A career in the medical industry can be well paid and rewarding. There’s also no shortage of opportunities – many medical jobs are in high demand. Medicine is notoriously one of the hardest industries to crack however due to the thorough amount of education and preparation needed in order to show that you’re fit for the job. You also need to be certain that you have the personal skills needed to thrive in this industry. Did you know that I once wanted to retrain as a paramedic? Here are just a few tips for anyone eager to get into medicine.
Choose your niche
Most people have their sights set on becoming a doctor, but there are other jobs in medicine such as nursing, pharmaceutical work, physical therapy and medical technology engineering. Even if you do want to become a doctor, there are then numerous specialism within this field – you could become a GP, a surgeon, an anaesthetist or a radiologist just to name a few different roles. By choosing your niche early, you can focus on getting the right education and the right experience for the job.
Get an education
Having good grades in school can help with any medical career. You then need to decide whether to take an apprenticeship or a degree – an apprenticeship can help you land a job as a paramedic or a midwife, however a degree is necessary if you want to become a doctor or a nurse. Doctors must also attend medical school after completing a degree to become fully qualified. If you’re an aspiring nurse, it could be useful studying a DNP. Why get a DNP? It could expand your options and give you the extra knowledge needed to take on more senior roles. Do your research to find the best education route for you.
Bag some work experience
Work experience will look good on your application. Consider applying for some volunteer work within your local hospital or clinic. Getting a part-time job as a porter could also be beneficial, giving you an understanding of how a hospital works and allowing you to mix with doctors and nurses.
Find other ways to show your passion
There could be other ways to show your passion for medicine such as joining St John’s ambulance, starting a medical blog or reading medical books. This can all be extra stuff to put on your CV that could improve your employability.
Build the right mindset
Working in the medical industry requires certain personal skills that you may need to develop. You’ll need to be a good communicator and a people person – being friendly and approachable is a necessity. You’ll also need to be good at working under pressure – if you often get stressed over small things, you may want to work on ways to calm your nerves and keep your cool in difficult situations. Many interviews may involve deliberately putting applicants under stress to ensure that they are able to deal with the pressure. Finally, you’ll need to be enthusiastic. Always be willing to challenge yourself and go above and beyond to show that you have what it takes.
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