Working in health and medicine is a truly rewarding job. You will be supporting a lot of vulnerable people, and helping a variety of patients getting better and back on track with their health. It is a fantastic career path to choose if you want to give something back to society. Not only that, though, but there is also a very attractive package that comes with most jobs in the healthcare industry.
If you are thinking of starting a career in healthcare, you are probably already wondering where you should start. You may think it as simple as getting all the qualifications that you need, but actually, there is a lot more to it than that. To help you navigate your new career here is everything you ever wanted to know about a career in healthcare.
Which Type Of Job Exactly?
First of all, you need to work out exactly what it is you want to do in healthcare. After all, there are a lot of different jobs you might want to apply for. For instance, there are certain jobs that are classed as practitioner careers. These include the most technical and hands-on jobs, such as being a doctor and medical specialist. Generally speaking, these require a lot of training and education before you qualify. After you initially qualify, you will then get the chance to specialise in a particular field, such as surgery or dentistry. Another career path you might like to choose is one in the supportive sector. These include jobs that aren’t as qualified as doctors and nurses, but still involve a lot of hands-on care with patients. Most of the time, these support workers help patients live comfortably at home after they have had a serious accident or illness. They also work closely with the elderly and patients with mental health problems. You can take a look here to see the various supportive jobs available. Once you have picked the right job for you, it’s time to move onto the next step in your new career path.
Think About Your Options
Now you need to think about whether you need to go back to school or university, and other important factors that could affect your job hunt. If you want to start working in a practitioner health career, you will certainly have to go back to education. In some cases, for example, if you want to train to become a doctor, you will need to do an entire university course. And that could set you back a considerable amount of money. If you can’t really afford any more education and don’t have the time to take a whole other degree, you may be better off rethinking your decision and opting for a job that doesn’t require much retraining for. It is also to think about healthcare jobs in your local area. Each county and local area will have its own demands. For instance, one country might be in short supply of physiotherapists while another one might be looking to hire more nurses. If you want to train for a job that isn’t particularly in demand in your local area, you might be better off thinking of relocating. Relocating not an option? Then why not train for a healthcare profession that is in demand locally.
Decided To Study Again? Make Sure You Are Eligible
You will need to have some specific prerequisites before you can start any degrees or other qualifications that you need for your health care profession. For instance, if you want to start a degree, you will have to apply to a few different universities via UCAS. You will need to make sure you have the required A-Levels or other foundation qualifications before you qualify. As well as these, you will also need to write a cover letter and get some letters of recommendation from others. These letters of recommendations should, ideally, come from your current or previous employer. If you have only recently graduated from university, you could ask your personal tutor to recommend you for your next degree. It is important that you have all of these prerequisites before you start applying for your medical degree or qualifications. Otherwise, you are running the risk of not getting onto your desired course.
Decide On Your Speciality
Once you have qualified, most healthcare jobs require you to choose a speciality. For instance, once you are qualified as a doctor, you might want to work in oncology, gynecology or child medicine. Once you have decided which specialist route to take, you will need to study further and take more exams. It is extremely worth specialising as you will be given more responsibility, and will be entitled to a higher wage. However, you shouldn’t feel that you have to specialise. You can always train as a general practitioner (GP) and work in local practices diagnosing patients. This is a more general role than, say, an oncologist.
All of the above sounds like a whole lot of work, right?! But all that hard work isn’t over just yet. Now that you are qualified and know exactly where you want to work in healthcare, you need to try and get hired by an NHS trust. Each trust covers a certain area, and they will be responsible for their own recruitment. The best way to find out about job openings is to visit the website of the trust in which you want to work. You will need to apply for a job much in the way you would in any industry. Simply send off your CV and cover letter, complete with references. The NHS trust’s recruitment team will whittle all of the applicants down to a shortlist. If you manage to get onto the shortlist, you will be invited to an interview. Should you be successful in the interview, you will be offered the job!
As you can see, it is a long road to get your dream healthcare job. But once you get there, all that hard work will have been totally worth it!