As the year draws to an end people tend to become introspective and evaluate where they are on life’s path. For many, the conclusion that their current job or career is unfulfilling, unbalanced or is not a trajectory to lead them to personal and professional prosperity they desire becomes a stark reality. When this happens, what should you do? According to Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of OrthoNOW®, the nation’s only franchised orthopedic urgent care centers, signs that indicate a need for a career change include:
- No joy our passion for the work you’re doing,
- Working with people with whom you don’t respect,
- Inability to move up the career ladder, and
- Internal or external factors outside of the work’s control that threaten or stymie professional growth, income earning or retirement
Badia says “When considering a change of career doing a self – assessment is the first step. By conducting a self -assessment you will be able to clarify the reality of changing jobs or even careers. This process includes identifying what your values are, knowing what you your goals are, and researching and talking to other people in different fields to learn how your goals, interests and values align”. He continues, “Further, after the self – assessment and interviews with others some people may find that they need to be open to relocation or that self – employment is a viable alternative.
Christine Dura M. Ed, Director of Development for OrthoNOW®, agrees. Dura, a previous four-time Master Franchisee with over twenty-five years of C and V level experience says “Quitting a job simply because you hate it is never the right choice. Career course correction is more prevalent among tenured workers and is highly common in industries like healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical device sales where income levels can be high but which are also frequently highly regulated creating environmental issues that remove or diminish autonomy or threaten income stability”.
Franchising, says Dura, offers the ability to achieve dream equity while reducing the risk of startup failure as the individual is supported by experts in a proven business model. She cautions though that entrepreneurism and franchising is not for everyone. When considering self-employment, Dura believes your self – assessment should also include the following:
- Financial capability and the ability to sustain yourself for a minimum of six months,
- A well-developed and supportive personal and professional network that will support both you and the business especially in its emerging stages, and
- The right personality characteristics
What are the right personality characteristics? Both Badia and Dura believe that entrepreneurs need to be free thinkers who have had some previous degree of experience in operations, sales and marketing. They also need to have a network of business relationships they can leverage and take as talent or customers into the new enterprise.
When you have complete your assessment, and find that self – employment is right for you there are numerous public and private organizations that can aid you with the creation of a solid business plan, financing and other expert guidance on legal, tax and regulatory compliance. When this happens nine to five can take on a whole new meaning!
About Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS
Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS is a hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon Founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Doral, a fully integrated clinical facility for the upper limb also encompassing the Surgery Center at Doral, rehabilitation and an MRI imaging facility. Dr. Badia graduated from Cornell University and completed his medical degree at NYU. He served as the worldwide president of ISSPORTH and co-founded the globally recognized Miami Anatomical Research and Training Center (M.A.R.C.) and The Surgery Center at Doral, an elite state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery Center.
After years of a successful medical career and a prestigious speaking legacy, he saw a need for specialized orthopedic urgent care Centers to efficiently assess and treat a range of orthopedic and sports injuries and founded OrthoNOW®, the only network of orthopedic urgent care centers in the country. Each OrthoNOW® has a team of orthopedic specialists on staff that treat broken bones, sprains, torn ligaments and muscles, cuts, sports and worker’s compensation injuries.
Dr. Badia, a two-time South Florida Business Journal Top 100 Power Leaders in Healthcare and a Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, has also been honored with Legacy Awards from Today’s Work Comp Professionals and The Doral Business Council. OrthoNOW® was named a “Top Ten Franchise Opportunity” in healthcare by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured in the following media: Franchise Times, Orthopedics This Week, South Florida Business Journal, Franchise USA Magazine and The Miami Herald.
About Christine Dura, M.Ed.,
Christine E. Dura has over 25 years of quantifiable executive management and franchise related leadership experience within the US and internationally with notable franchise startups in the service, technology, retail, food, health and wellness, financial service, medical care, technology and professional services.
As a Senior Franchise Executive and Entrepreneur, Ms. Dura has been both an individual contributor and has successfully led world-class teams. Ms. Dura excels at partnering with all core business operations to significantly increase the company’s foot print, expand market share, and generate sustainable revenue and EBIT gains.
OrthoNOW® is a network of specialized urgent care centers focused on sports medicine and the treatment and prevention of the full range of orthopedic injuries, all on a walk-in basis. Services include treatment of injuries to the hand, wrist, foot, ankle, knee, spine and shoulder, as well as preventative consultation and regimens by experts in orthopedics. Named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Franchise Opportunity” in healthcare in 2014, OrthoNOW® has become the first and only orthopedic urgent care center network in the nation to provide franchise opportunities. The expansion in the past two years includes centers in Florida and Georgia. Visit www.OrthoNOWfranchise.com for more information.