When it comes to looking for your first job, I think you’re either an “apply to everything” person or “apply for what you really want” person. I was the former, but I don’t know what the right answer is.
Our class graduated one month early, but only half our class was employed at that time. I spent 100 days looking for a job. I was frustrated. I knew that I should enjoy my time and trust the process, but it was hard to watch classmates enter the workforce.
I ultimately want to work inpatient, but took my current role (1 year term) for the opportunity to work in something that was somewhat related to infectious diseases, while also keeping the broad generalist approach that comes with family medicine. Working in the setting of COVID-19 means adapting to constantly changing policies as new knowledge is uncovered.
I am considered “leadership” in my job, and influence new changes in the workplace on a regular basis.