Should I stay or should I go? This is the question that everyone asks themselves at some point in their job and possibly many times in their career. This is no different to one in a healthcare job or medical career.

But how do you decide? For some, it might be to consult the all-knowing Magic 8 Ball and ask  what the future holds for you. For the rest of us, here are some tips on what you can do when you’re in a quandary about your job.

Ask yourself these six questions:

1. Am I feeling drained or uninspired?

If your job is constantly making yourself feel drained or you dread work every Monday morning, or maybe the feeling starts on Sunday night, then that could be a problem. You need to look at what it making it so hard.

Sometimes it’s easy to give up on an amazing job prematurely if you’re not tackling it from the right direction. Does something in your work environment rub you the wrong way? Can you take frequent breaks or simply make a peer consultation a walk and talk meeting, rather than a sit down. Look at what’s going to refresh the way you approach your day-to-day job.

For inspiration, look at what you can do outside of work to stimulate your brain, creative juices and spirit.

2. Have I done anything new?

This can be a difficult one to answer for those with healthcare jobs and medical careers. Often, patient care can be the same thing over and over again. But there are ways to change things up. Doing a short course or getting out for an event like GPCE will give you the opportunity to learn something new, add a certificate or CPD points to your skills profile. A new area of focus widens the scope of patients that can come to you for treatment.  

3. Do I need a financial incentive?

Money doesn’t always make the world go round and is not always the motivator for working in one job over another. However, a raise or percentage share of practice billings might incentivise you sufficiently to stay in this location.

You may answer this with a no, and that’s great too. You now are one step closer to working out what you really need from a job, and the solution isn’t just more money.

4. Is there flexibility or room for change?

After being in a role for some time, it’s only natural you’d come up with ideas, new ways of doing things, making the process more efficient. Try going to your manager or practice principal with the suggestion. How open are they to it? Does your practice or workplace encourage peer review and open feedback conversations?

It can important to feel as though you can effect change in your workplace and if you don’t feel that way, then this might be a sign for something new.

5. Is the grass just a different shade of purple?

Consider whether your dissatisfaction or unease is more to do with internal rather than external factors. Will a new job or new location really make you more satisfied with life and happy or will it simply shift the problem to another day?

On the other hand, pinpoint exactly what you don’t like about your job. If you can specify what it is, for example, the workplace culture or distance from home, then these are factors you can search for in prospective employers.

6. Do I have a future here?

Can you picture yourself in this role or in the same organisation in two years’ time? If you can’t see yourself continuing on the path you’re on, then maybe it’s time to make a change. Take stock and reflect on whether this healthcare or medical job aligns with your broader medical career goals. If it’s not a step on the path to your career dreams, it may be time to make a change.


If you are ready to make a change in your healthcare job or medical career, sign-in to HealthcareLink and apply to our ‘On-Demand Program‘.