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4 Steps To Transitioning Into The Healthcare Field

Healthcare is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world. I’d like to say that that’s completely a good thing, but, thanks to the pandemic, it has been boosted for obvious negative reasons. Additionally, more healthcare-related businesses have been popping up and technology has advanced further. If you’re tired of your current job and are interested in switching to a new career in healthcare, then you’re timing could not be better. The healthcare/medical field is wide open and in desperate need of enthusiastic women to join the ranks of dedicated workers.  There are so many jobs currently open and new ones are being created each day.

While competition can be a bit tough in terms of getting your foot into the door in this field, just know that it’s completely possible. So first things first, are you wanting to be on the front line of caring for the ill, start your own business such as focusing on a medical equipment management system, or are you interested in working for a healthcare company? What specific part of the healthcare field are you interested in? These questions are important as they’ll help you set goals and move efficiently toward them. Here are some helpful steps to transitioning into the healthcare field.

Carefully Research Careers and Jobs

While it’s easy to think about a career change, actually doing it is another story. Before you do anything, I recommend extensive research to determine what you really want and the appropriate steps to get there. Some things to check into are the average salary for various jobs in your area, the average work week, education requirements, skill requirements, training, licenses, the demand, and the future growth projections of the position you’re interested in. Remember, switching careers is a huge deal as you will likely be starting from the bottom. It could take a while to regain confidence and success. Think about whether this is something you’re willing to do?

Consider Your Current Skills, Education, and Experience  

It’s possible that some of your current skills and education could be useful in a healthcare career. You could even have a part of the required courses under your belt, depending on what you majored in during college. Education or career counselors are good at helping you figure out how to best apply your current skills and experience to new positions, especially if you’re headed back to school. Know that it’s likely you’ll have to engage in some type of certification or even go back to university for a whole new degree, depending on what you want to do. There are also some jobs that only require short-term training and passing a limited medical exam.

Begin Networking

It’s not always about what you know but who you know. Networking could be one of the best ways to get your foot into the door at a particular company or health practice. You can find healthcare professionals by hunting on LinkedIn, visiting healthcare-related trade shows, or local networking events. Be open to the possibilities as this could be a solid way to help you land a job now or in the future.

Cater Your Resume to the Healthcare Industry

Take a good look into your resume and figure out how it might appeal to a company or firm in the healthcare industry. Consider changing the language to highlight any skills and experience you have had that could cross over. You could even hire a professional resume writer, as they can assist in making it stand out form the crowd. Do also consult with anyone you might know who is currently working in the healthcare field. Inside tips and tricks to getting noticed could be helpful.

 

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