Career Mentor

If you're a sessional GP, you're already following a career path that most likely wasn't strictly what either you or your GP trainer had in mind. The plan was most likely that that you'd be a partner.

Here, our resident career expert Sonia Hutton-Taylor gives expert advice on the career decisions that you need to make.

The war on GP workload

When everyone around you is working at full pelt and beyond, what do you do if you feel your whole way of working is unsustainable, especially when you feel forced to work in this unsustainable way? S...

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Setting seismic career goals

There are a myriad of different ways to get the best from goal setting. In this fourth article in her goal setting series, Sonia Hutton-Taylor from Medical Forum brings together goal setting wisdom in...

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How to set SMART career goals

How to get the best from the SMART goal setting system Using a framework is much more effective than just writing lists. The SMART system has been somewhat over egged but, as a goal setting methodolog...

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Why set career goals?

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal. Elbert Hubbard - philosopher and writer This art...

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Setting career goals as a sessional GP

In the career review workbook I use as mandatory preparation for all career discussions, one page is all about goal-setting. Yet I don't call it 'the goal-setting page'. Sneaky huh? Why have it there ...

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Putting it off today

Is procrastination limiting 
your career enjoyment? Are you procrastinating about anything? The chances are that you are. We all do it. I have a small pile of rotting vegetables near my back door that...

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Letting go

In Sonia's final article on the top skills for general practice, we learn how to handle inevitable change. GPs are often bombarded with both overt and subliminal messages to carry on, keep on achievin...

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Career planning: less stick, more carrot

A colleague recently came to me with a clear remit: she didn’t want to do her current career any more. Her career, and indeed life, was feeling out of control and on the wrong trajectory. The outcome ...

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How to approach a career re-evaluation

career re-evaluation
When a career has reached a plateau, a dead end or a crossroads, it can be a very stressful and frustrating time. There is a tendency to go around in circles or vacillate for some considerable time, o...

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I don’t know

Feeling comfortable with this statement is a key skill in general practice. Not every doctor finds it easy to say, but the more one can state it, the more one can use it as a career planning or apprai...

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