By now the uncertainty in your career is going to be a feeling that you need to get used to temporarily. However, it is important to not be discouraged by this feeling or let it define you. It’s very easy to get carried away in self-sabotaging behavior and connect this experience with other aspects of your life.
It is especially tricky when everything else in your life is dependent on being able to match and be financially stable. Before you can strategize for the next year’s Match, reminders of your financial instability surround you. What is going to happen with my loans? What kind of jobs can I get until I match to support myself financially? What do people do when they don’t match? That’s when you start researching around hoping to find a resource, guidance, anything but come across nothing substantial. Often news articles on how a medical graduate is now working odd jobs for minimum wage, or how they changed their career paths. And even if you manage to come across some advice, it is often just tips on improving your application for when the next season starts in September.
In other words, there are no practical resources that can help you with how you are supposed to deal with your current financial situation. What kind of job search are you supposed to be doing for a position as a – Unmatched doctor? Do employers even know what that means? Also if you come across a job, will my ERAS application count as a resume? What am I going to put down for my work experience or do I leave four years of medical school off of the resume? What do you tell the bank? Can I hold off on my loan payments until next March at least; because if I did get a residency my first paycheck wouldn’t be until next July? Remembering that you are also going to probably borrow more money as well because applying to Match and going to interviews isn’t free, even the 2nd time around. How are you supposed to pay for all the opportunities that will keep you clinically relevant when you can’t find a job in your field to support yourself day to day?
These unanswered questions and obsolete job searches only start to instill a new sense of fear into you and add to your instability. Visit www.UmatchedMD.com for information and solutions.
**FACT** – Did you know? Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Utah, Florida, and New York are the only states currently that have created legislation to support unmatched graduates.