planning will give you a head start, says Jessica Westall
For most students, choosing a house job seems like a big step on to a largely unplanned career ladder. Consultants see things differently: I was unequivocally reassured that house jobs were the least important career move I would ever make in terms of defining my future specialty. However, the post you end up in does affect your wellbeing, which is more than a short term consideration. How you feel about your first job as a doctor influences the way you feel about future career plans and will directly affect your reference and curriculum vitae. The year also acts as a foundation for the rest of your career in terms of skills and practical experience. In this article I outline a scheme for assessing the options.
The key to finding a house job you are going to enjoy is to be informed before you apply. Firstly, you need to know what