Goal Setting Commandments for Physicians

Ten tips to help physicians set more achievable goals

Most physicians I know see themselves as natural goal setters. And indeed we are, but good goal setters of a particular type – the long-distance goal. We’re expert at the four-year plans well represented by the college to medical school to residency path. We’re about as hot as the rest of humanity at the shorter term aspirations, which is to say not very hot at all.

Because for all the hype, the slick little acronyms, the diaries, daybooks and planners, goal setting and goal achieving are a cross country drive apart – you’ll not make it in a couple of days and you’ll have blown tires or detours somewhere along the way, usually just when you thought things were going swimmingly.

There are all sorts of mnemonics out there to help you achieve your goals. Be SURE for specific, understand what’s involved, realistic, and being enthusiastic. Not for you? How about SMART for specific, measurable, attainable[also action-oriented or achievable], realistic and tangible?

Somehow these don’t cut it if you’re after bigger fish than a better exercise schedule. So, I, humbly, offer the following observations formed from my own school of hard knocks.

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Alternative Careers for Physicians-Get an MBA

When it comes to a career change, don’t think that highly educated people like physicians or attornies are not considering doing something else that they’re trained to do. For many of these professionals, getting into another line of work, though related to their profession, may be a great option.

As you go about your work at the hospital or clinic you entertain the thought that an MBA degree might open up all sorts of new career vistas. While there are specific considerations for each physician, the following general issues should be thought through carefully. See also this great Christi Hay video (TEDxFoggyBottom) about a doctor’s standard career path.

A. Remember that it is a part of our professional culture as physicians to place a high value on formal qualifications. Project ahead; how do you envision using the degree?

B. If you elect to get an MBA degree as a way around a career conundrum, you are short-circuiting the process of putting your career under the microscope.

C. An MBA is a general business degree. You get a taste of a whole range of business disciplines, but little in substantial depth.

D. There are scores of very sharp business minds in every arena of healthcare without an MBA.

E. A common misconception is that possession of an MBA is going to up your worth in industries like medical insurance or pharmaceuticals. On the contrary, your primary appeal remains your medical degree and your specialty training.

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The Job Interview – The Good First Impression

Interviewing for a new job can be a grueling ordeal for some people. Approaching the interview process with a plan can alleviate some of the stress. If you know what to expect, what to watch for and how you are expected to act, then part of the mystery is removed and the stress with it. Ridding yourself of stress makes you more confident and a more appealing candidate. This post is all about the job interview – how to make a good first impression.

How do you eliminate stress from the interview? You don’t but you can reduce it to manageable levels. Do your homework well ahead of time. Know something about the company and the position you are applying for. Then, follow these tricks for making a good impression during your interview and success is within your grasp.

Be Positive. This applies to more than your disposition. It helps to have a sunny disposition as no one wants to work with a cranky person all the time. Being positive is more than just smiling brightly through the interview. It means not speaking negatively about past companies or supervisors you’ve worked for. To do so casts you in less than favorable light no matter how valid your complaints might have been. Be as advisable as you possibly can be. This is also in your employer’s interest.

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Think about a Career Change? Career Coaching is a Must

At one time, a job with a company meant security for life. Your employer was like an extended family. You could count on them to be there for you and your family for as long as you needed a job, providing you came to work every day and gave your all. Today, this is no longer the case.

The competitive nature of business has companies struggling to survive, to hire the best employees at the lowest possible wage and to run as efficiently as possible. Gone are the days when a company felt an equal loyalty to its employees. Today’s mindset is more of a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ type of thinking.

This working environment can leave employees feeling undervalued and vulnerable. You may find yourself feeling stuck or blocked into the job. You have with nowhere to go. Should you find yourself in such a situation, it may be time for a career change.

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Transitioning Military Job Seekers

For the most part, the US military does a wonderful job of training our soldiers in skill sets that are transferable to civilian life upon discharge. Unfortunately, one of the items in that training package can actually be a detriment to making a smooth transition – military lingo.

If you are fluent in military terms and tend to work them into your everyday conversation you may encounter significant problems during your job search.

Back in the day when resumes were printed onto bond paper and actually screened by administrative assistants to hiring managers, the degree to which military lingo hampered a job search was largely a function of the admin’s proficiency in ASL (acronyms as a second language).

