Fantastic question! I strongly believe that we need to present a positive role model when we communicating with people about our jobs otherwise why would anyone believe what we are saying?
Young people aren’t stupid and they can tell if somebody is not being truthful with them. There upsides and downsides to any job in the world but I genuinely believe that the positives by far outweigh the negative’s when working in healthcare and General Practice in particular.
I would say be honest with young people give them the information they need to make the decision about whether they want to go into career in healthcare and show them that it is possible to be happy doing this worthwhile career!
I think ensuring they are well informed and get a rounded and “real” view of what we do.
Also, ensuring people are aware of all the different avenues /areas there are to work in, including being a doctor (many different types), nurse, OT, physio etc etc and the ability to work in many different places across the world. With my medical experience, I was able to work for a year in Australia, which was a great experience (and fun)!
I love this question! I love teaching medical students and it is something I hope will play a huge role in my career in later life. From seeing which teachers have inspired me, and which have not, I think the key things in teaching healthcare professionals are being inspiring, encouraging and empowering. Students need to see that the people they are training to be like are happy in their roles and get satisfaction from what they do. I also firmly believe that educators who give praise to their students and constructive criticism rather than unkind put-downs, make much better teachers. Finally, students and trainees need to be made to feel that they have the capabilities to do what it is they are training to do, and see how they can realistically get there.