Are you going through “changes?” Is there life after career? This admittedly, is one of the biggest issues facing today’s practitioners, and other health care professionals. Let’s face it: anybody who has been in a private practice or a healthcare career ten years or more will tell you, almost invariably, that their perception of practice and their personal role in it has changed dramatically over what it once was even a few short years ago.
Some of this naturally is just a shift in various attitudes as we age, but in my opinion some of this also is deeply rooted in the numerous challenges that we are faced with, with ever increasing frequency.
It wasn’t that long ago that health care professionals, indeed most professionals, chose one career pathway, and simply stayed on that very same path for forty years or more. Some just retired from work entirely.
And no doubt, some of you reading this right now have never even thought about retirement or a life after work or practice. Perhaps you are new to this, and the concept of doing something totally different with your life seems very distant, not necessarily a priority.
But, the fact of the matter is the vast majority of practitioners and other health care professionals are 30 years old or more before they even start to glimpse financial security. Many of us are now, or will be even older than 30, by the time we reach that same point due to the rising price of education, not to mention costs associated with starting a private practice. For most of us, the years spent from 30 to 45 or 50 are spent raising families, as well as paying down physical, emotional, and financial debt that’s left over from early in our careers.
Now add to this unforeseen circumstances such as those associated with work, living the lifestyle you and your significant others imagined as students, the natural physical and emotional changes of getting older, a significant illness or disability of yourself, spouse or close family member, unforeseen divorce, and the ever evolving practice landscape… I call this collection of life circumstances health care professionals face simply, the “changes”.
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