Despite all the negative vibe around the medical industry, this is still an overall good time to become a doctor in the UK.

With the shortage of skilled labour in key areas now affecting the NHS, it is a fact that there are more positions available for highly motivated and well-trained doctors, who can rapidly move up the ranks within the ranks of the public service or start a career in the private sector instead.

As admitted by senior figures in the UK medical world, the country is not training enough individuals to become doctors, so deciding to become one is a decision that will have a positive impact on the wider society as well as on your professional life.

But what are the main skills needed – and the approach required to become a doctor in today’s highly competitive industry?

First of all, resilience is key to success in medicine. The lengthy and testing academic side of the degree along with the practical tests that surgeons and nurses have to deal with from an early stage mean that this a profession for those who are really passionate. And possibly ready to make a sacrifice in terms of social life. Resilience will also be essential from a professional perspective, as a doctor’s life is always full of tests – from appraisals to sudden changes in the industry.

Fear not, however, as the very low dropout rates in medicine go to show that once you are ready to set out on this rocky academic and professional path, it already probably means that you are ready to face the tests that lie ahead.

If you are willing to become a doctor, also bear in mind that empathy and people skills are essential to a career that revolves around the way you deal with patients and how you relate to them. So if you are after a humanly, rewarding job, which allows you to see a positive impact on the people within the community, it is likely that starting a medicine degree will be a great choice for your future.

On top of all this, the capability to deal with numbers and a solid background in scientific subjects will help greatly, especially as you attend the first two years and deal with the most theoretical parts of your degree.

Finally, you shouldn’t forget about the importance of collaboration and the ability to work within a team. At the beginning of your career, you will hardly ever work autonomously, so make sure you have a good attitude to teamwork and have a curious approach. Your colleagues will ultimately be a priceless source of knowledge and inspiration.

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