If the soldier had the good fortune of dealing with a vet or military spouse, the translation would be taken care of for him and full credit would be given for primary and collateral duties. Also, the more experienced the admin, the more likely she possessed some fluency in ASL.

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Telecommuting Can Help Balance Your Life

Telecommuting is a more common career choice in today’s computer- and Internet-driven world. It allows people who may geographically be located hundreds of miles apart to work side-by-side, so to speak. It provides cost reductions for both the employer and the employee while providing an effective and efficient work environment. How does this help you lead a balanced life?

While some telecommuting jobs require set hours so that you can be available to communicate with others, many positions allow flexible work hours. This lets you schedule your day in a way that fits your lifestyle. Night owls can work late, once the kids are asleep. Others may choose to work while the kids are at school and keep their evenings free.

The loss of a daily commute is a real time saver. In congested city traffic, it can also be a great stress-reducer. The time spent getting dressed and ready to go to the office and the drive time to and from work can be used in ways that add balance to your life. You might choose to have a relaxed breakfast or dinner with the kids, take up an exercise class or go to the park in the afternoons. You could choose to put the saved time into doing extra work if you are trying to advance or earn a little extra.

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Millennial Job Interview – How to Hire The Best Talent

Millennials are joining a job market and employers are looking forward to hiring new talent.

Employers want to benefit from the fact that this is the first generation that is a digitally-native. Millennials get the vast majority of their information and news from the Internet. So, here we list a few important features that will help both employees and millennials looking for work to meet each other. So the Millennial Job Interview plays an important role.

Tips for Millenials Preparing for the Job Interview

Crucial to job interview success is scrupulous attention to your preparatory homework. You really should not ignore this part. Think about it. If you are, like my friend Johan, participating in the BestGEDClasses course, you are stretching your time so when you get your education diploma and have a job interview, you want to maximize this opportunity, right?

Interviewing for a new career opportunity in middle age, especially if considering a career tangent, can be a little daunting. Here are some tips for success. Today’s focus is on pre-interview preparation. Review of posts of the past 10 days or so will provide more background information on some of the issues mentioned here.

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How Unemployment And Layoffs Can Actually Benefit You

I understand that you can’t think of any way that getting laid off from your job could be anything except a disaster, but there are situations where layoffs can be a good thing.  If you are unhappy with your job, want to move up in world’s employment hierarchy, or want to find a different position or a better field, you probably don’t have time to do a lot of job searching, applying, and interviewing without your current employer knowing what’s going on. See also this video on how to properly file an unemployment claim:

When you get laid off there are many forms of assistance that you can qualify for to get your thought the tough financial time while you look for a new job. You also won’t have to worry about scheduling interviews on a lunch hour or after your other job; you can work on your resume, do some networking, visit job fairs, and take the time you need to find the best job for you. So you might think of a situation like this as a disaster, but you’ll have more time to focus on a better future.

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Get your online degree – convenient and beneficial

A number of people devote the vast majority of their time doing the things in life that they must do, much like studying as opposed to things they want to do like traveling. Due to this, many people choose to participate in online school/education for themselves as well as for their children. These people take the majority of these courses in order to gain specialized skills that should benefit his or her future.

There are various online institutions and education courses readily available via the internet. The good news is that even though all of these courses are offered on the web, the quality of the online degrees guarantees proper knowledge and education for anyone.

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Life Coaching: Your New Career?

Ever since I was a teenager my friends and family came to me to vent their problems. I never knew exactly why they were drawn to me; I didn’t have particularly good advice to give or much life experience.

Then I realized that all I was doing was listening to them. That’s all they really needed at the time, someone to air out their frustrations to.

Later on, I found out that some people actually do that as a career. Sure, there are psychiatrists available to consult, but what about for simpler things like getting your stuff organized or deciding about dropping high school and taking GED classes instead? Actually, I got a lot of GED questions. I even start working for online GED practice at Best GED Classes.

Those aren’t exactly things you’d bring to your therapists, but they are problems you can bring up with a life coach.

A life coach is a friend, personal trainer, cheerleader, shoulder to lean on, business adviser, and favorite aunt all rolled into one. They can be someone you go to because you don’t know what your next step should be. Continue reading

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