CHOOSING A CAREER / NOV. 19, 2014
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Six Questions you Must Ask Yourself Before Choosing Your Healthcare Career

Are you fond of watching health related TV shows like The DoctorsScrubs, or Grey’s Anatomy? Were Chemistry and Biology your favorite subjects while at school? Well, if you are keen on making a career in the Healthcare field, you need to consider the following:

  1.              Why choose a career in Healthcare?

Have you chosen this profession as you believe the benefits will be substancial? Are you a service-minded person, or is making money your sole concern? These reasons, along with others, should motivate you into seeking a career in healthcare. However, if the sole purpose of your pursuit is to run into your dream doctor, maybe you should give the idea another thought.

The brighter side to it is that a medical career can turn out to be extremely lucrative, though the stress may get to you ultimately. You need to realize that your commitment levels need to be very high, and you need to have enough endurance to put up with the hard work that is associated with the field. Moreover, if you are choosing healthcare due to peer pressure or family compulsions, you need to think it over before making the final decision.

  1.       Gaining the necessary qualifications for a career in Healthcare 

 

There are various medical related jobs you can opt for, and each one has a prescribed diploma or degree as the minimum requirement. You need to realize that it involves putting in a lot of hard work and spending a lot of money in order to become a doctor or skilled nurse.

In order to practice as a physician, the minimum requirement is to have 15 years of schooling and training. You could also choose from other healthcare career options such as a Physician’s Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner, both of which require fewer years of training. If you still insist on making it in the healthcare field by spending heavily on securing the right qualifications needed, plan properly and save a hefty sum on your education bill, or seek financial aid.            

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  1.               Do your skills match the requirements?

There are different skill sets prescribed for specific healthcare careers, including particular personality traits. Indeed, a few attributes are common for most healthcare careers, although most roles specify the need for excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including a smattering of mathematical or technical affinity along with an intense sense of work ethics.

Moreover, most healthcare related jobs call for demonstrating a sense of responsibility, and mature behavior. The well-being of the patients and their very lives are of paramount importance, and this would depend on how well you discharge your duties. If you are the type of person who is eager to learn, and believe in being service minded, you are perfectly cut out for the job. There is a need to remain updated with the latest advances in medical technology and treatment methods, and to cope with new diseases.

 

  1.               Which role would suit you best?

 

 The medical field is a vast ocean, and your calling may lie in any part of it. If you have already made up your mind that you will be either a doctor or nurse, go ahead and pursue your goal. However, if you are not too sure, look up what allied healthcare has to offer, and you will be amazed by the several options available.

If being a heart specialist (cardiologist) is close to your heart, you should put in all efforts in becoming a successful cardiologist. The other related options include becoming a cardiac nurse, a cardiovascular technician, or a cardiovascular perfusionist, where you will need to be adept at handling sophisticated extracorporeal equipment during a medical procedure. There are several jobs to choose from in each medical specialty, and you can choose the one that appeals most.

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                5.            Are you particular about where you work?

If you are the type that feels a bit queasy about working in a hospital atmosphere, your attempts at becoming a surgeon or a nurse will probably not work out. If the sight of incisions and blood depresses you, try working at a hospice where you will be involved in geriatric care. If you love children, you may want to become a nurse in a pediatrist’s clinic or any other place that is not morbid or gloomy. If you like to be on your own most of the time, try working as a lab assistant. Some may want to check out the openings available at a military or naval base as well.

                6.            How can a career in Healthcare affect family life?      

    

A career in healthcare does not come without setbacks. Especially, if you are the type of person who realizes the importance of spending quality time with your family, you must consider this. The call of duty is not restricted to regular hours for a doctor or a nurse, and you may be required to work at odd hours, including what is known as the ‘graveyard shift’.

You may have to forego your weekends whenever there is an emergency, and the particular job you are looking for may not be available right in your neighborhood. You may have to relocate to a new town or city, which could disrupt your family life in many ways. You will need to ponder over all these issues before making your final decision.

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Although the medical profession is supposed to be a noble one, and offers a special status to anyone who opts for a career, it has its own setbacks. It is probably the best option for service-minded people, or those with an obsession to explore the medical field. The redeeming feature is that the pay packet is decent, though the hours are not.

 

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