Editorials

Your career: planning for the unexpected

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7368.790 (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:790

Come to the BMJ Careers Fair and learn how to think about an unpredictable future

  1. Richard Smith, Editor
  1. BMJ

    Career Focus p s115

    Are you somebody who plans ahead in life? Do you have an idea of what you might be doing in 10 years' time? The training and work of doctors is increasingly controlled. In Britain, for example, specialist training is defined, general training is being defined, and lifelong appraisal and revalidation are being introduced. Everybody will need to have a personal development plan. Doctors might therefore feel that their working life is being planned for them, but these innovations come at a time when the future is highly uncertain. Will the NHS still exist in 10 years' time? What changes will the new genetics and information technology bring? Will Britain be part of the United States of Europe by 2020? What will it be like …

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