Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Can doctors really find new careers?
Absolutely! There are more opportunities imaginable, and careers never even heard of. It’s becoming more common for doctors to leave clinical practice and find a new career. Perhaps you haven’t heard of doctors leaving practice because this subject has been a bit taboo in the past; doctors unhappy in practice where afraid to admit to themselves that they were unhappy, much less talk about it out loud! Myths about Doctor-Hood keep physicians from taking a step forward to improve their career and life.
So what are the Myths of Doctor-Hood?
- Becoming a doctor is the ultimate career goal and nothing can surpass it.
- Being a doctor is very noble and nothing can surpass it.
- Doctors achieve respect not found elsewhere.
- Other careers don’t pay as well.
- Leaving practice is a step backward in a career.
- Leaving practice would mean the time and money spent obtaining the degree is wasted.
- If I tell my mother I no longer want to be a doctor, she will have a heart attack.
- I’m not qualified for other jobs; I’m “just” a doctor.
- I didn’t finish residency; I won’t be able to find a career.
- People will think less of me if I leave my medical career.
- MYTHS, MYTHS, MYTHS! If you are letting any of these excuses stop you from looking for a new career, CALL ME! We need to talk.
Will Dr. Kinder find a job for me?
Dr. Kinder is not a recruiter. She does not get paid by companies to fill positions.
However, Dr. Kinder has been a business woman for 10 years and has a large network. Employers know Dr. Kinder works with highly qualified physicians and regularly call to see if she has potential candidates.
Dr. Kinder also actively searches current positions, and reports options to her clients.
How can I work on a career transition when I have no free time?
Dr. Kinder’s schedule is extremely flexible, allowing for consultation work not only during week days, but evenings and weekends, too.
One of the first projects Dr. Kinder works on with clients is improving time-management skills and identifying current responsibilities in order to create a schedule for working on the transition process.
Dr. Kinder is an expert on creating more time in your day; she has lectured on the topic for over 10 years.
How will Dr. Kinder and I work together?
Consultation takes place via phone, email, and texting. Some clients prefer to work in person. This can be arranged on an individual basis, with clients traveling to the Nashville area or Dr. Kinder traveling to your office.
Why work with Dr. Kinder?
- Proven career transition success and achievement of work-life balance! Dr. Kinder created her own non-clinical business while maintaining a clinical career tailored to her specific likes and desires. And most importantly, she has concurrently been raising three well-adjusted and happy children.
- Inspiration! As a national motivational speaker, Dr. Kinder knows how to energize and push her clients to reach their goals.
- Experience! Dr Kinder has personally worked in various medically-related careers and non-medical careers. Her client’s careers include a spectrum from medical directors, inventors, speakers, writers, utilization reviews, disability exams, permanent locums, chief medical officers, consultants, expert witnesses, vice presidents of medical companies, race-car drivers, and beyond!
- Knowledge! Dr. Kinder knows how you can obtain an employed position or start your own business. She can show you the exact steps to take because she has done it herself and helped clients achieve career success.
- Understanding! Remaining in part-time practice, Dr. Kinder is aware of the difficulties and concerns with medical practice. She remembers the enormous stress and responsibility she felt when unhappy in full-time practice. Just having someone to confide in helps all physicians overcome inertia and worry and get going in their new career search!
- Guidance! Transitioning is like taking a trip, except you don’t know where you are going. Therefore, it is very hard to pack. Having made the journey successfully, Dr. Kinder can be your navigational system, pointing you towards your dream career.
- Peace of mind! In the words of her clients, working with Dr. Kinder is like working with a friend. She takes the time to understand your current situation, hopes, and goals. She offers business knowledge as well as personal support. Per Dr. Carrie Holland, “Working with Dr. Kinder is fun and takes the stress out of this challenging time!”
- Honesty and Integrity! Who is Dr Kinder? She is hard-working, patient, truthful, and open. Balanced and objective, she sees all possible solutions to any situation. With strong roots in a Midwestern family, her values stem from parents who survived the Great Depression and several wars. Her creativity was nurtured in a family of entrepreneurs. Dr. Kinder truly cares about her client’s life success.
Why hire a Physician Career Transition Consultant?
The idea of hiring a Career Consultant is new to most doctors. Physicians usually rely on classes, teachers, and obtaining degrees to move forward in their careers. The concept of working with a Consultant can also be outside of a doctor’s comfort zone because doctors are very independent, self-starters, and used to studying and working alone.
However, a Career Transition for a Doctor is unlike anything you have done before. There is no predefined course like when you went through medical school. Sure – you could blaze the trail alone without supplies or a map, but you will save money and time by learning from a physician who has been there, done that! Your move to a new career will be easier and more efficient.
Career Coaching and Consulting bring discipline, focused options, structure, and opportunity. It pushes you out of your comfort zone while providing an alternative and experienced perspective.[See this Article (click here) for more details about “Why to Choose a Physician Career Consultant and Coach”.]
Isn’t hiring a Career Consultant Expensive?
Working with a Career Consultant is an investment in your future success and well-being. The more quickly you obtain a new career, the more quickly you will be earning a great income (many non-clinical jobs pay better than traditional practice!). A Career Consultant saves you time and money.
Consider also the value of these things: Decreasing your stress level, increasing your free time to spend with family or on hobbies, looking forward to getting out of bed each day, eliminating call, and no longer having to see certain patients that absolutely drive you nuts!
How can you afford NOT to work with someone who will speed up the process of finding a new career?
Please Contact me for more details.
How can Dr. Kinder help?
Dr. Kinder takes you from ground zero (Have no idea what you want, where to start, or what is available?) to standing above your competition and obtaining your next career.
