I’ve never seen a quiz like this before.
You answer some questions and out comes a potential nonclinical career.
When I took the quiz, my result was Wellness Program Director. My guess is that “career coach” is not a possible answer so this seemed like a reasonable answer to me.
One of my friends who’s a cardiologist and medical writer was given the answer of Medical Publisher Editor-in-Chief.
A client of mine who was recently hired into a great job at a health insurance company received the answer of Managed Care Medical Director.
If you’re exploring nonclinical directions, this quiz might be helpful in several ways:
One – seeing what answer the test comes up with for you.
Two – seeing what your answers to each question tell you about yourself.
The quiz asks questions that help you think about your work preferences and what’s important to you in a job.
For example, a question may be assessing your preference for working independently or with a team.
Or whether it’s important for you to use your medical knowledge and training in your next job.
Or whether it’s important for you to advance in your job.
When you come up with your answer for each question, take time to reflect on what it is saying about you. And then ask yourself a follow-up question –
Why do you or don’t you want to work with a team?
Why does it or doesn’t it matter if you use your medical knowledge?
Why is or isn’t it important for you to advance in your job?
Taking this extra step may slow you down a bit as you read through the quiz, but it will give you a lot of additional value and insight than having just one answer at the end.
If you want to take this quiz, it’s free and takes about 10 – 15 minutes.
If you’ve already taken it, you can always go back to revisit the questions and ponder your responses.
If you get a result that isn’t even close to anything you’d want to do – take heart. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a great direction for you.
I’m not sure what the possible answers are for test-takers at the end, but I do know that there are quite a variety of nonclinical jobs, more than would be included in a test.
Also, within one job sector, such as medical writing, pharma, or working for a start-up, there are quite a diverse range of options.
In my work with clients, I’ve seen physicians do everything from all the major traditional nonclinical roles, to start-ups, to entrepreneurial pursuits.
Some of the less traditional areas I’ve seen doctors going into are –
· Online education through courses and programs
· Integrative, weight loss and aesthetic practices
· Investment banking
· Wealth management, equity investing, CPA
· Coaching for physicians and non-physicians
· Telemedicine start-ups
· Other healthcare-oriented start-ups
· Franchises – educational, food, and fitness
· Real estate
· Patient Navigator
· Abe Lincoln Impersonator 😄 (just seeing if you’re still reading. My mom’s late husband Dan, who was 5’6’’ did this quite successfully for his hurrah career).
Dan became an Abe Lincoln impersonator after he was sitting in a café and he overheard two college students saying how they thought his profile looked like Abraham Lincoln!
While he was not a doctor, I included him for several reasons.
-> It’s good to remember we can do things that don’t need a medical education.
->We can do out of the box things
->You never know where an idea for your next job or career is going to come from.
->Others may see things in us we don’t realize or take for granted.
The last point is something I wanted to emphasize. When I do my coaching calls, I’m always talking to a very smart physician who has a lot of skills and experience.
But each physician is different and one of my favorite things is to reflect to that person what is unique and different about them in terms of their combination of interests, personality, experience, and talent.
They often don’t fully realize these things because when you live in your own skin, you often underestimate what is special about you.
Maybe you don’t have Abe Lincoln’s profile, and that could be a GOOD thing, but I KNOW there are some things about you that make you a great fit for a job you will enjoy.
Here are three questions that can help you identify some of these unique things about you:
What do you do that feels effortless and is harder for others?
What do people tend to compliment you on?
What do you like doing even if no one is paying you?
Look for clues in these answers.
Like a bird in flight, it’s hard to know our own gifts because they come so naturally to us.
I’d love to hear what you come up with about yourself!
‘Til next time, Carpe Diem