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Objective: To determine the extent to which a doctor in NWFP has the knowledge and opportunity to plan
his career at right time and reasonable cost.
Material and Methods: This prospective descriptive study was conducted at the Postgraduate Medical
Institute, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar from August 2006 to January 2007. Relevant
information's were recorded on a questionnaire prepared in accordance with the objectives of the study.
Results: This study comprised of 82 individuals who responded to the questionnaire, with age ranging
from 25-35 years (mean age 28.13 years, SD +/-2.8, median 30 years). Out of 82 respondents, 25 (30.5%)
had received some kind of orientation about career planning while 56 (68.3%) had received no orientation
so far (one respondent did not answered this question). Out of 82, sixty-two (75.6%) were either selfmotivated
to attempt a postgraduate exam or were guided by their teachers. In terms of time lost, 29
(35.4%) replied that they had wasted their time in thinking/choosing, while 13 (15.8%) pointed out to have
wasted additional time in switching over their career from one field to another. Similarly, in terms of
finance, 07 (8.07%) responded to have suffered financially.
Conclusion: In NWFP due attention has not been paid to career planning and even the well educated
class (doctors) are wasting their precious time and finances due to lack of guidance in career planning
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