Life after medical school

Here I am, two months after my MD thesis defense. The euphoria is gone and reality has set in, I need a job, I need a house…well truth is I just need money to start my life. After 7 demanding years, moving to the next stage of life is a very tricky one. However this got me thinking, I love writing and I have a computer…. Blog!! ( EUREKA moment! lol).

While looking for a job or thinking of going back to school, this is the time to discover what other things you can do with your time, explore your hidden talents and share them with others. Some of these talents can earn you extra cash. Here are a few ideas

  • Volunteer

When you volunteer, it shows you are passionate about something and money isn’t all that matters to you (yeah, I know I said extra cash! lol).It gives you a place to be, people to interact with, and a regular routine.  Look at it this way, it’s a plus on your Curriculum Vitae and most employers will hire you because they know you’ll get the job done with integrity.   Some good organisations to volunteer for are HERO Cameroon, MSF.

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photo by Ed Gobina for HERO Cameroon
  • Create a blog or YouTube channel

So you love writing, GREAT! You do a lot of DIY, PERFECT! Create a free blog, the most common free blog domains are powered by wordpress, blogger. Creating a YouTube channel is free too. You can actually make some extra cash from this! Imagine sitting behind a laptop for a few hours every day and making money ( la vida loca!).

Moonrise over downtown

  • Learn something new

Is there something you always wanted to learn, but never had the time? Here’s your chance. Maybe learning how to cook, braid hair, dancing, driving lessons, swimming, using Microsoft Excel or some other cool software. There are so many cool ways to learn all of this. As some people always say, ‘Google is your friend’.

  • Take a free online course

If you have access to a good internet connection, you can take an online course. There are so many sites out there such as Alison and edX. You have a wide variety and you learn at your own pace, plus you’re getting knowledge for FREE!

  • Start a business

Depending on how much you may have saved through out medical school, you can start your own business. From being a charcoal supplier to ladies who roast corn/ripe plantains at the roadside to owning your own event decor business, there are so many opportunities out there.

These are a few ideas on how to stay busy while waiting, the good news is even after getting a job or going back to school, you can still do some of these. What are your thoughts? Drop them in the comment section below.


You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good – Jerry West

14 thoughts on “Life after medical school

  1. Franklin Nkengafac Ngueiwoh

    Very amazing ideas. I have actually started doing a few and suddenly not having a day job ain’t that boring at all.
    Thanks for the insight.

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  2. Bimela Herman

    Very intriguing… Wud love if you blog on challenges and realities of a medical doctor… Loved the part where you said even with a job, one can do somthx else for a living, I totally agree and if possible blog on it and encourage many others on this impending reality

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    1. Bimela Herman

      Very intriguing… Wud love if you blog on challenges and realities of a medical doctor… Loved the part where you said even with a job, one can do somthx else for a living, I totally agree and if possible blog on it and encourage many others on this impending reality

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  3. Dr Nsong Antoine

    Msf actually do pay volunteer. Another good way to volunteer is to start a outreach or mobile health clinic with free consultations. The advantage is that it can get you the community recognition to get your feet off the ground. Also very quickly as your name get around,the cash will start flowing subsequently.

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  4. Benny

    Besides all those amazing things, you can actually plan and map out a good, solid five year plan for yourself and see where that takes you. Work on your plan A, plan B and plan C. Think about it, research about it and visualise it. I know it’s cliché but the money will come in time

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  5. Ojong Assanga

    Ok,i don’t even know how i got here today but this has been great.Of all places, this is where i finally found answers.Who would have imagined.Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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