If you have always been passionate about helping others or are just fascinated by science or biology, a role within the healthcare industry is probably of great interest. From doctors to hospital porters, there is a wide range of positions to suit all capabilities and levels of education. Many roles can be extremely demanding so, if you are looking to embark on a journey in this industry, there are many things to contemplate first. Here are 3 things to consider before opting for a career in healthcare.

Unsociable hours

Working long or unsociable hours is something you must be prepared for when venturing into the world of healthcare. This, of course, isn’t always the case but is far more likely than that of the typical 9-5.

Hours can be remarkably long and shift patterns erratic, so whilst a role in nursing or as a carer will be rewarding, it can also be very tiring and will undoubtedly impact your life outwith work. If, for example, you intend to have family in the future, you need to be prepared for what could be a logistical nightmare when juggling work as well as childcare. That is not to say it isn’t manageable. It’s just very different to working set hours each week.

Education and qualifications

Education and qualifications play a huge part in determining the positions you may be suitable for. If you long to be a doctor, for example, a very long road awaits you. It can take over a decade to become a fully qualified doctor, and so you must be mentally and physically prepared.

Certain universities are regarded as the best in terms of medicine, so it’s a good idea to research those and find out what criteria you might need to be accepted. It’s also a good idea to check out the university rankings for 2020 to find out which educational facilities come out on top.

Other careers such as those of a midwife, physiotherapist or nurse, may still fulfil your ambitions but will involve fewer years of study. Changing your mind half-way through a degree isn’t ideal, so spend some time deciding which career you want to pursue and how long it is likely to take to achieve.

Other healthcare opportunities

Don’t forget that many healthcare positions don’t involve caring for patients. In the background, there are thousands of other roles without which hospitals, surgeries, and clinics couldn’t function. From administrative roles to clinical research positions, the opportunities are endless. Consider what interests you and where you feel your skill sets lie and narrow it down from there.

Just like any other industry, healthcare won’t be the right choice for everyone. If, however, it is the career that you decide to pursue, you will find it to be exceptionally rewarding and something that you become extremely passionate about. We spend decades working during our lifetime, what better way to spend it than making a difference to the lives of others.

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