This question is directed moreso at those attending Medical/Dental school. I was just wondering how do you feel about your previous career before going back to school? Was it valuable? Was it a waste of time? Was it a 'necessary evil'? I've been struggling throughout medical school and sometimes it makes me wistful for my old job/ old life when things were a lot less challenging. I truly enjoy medical school and would not consider leaving it but I find that a lot of the skills that I cultivated in the past are of no use now. This kind of makes me sad. Honestly, I would never consider that the skills I acquired in negotiating an advertising deal would be helpful for studying pathology or any med school subject. However this makes me think that my previous life was a total waste of time and energy. The things I think I was good at: creative problem solving, being thorough and part of a team, are really not emphasized during the first two years of school. Furthermore, I've moved around a lot so I don't have the friends from those old jobs and places I used to have. Lately, I've been feeling like a stranger in a strange land. The tools in my toolbox just don't work here. I've come to the conclusion that maybe I've wasted a lot of time picking up those skills.