I’m one of those people who gets paid by the hour to look after patients.
And I do this job for a living.
So what makes me tick?
I think the most obvious answer is that it’s a good way to make money.
I get paid to help people and that’s my livelihood, I suppose.
So I suppose it’s an honour to do this.
I’ve had the privilege to be part of a group of doctors and surgeons who are doing the same thing.
But what about other professions?
And is there any research to back this up?
Well, I’m not going to pretend to know everything there is about this, but I can say that the research I’ve done into the benefits of doing a postgraduate degree in ophthalmic medicine is pretty robust.
This is a field where people are paying top dollar for a degree that can last them 20 years.
And the data we have from universities and research institutes, we’ve been able to gather is that they tend to spend more than other jobs in the economy on postgraduate education.
So this isn’t just a good thing for doctors.
It’s also good for patients.
There’s a large body of evidence that people who earn postgraduate degrees are less likely to suffer from eye diseases and other conditions, and are less vulnerable to being injured in the workplace.
The benefits to the public purse are clear, too.
There are a lot of people who have gone on to become doctors, but they’ve also had to make sacrifices, which has resulted in a lot more people losing their jobs.
It has been estimated that between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the total UK population now lives with a severe eye condition, so it’s likely that that would have been a significant driver for the loss of jobs, too, if they were to leave the profession.
There is a lot that can be done to improve the lives of people with a chronic eye disease.
One of the first things I would like to do is to do more research into the potential benefits of getting a post-graduate degree and the opportunities that may arise for those who do choose to go into that profession.
The second thing I would do is make sure that those people with serious eye conditions get the care they need.
So it’s very difficult to predict exactly what the future will bring, but one thing is clear, and that is that we need to be looking at ways of getting more people into the profession, and reducing the risks to the health of patients and society.
But there’s a third big thing that we can do, and I think that’s to be honest with ourselves.
When I talk to people about what they do, they usually have one of two responses: they’re either proud of what they’re doing or they’re just happy they can do something about it.
For a lot, the first response is a bit of a lie, because we are so used to having to say: “I’m a doctor, I’ve got to do what I’ve gotta do to get ahead.
I don’t have time for that.”
The second response is: “But, but, but what if I just stop doing what I’m doing?”
I think we need a third response.
We need to start asking ourselves what we want to do, if it’s something that is in the public interest.
And that could be: I want to be a nurse, or I want a PhD, or perhaps I want an MBA.
That could be what I want.
I think what we need is a sense of wonderment about what it might be like to be someone else, rather than a sense that you’re just going to sit around and be happy about your job.
There might be something to that.
The other thing I’d like to suggest is that if you’re going to have a postgraduate degree, it’s worth doing it for the money.
If you’re getting paid by a large company, you might be happier doing that job.
But if you get paid by an individual university, and if you don’t get paid enough, you’re likely to end up working in a less rewarding and less fulfilling position.
So a postdoctoral degree, in the long run, may not be the best option.
And for those of us who have to work at the bottom end of the income scale, it may be a better option than a PhD. But that’s another story.