Dr. Kinder understands the demands of clinical practice, has started 3 businesses, and knows how to create or find a new career or to modify an existing situation to improve it. (Many Physician Career Transition Consultants leave clinical practice completely, making it difficult for them to understand how to modify a clinical career rather than leaving practice altogether.)
Dr. Kinder helps with:
- Finding time to devote to career search
- Identifying and overcoming obstacles to career search
- Understanding what you are qualified for and what you want in a career
- Finding available positions
- Developing all the tools needed to obtain a new position:
- C.V. and Resume
- Business cards and photos
- Social media profiles
- Development of personal websites to aide in job search
- Networking skills
- Productive and Efficient job search skills
- Elevator pitches and conversation scripts
- Interview tactics and techniques
- Image and platform development
- Marketing the product: YOU
Did Dr. Kinder use a coach when she made her career transition?
Not at first. Dr. Kinder learned through trial and error. She thought she could do it all on her own. And she did succeed, but it took much more time, energy, and money than if she had worked with a Career Coach. Later in her transition, after many detours and pitfalls, she did hire a coach. She realized at this point she shouldn’t have waited so long, as it made things more efficient.
Dr. Kinder thought to herself, “I’m educated, so I can do this on my own.” While true for any doctor, why not learn from someone who has been through the process and can make everything much easier?
Before Dr. Kinder hired a Career Coach she was unsure if she would even like working with someone, because as most doctors she was very independent and accustomed to working alone in relative isolation. However, Dr. Kinder realized it is good to have an outside viewpoint from an experienced person, someone to push you while at the same time guiding you.
“It was this advice that finally propelled my career forward and gave me the time and energy to create my dream career: Hire Brains. Don’t Grow Them.” – Dr. Julia
What is a career coach? (Specifically a Physician Career Transition Consultant?)
A coach is someone who has been where you are and can lead you forward to your dreams and goals.
A good career coach will:
- Save you time, money, and frustration
- Motivate and Inspire you to achieve happiness in your career and life
- Provide structure, discipline, and focus, with a very honest viewpoint from the other side
- Help you create extra time
- Demonstrate ways for you to get happy Right Now in the midst of transitioning into a new career or while modifying your current clinical career
- Encourage you to prioritize your health and well-being
- Provide the exact steps you need to take
- Teach you how to find a new career
Specific areas of your life that may be focused upon during the coaching process include not only your career, but also health, wellness, relationships, work/life balance, hobbies, etc. – as a career choice is not an isolated event in your life.
There are many qualified coaches available to assist physicians in transitioning from one career to another. The decision of which coach to select is a very personal one – it is helpful to find someone you “click” with and feel you can openly talk to, as you spend hours working together. Your coach will also become a trusted friend.
Note: Coaching isn’t about finding any other career that you could do, it’s about discovering what you want to do!
How long does the Career Transition process take?
The time needed for a career transition is different for each person, and depends on such factors as:
- Amount of time you can devote to the process each day
- The career you desire. For example, the move to an employed position doing utilization review may take only a few months, while creating a consulting business from scratch can take a year or more.
- Your attitude and energy level
- The current state of your career search toolbox: Is your C.V. outdated? Do you have a resume? Have you started creating your social media profiles? Are you actively networking?
- Where you are in the transition process. Do you know which career you want to obtain or have no idea what you want to do?
- Number of other responsibilities in your life.
- Current job market. What positions are currently open? How much competition is there?
- Your marketability. Have you made sure your achievements and uniqueness are immediately apparent to potential employers? Do you stand out from your colleagues?
Example Time Frames for Obtaining a New Career:
- 3 months: Doctors who begin the transition already well-prepared for the job search and want a more common position.
- 6-8 months: Doctors fairly well prepared at the start and who are looking for common positions.
- 8-12 months: Doctors seeking very competitive jobs.
- 12+ months: Doctors creating a business.
How long do doctors work with a Career Consultant?
As in the previous question, this time frame varies greatly, depending on where you are in the job search process (do you know what you want to do?), how much work needs to be done to your toolbox (resume, etc.), the time you can spend on the transition, the type of work you are looking for, and the current job market.
Goals will be revised along the way as more is discovered about what you truly want. Each week, you will need to devote time to the process, as the actual transition work is done by you. Your coach will encourage you to meet and set deadlines.
Doctors typically get started with a few months of consulting to lay a solid foundation for their transition. Some will then be ready to work independently for a time, then return to work with Dr. Kinder when they reach the next phase.
Transitioning is completely different for every doctor. Dr. Kinder understands when you need help and when you can do some things on your own. She will keep your budget and time constraints in mind when designing your consulting program.
When is the best time to start the career transition?
Now. The absolute best time is now, no matter what your current situation. There will never be a perfect time. And the move to a new career takes time; it won’t happen overnight. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will settle into a better life.
Life doesn’t stop. Things will always come up that demand your attention. There will always be responsibilities and problems to deal with.
Dr. Kinder encountered many life complications during her transition; birth of a child with special needs, severe and chronic illness of another child, an injury, loss of her father, and financial stress from a crashing real-estate market (her husbands’ career was impacted) which required her to actually increase her clinical hours. Yet every day she took some step, even if small, towards her dream career.
If you don’t start your career transition, you current situation will not improve.
What are the biggest hurdles to changing careers?
- The Number 1 hurdle is making the decision to start; inertia.
- Prioritizing the career transition; because changing careers starts out as an idea or notion, lacking concreteness, the tendency is to place priority each day on responsibilities that are more concrete and demand your attention. You are more likely to get the following done each day than to work on your new career: grocery shop, make dinner, do laundry, attend child’s sporting event, take dog to vet, visit in-laws, mow the lawn, take out the trash, and brush your teeth. I would challenge that each of these could wait or take less time – except brushing your teeth. Even then, you could jot down ideas for your new career while brushing your teeth.