Is your career stuck in a rut?

9th January 2015 by NASGP

Is your career stuck in a rut?

If something doesn’t feel right about your career; if you are not enjoying your work; if you constantly think about how to get out; if your health is suffering due to work, or if you feel everything is not in balance, it’s quite likely that things are not in a sustainable place and that something will give, at some point or other.

I regularly meet doctors who can clearly do the job and do it well, but when we discuss things in more detail, it becomes clear that a particular question needs to be asked, and that is “at what cost to you?”

In other words, they can hold down the job and function well to everyone else’s satisfaction but for some reason, they are achieving this at a great personal cost. As a result they usually have a nagging doubt or prevarication over the two extreme points of view, one being “I am doing a good job and know I can do the job” versus “but I am not feeling that things are right”.

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"After finally deciding to fully engage with NASGP and to join the NASGP BOB Locum Chambers I could now not be happier with every aspect of my professional life. I have incredible flexibility and have a great group of different GP practices to work with – including some who are happy to use me whenever I am available. I really enjoy and get a lot from our monthly meetings and the team makes my admin, invoicing and pension applications as straightforward as possible. I can truly say that I am in the tiny minority of GPs who love their job, have total control of my workload and have minimal stress, working only in great GP practices. I will happily remain with NASGP as long as I want to."

Dr Jonathan Moore, GP, North Oxfordshire

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