Once in a while, I coach a physician whose journey to a non-clinical career is so smooth, it is nothing short of perfection.
I recently enjoyed this opportunity with a physician client who came to me (as a generous shared referral from coaching colleague Michelle Mudge-Riley) with a one year-long plan to transition from her current clinical role into some kind of non-clinical job whose description she did not yet even have!
She had a very clear timeline based on the exit demands of her current clinical position and was ready to get into action. What struck me most about our initial interactions was how realistic her expectations were!
After diligently identifying what she might want to do and why, in her new non-clinical career, and then following through on all the steps we outlined together, she recently found herself on the verge of receiving an offer for her "ideal job". Barring something totally unexpected, she can anticipate starting in her new non-clinical position on exactly the date she had planned for.
There are many lessons to be learned and shared from this experience for those of you who are looking to exit your current situation, whether that be for a new clinical position (another group? your own practice? your new concierge medicine practice?) or the start to a non-clinical career.
Lesson 1. Know your own What
Be clear about what you are seeking – have a vision of your life moving forward, that inspires you.
She recently confessed that she was on the verge of giving up 9 months in the process. But she didn't.
We both look forward to celebrating her accomplishment when everything is finalized. And even if there is a hiccup, she feels confident she knows the steps to finding her ideal "starter" non-clinical career.
What about you?
Happy update: My client was made a job offer at a better salary than she had been anticipating. Of course, she accepted it. What a happy journey for her ... and what fun it was to be a part of the ride!