View Full Version : Career Change?

04-23-2007, 03:56 PM
Ok so I need some Intercot support, you all are so great! :number1:

I have worked in the medical field for about 18 years now. I started out as a file clerk in college and presently I'm an office manager/medical assitant in an internal medicine office. I have worked in every possible position you could have, primary care, OB, specialists, you name it.

At this point I kinda run my own show, it's just me and one other girl and the doctor here now. So you ask, what's my problem? That's what I can't figure out, but I hate this job. I feel like in the grand scheme of things I have worked in so much worse conditions but I just feel like my head's going to explode when I'm here.

The doctor somewhat makes me feel bad at how much money I make (which for what I do isn't enough), I feel responsible for everything, I find myself less sympathetic to patient's and their problems, etc. One day I decided that I wanted to take some time off. Told the doctor the day before, came in at 7:15 am that morning, got everything set up and together, left around 10:00. Was told the next day that I "abandoned her" even though I could have called in sick, not shown up, but not my style. I was stunned.

Anyways, I have been investigating the possible opportunity of working for a local non profit animal organization here. Animals are my passion, I actually volunteer for this place on my days off. I'm just so scared at venturing out into something "new". Medical stuff seems to be all I know, all I'm qualified to do. I know I would have to take a pay cut to get my foot in the door, but I wonder if even at a lesser pay it might be a more fulfilling, rewarding thing for me to do.

Sorry for the rant, sometimes, you all are the ones I can vent this stuff to. My DH just tells me to do whatever makes me happy (like that helps :D )

Thanks as always, you guys are great!! :thumbsup:

04-23-2007, 04:08 PM
I have to agree with your DH here - do what makes you happy. If you hate the job you are in and you think the new job at the animal shelter would make you happy, go for it if you can afford to take the pay cut. You can always apply and interview and not take the job if it doesn't seem to be what you want. Make a list of questions for the interview such as: what is the salary, what are the opportunities for advancement and raises, what are the benefits (if you need them), what are the expectations of the job, possibly even why the position is vacant (is it a hard job that nobody wants and has had a lot of turn-over or did the person who held it before you have it for a long time and left for other reasons). It sounds like you have plenty of experience to run an office regardless of whether it's medical related or not. Good luck and keep us updated on your decision!

04-23-2007, 04:11 PM
Do what you like, life is to short not to. Even if you take a cut in pay it's worth it if you enjoy your job. Good luck:thumbsup:

04-23-2007, 04:32 PM
I totally agree with Kathy & Stephanie -- do what makes you happy. Otherwise, you will always be wondering "what if?" Plus, I would imagine that if you are spending every day doing something that is fulfilling to you and brings a smile to your face, it's going to pay off it ways that aren't necessarily $$-related, too. If you can afford to take the drop in pay, I'd definitely go for it -- if not, see if there is a way to change around a few other things in your life to change your financials in such a way that you could make the change! Good luck -- it's always hard to give up the familiar, even if it isn't what makes you the happiest. Go with your heart... :thumbsup:

04-23-2007, 07:37 PM
Put simply, in life there are givers and takers. Some ppl tend to make others responsible for their behaviors and their misery (usually not the good stuff) and there are people who feel overly responsible for their own behavior and others. Sounds like you don't have a good balance here at this job. It is sometimes difficult to change things. I agree if you are miserable, move on. If the things don't work out in the animal field you can always go back to medicine. :pixie: and best wishes.

04-23-2007, 09:46 PM
I definitely think if you can afford the pay cut then GO FOR IT! Why not right? It doesn't sound like you are appreciated at your current job. You could always try the animal shelter job or something different and if it doesn't work out you could go back to what you know and find someone who will appreciate you. Best of luck! :)