Pediatricians often choose their jobs based on several factors. Here are some general categories to consider with questions you can ask to make sure that you find a job that is right for you:
Personal and Family Needs
Personal and family needs play a significant role in selecting the right position.
- How important is it to have friends or family/relatives close by for additional support?
- Are there career opportunities for my spouse/partner?
- Are there sufficient educational and cultural opportunities available?
- Does the climate and available recreational activities suit me/my family?
- Does the community appeal to me?
- What is the cost of living?
- Are the salary and benefits sufficient for me/my family?
Here are some questions to help assess career objectives before starting a job search.
- What kinds of patients do you want to serve?
- Do you want to practice a specific style or philosophy of pediatrics?
- Do you prefer inpatient or outpatient care?
- Do you enjoy working shifts?
- What type of location would you like to be in—rural, suburban, urban?
- Are you a team player or someone who likes to go it alone?
- Do you want full-time work, part-time work, or job-sharing?
- What are your long-term goals?
- How many hours do you want to work?
- Do you mind working a lot of evenings and weekends?
- How often do you want to be on call?
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