Life after quitting housemanship – a what-if scenario

It’s easy to think quitting housemanship is the solution to all your problems. 

I’m not here to tell you about my experience about quitting housemanship. This post aims to help guide your thinking process if you are on the verge of quitting.

See, life after quitting housemanship wouldn’t be as rosy as you think. There are many considerations to take into account.

Financial obligation

Do you have a back-up plan after quitting?

Do you already have a second job that you can immediately transition into after quitting?

Do you currently have enough emergency savings to last you for at least 6 months?

Do you have a backup plan in case your job search after quitting housemanship fails? It’s not easy to get back into the government sector if you quit. 

Time lost – opportunity cost

It took at least 5 years to get that medical degree. 

Do you think it’s worth it, not having at least passed through housemanship and getting a full registration with the Malaysian Medical Council?

Do you think it’s worth it to redo everything and go through another 3 or 4 more years to get another degree to start all over?

Do you think you can somehow make up for the lost opportunities alone the way that exist in other fields, just by quitting and catching up?

Granted, one can always go into related healthcare fields with a medical degree. Plenty of people have done it. For example, pharmaceutical sales, insurance etc. Let’s not delve too deep into that.

Think carefully before you leap

Nobody said housemanship is easy. 

Everyone knows how toxic it can be. No one is condoning covering up all the alleged sexual harassment, mental health issues and bullying that are prevalent in the field. It’s another topic altogether.

But like what I wrote in my other post – 

Pain is temporary. Growth is permanent.

You might find tremendous success in other fields. Yet, as with everything in life, nothing in certain. The opposite might just happen and you could be in deeper shit than you were before. So do consider all options before making that decision.

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