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The day in the autopsy room : career guidance

                                                                                                        I still remember that day .In the autopsy room only my teacher , myself and of course the dead body was there . But in my medical undergraduation  i enjoyed that day .  Dont get me wrong , the stench was still there and that was one place where movie drama is comparable to reality . But the teacher was describing each step to me and just like a scientific story unravelling i was following it, the scientific  inquisitiveness in me removing all the negative eeriness in that atmosphere. 

Fast forward an year , there was social and preventive medicine (supposed to be a boring subject ) posting in internship which was amply sprinkled with powerpoint presentations , voluntary computer teaching in NGOs , group discussions and dips in neyyar dam river and even publishing a small newsletter .The contrast from forensics was stark but both these postings gave me insights into what part of each specialty or career i enjoyed .  

Though i never became a forensic scientist or a social and preventive medicine specialist with no regrets  both these postings enabled me to understand what aspect of a career i enjoyed .  If you read the archives of British Medical Journal (BMJ)career focus, which i did decades back ,you will understand that each career has certain strengths and weaknesses . Actually these strengths and weaknesses are relative , depending on each career aspirants personality . Though few people do professional personality tests and they have their limitations , a key to understanding yourself is observing how you respond in various situations even in your student life and early professional career . 

For some a powerpoint presentation or teaching  a group of people may be more thrilling than meticulous dissection of human brain . For some it may be the reverse . For some the spirit of entrepreneurship may be more thrilling than waiting for the siren at 5 pm signalling end of work ( thats obsolete , right ?) 

Do you enjoy managing people ?  Do you like teaching /training ? Do you like working with your hands ? Do you enjoy deep scientific problems ? If you observe yourself  you will learn where you excel and where you have a passion . And in the long run the most satisfied ones are who are able to align as much as possible their skills and passions to what they do . Its not that difficult  as proved by two of my classmates one is a harvard alumnus (not residency ) and another a computer scientist in UK .  Both are doctors and though many are surprised, BMJ career focus decades back has given detail of these too . 

With careers often shaped by demand -supply equation the follow your passion articles may look utopian and non practical . But on the contrary , just like crossing a turbulent river its best to swim neither against the flow nor in its direction if you want to reach the opposite bank . My point is keep your skills and aspirations and in the medium to long term gradually gravitate into that part of any career or job which fulfils your passion . These days avenues are expanding inspite of the competition . Be it areas like Geriatrics and emergency medicine in medical careers or biomedical engineers developing made in india softwares and hardwares each day newer areas are materialising . 

Though the fresher especially will be bewildered and desperate for a job , still in the anxiety free moments , reflect on where you would like to go in the medium or long term . Speak to people , network , listen to yourself , be realistic yet be dreamy . And best wishes in your career search 

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