/ Asked by sabih
I recently graduated and I am a practicing MD. I've been mainly doing house calls, but I am not satisfied with my field. What should I do to get myself into some related fields?
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
This is a great question in often we start a career because we "thought" it would be something we would love to do, or someone we know and respect does "that", and sometimes it isn't everything we think it's going to be.  First think about what exactly you don't like about what you are doing and is there a slight iteration that you may be able to make that would turn around your dislike? Second, if you haven't been doing it long, talk with others doing the same job and see if it is something that may go away with experience or maybe just some tips on how to make it work better for you.  Third, is network within the industry and see if there is something you may be able to do within the industry that may offer different circumstances and be more of what you are looking for or something you had not heard or knew about.  Lastly, if you are considering a complete career change, find out what your skill set is, what you are passionate about and what positions are around that may incorporate both of those things.  Networking is a great place to start talking to people currently in that role or try it out so that you don't spend money and time and get into something you don't love. Take your time in making this decision and thoroughly do your research and you will find a career that gives you fulfillment and happiness for many years to come.  Good Luck.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, June 23, 2016
First off, congrats on your graduation, and your first job! Attending and running meetings, depending on who is in them and what the subject matter is, can create various emotions. Although you are new to the workforce, think of the meetings that you are a part of. What do you like about them? Dislike? Use that information when you are running your own. The best meetings are those that are well thought out ahead of time and are organized. Have an agenda and stick to it. Ensure that you invite the right people to attend. This means that anyone that would have a vested interest in the work/project that is being discussed. Typically the biggest pet peeve about a meeting is when people feel like it is wasting their time. Time is a precious commodity and people want to feel like they are investing it in something that will bring them value. When you are part of a meeting, you should know what is on the agenda and be able to contribute information that relates to the topics you are familiar with. Speak concisely and make eye contact with your colleagues. Especially when you are new to a role and/or company, it is helpful to take note of the culture of the organization which is typically evident in meetings. Cigna has put together some humorous, short meeting videos on our youtube channel. Feel free to look them over to get a better sense of what generally works or might be frowned upon that can be related to your company. https://www.youtube.com/user/cigna/videos?shelf_id=7&sort=dd&view=0
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inally, never hesitate in asking for feedback from your manager and other colleagues who you might look up to. They can share with you if there are things you are doing or saying in the meeting, that you might not even be aware of, that is making people feel uncomfortable. Take the feedback as a learning experience and grow from it. Good luck!
Answered by Aliyah, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Congratulations on graduating and practicing MD!
House calls is a place to start but there are some options to diversify your skills into the field you want. First you have to know what field you really want to work in like in the ER, ICU, private practice etc.
Your options at this point could be any or all of the following:
  1. Send more resumes. Yes, this is an option but tailor your resume to the field you want to be in. If you volunteered at a free clinic or did a study abroad program (etc) make sure you include that in your resume.
  2. Learning beyond school. Are you attending any medical conferences or part of any medical association? If you want to be in the internal medicine field, you can attend seminars, conferences, events that is related to this. That way you can add the extra learning on your resume and meet people in the field you want to be in.
  3. Network. Are you networking with physician recruiters, medical association members or healthcare conference hosts? From attending these events and if you have a business card handy, networking with these groups can help spread the word around that you are open to a specific field.
  4. Referrals. Where did you do your residency/fellowship? Can they write a recommendation for you? Can they refer you to an upcoming position? Professional referrals is probably the most successful way to get the job you want in medicine.
  5. Join online groups. To add to networking, try having a professional online presence like LinkedIn and joining a medical group that relates to the field you want to be in. Use this platform to not only be seen by recruiters but feel free to share your knowledge in the field you want to be in which helps present you as someone who understands that specific field. This can help build your credibility on social media. In addition, you can following other doctors in the field of medicine you want to be in to see how they transitioned.
I found this site that did an independent study conducted by Zeldis Research Associates, Inc that can help with switching fields. http://bit.ly/29gyW9r Good luck!
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