January 28, 2016
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
Pursuing a career in healthcare requires a longer and more rigorous training period compared to most other fields. If you’re considering a career in medicine but are hesitant because you’re wondering whether it’s the right choice for you (and whether the longer and more expensive training is worth it), take a look at some of the many ways that a career in healthcare scores over most other career choices.
The healthcare industry has always been in demand globally, and that trend shows no signs of abating. People are going to continue getting ill and need medical help. And, with people now living longer lives, even more healthcare professionals are required to meet the needs of this particular demographic. If you choose to become part of this field, you can be confident that your services will always be in demand, and you never need to worry about being unemployed.
Numerous opportunities exist within healthcare, whether in private practice, small clinics or large hospitals. Whatever kind of establishment you work in, there are numerous opportunities involving direct patient care and many other opportunities that offer behind-the-scenes work in administration or data collection. If you’re looking for a way to combine your love for medicine and technology, you can find several openings in the different radiology specialties.
One of the great things about being a healthcare professional is that there’s plenty of room to grow and specialise, whichever route you choose to take. If you’re considering nursing, you can start off as an RN and then branch out into a specialty of your choice after doing a supplementary course. Your background and schooling will help you switch gears more easily, and move around until you find a position with which you’re satisfied. If you need more advanced education to pursue your dream role, you may be able to pursue further study while working.
Very few other industries give you the diversity that healthcare does. There are extremely fast-paced and highly stressful work environments such as the ER, Trauma centre and ICU at one end, and less stressful environments such as physiotherapy or dermatology at the other. Some specialties will require you to be on call, whereas others will involve regular working hours. You can choose a specialty depending on the working environment, or you can choose a specialty that involves working with a particular age group. The choices are endless, and you are sure to find something that matches exactly with what you are looking for.
As a healthcare professional, you will be helping people live better lives and also helping to save lives. You will earn the respect, love and gratitude of your patients and their families. While that is a reward in itself, there are also financial benefits; most healthcare positions offer generous pay.
Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.