Nibir Hossain

Dentist, NSW Health

Nibir currently works as a dentist at NSW health in Newcastle. He graduated with a dental and physiotherapy degree from the University of Sydney. Nibir has been living in Newcastle for the past 12 months and enjoys having an active social and family life. He enjoys engaging in a variety of activities from sports, art classes, seminars and daily exercise is a must! He personally defines success as continuing to be happy, healthy and enjoying what he does for work.

1. How do you manage your work/life balance?

Dentistry is a good career for anyone who prioritises a work-life balance. As a career generally you have more flexible hours and typically a workweek is limited to 38-42 hours. As a result, this allows for dentists to enjoy an active social or family life. Personally, I enjoy engaging in a variety of activities from sports, art classes, seminars, as well as consistent daily exercise.

2. Where would you like to be in 10 years

 If possible… retired, but the more likely scenario is working in dentistry, between the public and private sector. Ultimately, I think I might enjoy engaging in some side projects or other (unrelated to denstistry) businesses as an adjunct as well.

3. How do you define success?

This is a really difficult question. I generally favour a fairly standard definition of success. That is, achieving success in any endeavour is when a person is able to achieve the goals that they set – where their expectations meet realistic outcomes. However, this presents some issues because, while some people may be considered to be successful by society, they themselves may not necessarily agree (because it is all about whether that person’s expectations are met). Also, it can be difficult to set realistic goals, and therefore ‘success’ for some people may not be possible. Personally, success is continuing to be happy, healthy and enjoying what I do.

4. What characteristics can make you successful in your profession?

From studies that have been done on the topic, researchers have found that people skills are at the forefront. While good technical proficiency yields the best and most aesthetic outcomes, the best patient outcomes are reported when your patient trusts you and likes you. Being a dentist is not a career for the socially awkward among us.

5. What advice would you give to someone five years younger than you, in any industry, to help them achieve success?

General advice is to talk to people who are in the profession or position you want to be in and ask questions like:

  • What makes someone successful in your position?
  • Equally what makes people struggle in the profession?
  • What is something you didn’t expect?

Then take the time to really think about those answers and trying to take on board the lessons of those mentors.