Choosing a specialty
is a three step process. You need to.....
This section gives you a guide to understanding more about who you are and what is important to you. Might sound a bit airy fairy but taking a few moments now to think about some of these questions is worth the effort when you consider how much time you will spend studying for a specialty and then a lifetime practising it.
Find out more about the specialties on offer from some of the people working in the field. We asked over a hundred specialists and some trainees to tell us what itís really like at the coalface and we have included their comments in each specialty.
You can also check out other important factors like workforce projections, training requirements and an indication of salaries/income.
You can also take a Psychometric Test designed specifically for junior doctors to help them choose their specialty.
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Choosing a particular career direction is not a one-off decision. Many
people shift direction several times during their lifetime. Others
choose to have multiple jobs, balancing their needs and interests
around several roles. However, each time you reach a career
crossroads you need to ask yourself some of these questions again.
What is right for you in your twenties may not necessarily be right
for you in your thirties or forties since personal circumstances can
change, specialties develop in various directions and new
As you go through the Career Med website you will
see that many contributors have offered a range of perspectives
about their specialty that
indicate why they made their career decisions. Some have always
known or had a fairly good idea of where they would end up. Others
have started on a general path and gradually tended towards their
eventual chosen area (or tended away from areas they disliked). Some
were struck by a flash of inspiration.
However you go about making your decision and wherever you are on
your career continuum, it is always useful to regularly re-evaluate
who you are and what you want out of your job/specialty.