CAREER PATHS / OCT. 26, 2016
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Things You Should Consider Before Pursuing a Healthcare Career

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Are you planning on heading back into the professional world? Has working in healthcare always seemed appealing? Whether you dream of a career in radiology or would like to work towards receiving your degree in psychology, there’s a lot to consider before deciding to jump into the healthcare industry. Take the following into consideration before pursuing a medical profession:

Obtaining the Education and Training

Whether you hope to pursue a career in anesthesiology or want to learn how to become a respiratory therapist, it’s important to understand the time and financial obligations you’ll face during your studying and training. Depending on your chosen career path in the health industry, you could be looking at years of education and hundreds of thousands of dollars in school expenditures.

Financial Implications

For most professions in the healthcare industry, you’ll spend a great deal on education. It’s important to examine the financial factors before you begin your educational journey. How will you pay for your tuition? Will you need to apply for student loans? How will you handle your living costs? Will you be able to handle working while studying? It’s important to assess these questions and more before making the decision to pursue a healthcare career.

You’ll also need to look into financial aid options, especially if you have dreams of pursuing a career path that requires an expensive degree.

Time Costs

You’ll also need to consider the time investment a health care career requires, both in terms of education and workload. You must accept the reality of this type of career; you may find yourself working irregular shift patterns, working during the night or for long periods of time.

Also consider that the healthcare industry is constantly changing, requiring continued education. You’ll need to be able to retain massive amounts of information, keep up with changes in technology, and invest time and money into continuing to personally develop in your career.  

Personal Skills

There’s more to success than school. People in healthcare professions should possess a variety of personal skills inherent to providing wonderful care to patients of all types and ages. Great communication skills and the ability to work well with others are vital in healthcare. You’ll be interacting with both patients and colleagues, and you’ll need to find ways to alter your approaches to a variety of situations, calling for a great deal of flexibility. You’ll need to be detail-oriented.

Specific Interests

Do you have a passion for a particular sector of the healthcare industry? Perhaps you love working with children; paediatrics might be the right fit. Maybe you’re interested in skin care, and hope to pursue a career in dermatology. It’s important to figure out your passion and pursue that in any capacity available to you; as this industry requires a great deal of time and effort, it’s vital to have a love for what you’re doing to ensure it’s as personally rewarding as your hard work deserves. Regardless of position level, it’s important to be passionate about your chosen field.

It’s also important to consider the type of work environment you’re looking for. Are you comfortable working in a hospital? Would you be affected too much by a career in a hospice environment? Perhaps your people skills aren’t your strong suit; a job in a lab or small doctor’s office could be a better fit for your personality.

The Personal Impact

You’ll need to take into consideration the impact this career choice could have on your personal relationships with both family and friends. The long hours may take you away from your loved ones for long periods of time. This type of job may also place a strain on your family; if you’re required to move to follow your career, your family will be uprooted. Can you handle these facets of the job? If you’re married, can your spouse? It’s important to have open conversations about these aspects of the industry before making any big moves towards this career.

Individuals interested in a healthcare career need to reflect on the ramifications and requirements of this industry. Take the abovementioned tips into consideration before beginning the path to a healthcare career.

If you’re interested in a healthcare career, have you considered all of the points mentioned above?

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