Published on:

14th Mar 2023

11. What Doctor Life In Your 20s Actually Looks Like / Dr Jeff Ko's Story

Ever wanted to know what it was like to be a young doctor? Well, this episode will give you all the details. Dr Jeff Ko is an absolute champion and he tells it like it is. A must listen for anyone with an interest in the medical field.

We chat about:

  • His experiences attending a high achieving school.
  • Moving to Australia from New Zealand to study undergraduate medicine.
  • What the journey has been like becoming a doctor.
  • The influence his family has had on his career.
  • How he landed on cardiology as a specialty.
  • What a typical work day looks like.
  • The actual lifestyle of a doctor (it's not as glamorous as TVs make it look!)
  • How accurate the perception is that becoming a doctor is a good way to make a lot of money.
  • KPIs in hospitals.
  • Debunking the idea that the best reason to become a doctor is because you want to help people.
  • Studying medicine in the classroom vs a hospital in front of a patient.
  • How he maintains a life outside of medicine and the importance of finding something to laugh at everyday.


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About the Podcast

Unserious Careers
Stories / tips / tricks on how to get Unserious about your career when you leave school
Unserious Careers is the podcast for school leavers and early 20-something year old's. Listen to stories about gap years, travel and how to use living as the best way to not find yourself working in a job you hate. I'll share my stories and bring on fun guests to share theirs.


I'm Alana Kilmartin: a former wannabe-doctor and current snowboarder. I was labelled a nerd at school but I gained some extra cool points in my 20s (I think...or maybe I don't care). I realised sh*t had got way too serious in my career and that all the stuff I'd been told at school about work was way off. I'm now wildly passionate about entertaining with my stories, exposing career loopholes and inspiring young people to take gap years. Giddy up.

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Website: https://www.unseriouscareers.com/