Sinthujan Sivarajah is a young dentist, who graduated from Barts and The London in 2016 and since then has spent a few years in further training posts as a junior oral and maxillofacial doctor, pursuing his interest in oral surgery. With a combination of his old and newly learnt skills, he has now returned to his roots in dentistry. In 10 simple questions, Sinthujan covers his experience and education and gives us a little insight into life as a dentist.
1. Use three words to describe your job
Hands-on, professionally personal, technical.
2. What is a book or movie that inspires you?
To be honest, I should do more reading - I find inspiration through mentors and listening to podcasts.
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3. What was your first job?
A small-time tradesman at school.
4. Who inspires you?
My dad is my biggest inspiration but I've easily been inspired by a lot of people I've met over time.
5. Which has been more valuable in your career, your education or your experience?
Experience - there are many aspects of my field you cannot practice purely from education but instead, through experiences based on a solid educational foundation.
6. What drew you to this field?
Dentistry is a heavily hands-on and technical career. You're constantly meeting different people and establishing long-term relationships. I have always been keen on working for myself and having flexibility when it comes to balancing my work and personal life.
7. What skills have you found vital to your job?
Communication! Good manual dexterity and an interest in sciences.
8. Would you do anything differently if you could go back in time?
If I could go back in time, I would have maybe studied harder, so the storm of finals every year was a little more comfortable. Other than that, I have no regrets with the obstacles I have overcome and the decisions I have made.
9. What does a typical day at work look like?
1) Examining and treating patients.
2) Talking to patients - their oral health, their treatment and non-dental conversations.
3) Writing notes (the more tiresome part of the day)
10. What advice do you have for someone who wants to enter the industry?
My advice for someone looking to enter the industry is finding out what you want from the job, any job. It could be something in the specific role or what you wish to take away from the job and ultimately asking if you see yourself sustain this lifestyle for a reasonable amount of time. Speaking to a few of us in the industry can increase your understanding of the job role and whether it is right for you.
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