I read a nice post on Linkedin by Chris Anders of Albior Financial Recruitment today and it really struck a cord with some discussions we had with one of our clients.
Chris had contacted a candidate about a great career advancement opportunity – fully expecting the candidate to jump at the chance to be considered. The candidate however declined the opportunity as they felt that they had “already reached the top”. In Chris’s own words “He wasn’t anywhere near the top, he would have needed binoculars to see the top”.
Confused, Chris wanted more information. They had realised that the work-life balance they had achieved, in combination with the flexibility and salary offered by their current job was exactly what they wanted. Any career advancement would compromise on time with their family away from work.
As dental recruiters, we’re often pushing a dynamic job spec, with promises of training and further development, opportunities to move away from clinical dentistry in to a management or mentoring role.
The client I had been talking to is able to offer exactly that sort of development opportunity to dentists keen to continue their professional development. But it’s here where the conversation changed course and struck a particular chord with Chris’s recent post. My client reflected that they were also eager to recruit dentists and other staff, who enjoyed clinical dentistry, but also wanted to achieve a better work-life balance as well.
Whether part or full time, flexible bank working, semi-retired or just keen to avoid a UDA target driven role, my client felt that there was space in their team for dentists at all stages of their career.
As Chris states in his post, everyone’s definition of “making it to the top” is different. Whether dentists are still striving to get there, have a long term career development goal, have visited or got close to the top and decided the view was better from part of the way up, there are still some great opportunities out there for dentists.
Luckily for them, my client has practices in wonderful locations throughout Cornwall which offers great schooling for children, lovely surf, fantastic walks and other wonderful outlets – including playing host to some of the best chef’s and restaurants the UK has to offer.
Wherever you are in your Dental career journey to your version of “the top”, we’d be pleased to hear from you.