Is A Career In Healthcare The Right Choice For You? Part 2

August 22, 2014

Do You Consider Yourself A Lifelong Learner?

With huge advancements being made in the fields of medicine and technology, no health care professional can afford to stop learning once they are out of medical or nursing school. Techniques and treatments get outdated quickly and you have to stay up to date so that patients get the best possible care. How do you feel about lifelong continuing education? Would you be willing to get back into the classroom at regular intervals throughout your working career?

Overview of the operating room in Tanzania. Is Job Security Important To You?

There is a growing demand for health care professionals throughout the UK, which means that you will be employable in just about any city in the UK. In terms of job security, the aging population and shortage of medical professionals guarantee that you will be employed for a long time to come. No matter how bad the economy, there is no downsizing in the healthcare industry. Health professionals are always going to be needed. If job security is an important element in your search for an appropriate career path, you are on the right track. 

Are You A Team Player?

Almost all medical specialties require you to work as a team to provide patients with comprehensive care. You will very rarely care for a patient all by yourself. From getting blood tests and X-Rays to administering medications or monitoring patients, no one individual can do it all. To make it in this field, you have to be able to work as a team member, whether you are the one giving instructions or following them.

Few Things You Can Do To Support Your Decision

If you’ve ticked all of the above boxes and feel that this could be the right career choice for you, there are a few more things you can do to remove all lingering doubts that may still exist in your mind.

  • Spend some time shadowing a physician. It will give you a sneak peek into what your working life will be that.
  • Register for a medical placement with Gap Medics. Whether you choose to go to the Czech Republic, Chiang Mai or Tanzania, there’s no better way to get some hands-on experience in working in healthcare. You will get the opportunity to see if you are a team player or not and whether you prefer to specialise in midwifery, surgery, paediatrics, emergency care or some other stream. If you are considering paediatrics, volunteer at the Huruma orphanage and get a real feel of what it would be like working with children.
  • Volunteer in a care centre or an aged home in your neighbourhood.
  • Consult with your career guidance counsellor. They can give you insights that you may not have thought about.

Choosing a career in healthcare is a monumental decision and one that warrants careful consideration. Taking the time to explore all options before entering the profession will ensure that you have made the right decision.