Career advice from a senior doctor to a junior doctor

Doctors are all over the press right now. We’ve chatted to a junior doctor about striking and discussed what the situation actually is. But now, on a different note, we’ve chatted to a senior doctor who is one of the most in-demand medical professionals in the world, Dr Barbara Kubicka. This is her advice for junior doctors and aspiring medical professionals. 

We talked all things confidence-building, Kylie Jenner’s lips and building a successful career in a tough industry. Prepare to be inspired and encouraged.

Dr Barbara Kubicka

Image Credit: Dr Barbara Kubicka

1. Did you always know what you wanted to do?

Not at all! When I was younger I was interested in people and art. I thought I might do interior design but had to choose between medicine and architecture at the time and I ended up choosing medicine. I wasn’t really happy with my choice at the start and I went into plastic surgery because I felt that it was more creative. I really wanted to travel so I did that too, studying in Paris at the renowned College de International de Medicine Esthetique and then coming to London to work in Harrods and then set up my own clinic in Belgravia.

2. What do you think about doctors’ jobs today?
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3. What is your career advice to junior doctors and aspiring medical professionals?

Be true to yourself. We make decisions a lot of the time based on other opinions but don’t let yourself be pushed. Do what makes you happy. Being fulfilled is the most important thing when it comes to your career. I believe that money and success come as a result of a person’s passion.

4. With celebrities as young as 18-year-old Kylie Jenner showing off and promoting surgical enhancements, where do you stand on this issue?

Up to the age of 25 we are still establishing an identity. When we are young we are vulnerable and I think that people should wait before getting any enhancements until they are at least 25. If it’s a significant issue such as the pinning back of ears or a bumpy nose needing correcting then those cases can be different, but should still be viewed on an individual basis. Women trying to compare themselves to celebrities is wrong. I get so many clients asking for lips like the Kardashians but as a doctor I won’t do this, although many doctors would to make money. The appearance is such a delicate subject and changes need careful thought.

5. Do you think how people look can harm or help their careers?

I think appearance is the first thing people notice in job interviews. If you feel you look your best you will be more confident and do better at work as a whole. Acne is a big thing that knocks the confidence of people, particularly young people, but there is help available to get rid of it. Use a good exfoliator with fruit acids in it, clean your skin properly and use hydrating products. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can also work wonders. It’s important to address the psychological side of confidence because when I did a placement at the NHS in their psychiatry unit I saw that stress and depression shows on the body and the face. If we feel we don’t look our best we can feel dismissed and rejected which can have a huge impact on your career.

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