Are you thinking of a career change and have decided health care is the industry for you? Or are you looking for ways to up skill yourself in order to progress in your career?
Taking the leap and changing career, is daunting. There are lot of different aspects to consider before you start the journey, however, if you think a career in the health sector is suitable for you, it will be a decision you won’t regret. Research will be your best friend in finding the best role for you.
Important factors to consider are:
• What are the job prospects like?
• What is the salary like?
• What qualifications do you have and which ones do you need?
• What do I need to do to get these qualifications?
One thing is clear, the healthcare sector is now the largest and fastest growing employment sectors in Australia and currently makes up for about 13.4 % of the workforce. According to the Labour Force Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the largest growth was experienced in the Health care sector by 3% (or over 57,700 new jobs created). The opportunities for employment in a variety of areas are fruitful and positive. Even so, you need to think about how you can get ahead of the competition.
Is healthcare right for you?
To be successful in the healthcare industry you need to be a special kind of person, no matter what type of role you have. No matter if you are a receptionist, greeting sick and distressed patients or working in HR, being in the health care sector means you have to show a high level of empathy and care. Much more so than in other industries. If you are the type of person that wants to make a real and sincere difference to someone’s day and have a positive impact on someone’s life, then healthcare is the industry for you.
What role is right for you?
The healthcare industry has a variety of options for you in terms of career choice. Healthcare careers often are associated with years of training for roles like:
• Medical Assistants
• Nurse practitioners
• Physical therapists
• Emergency medical technician (EMTs)
• Speech pathologists
• Radiology technicians
These hands-on roles require long degrees, however, if you don’t have any qualifications related to the healthcare industry and you’re not ready to take up your pen and enrol in a medical degree, there are still a bundle of options for you such as work in.
We have a number of different courses available that will help you acquire the necessary skills and qualifications you need. Our courses open up opportunities for you to work in general practice, specialists, hospitals, dental practices, private health care practices and allied health units. If you already are working within the industry but want to progress your career, we have courses for you too!
Talk to people in the industry
A good idea before you make your final decision is to talk to people that are already working in the role you are interested in. This will give you a realistic idea of what the day-to-day requirements of the position are. This will either reinforce or deter you for embarking on your new career path. Also, there are benefits to starting to build your professional network. By networking you will get free knowledge that will ultimately help you in your job search such as updates on the newest industry trends, learn which companies are hiring and of course, build connections in the industry!
Most students undertaking the Wesley range of courses are interested in upgrading or a change up of careers. Wesley draw from our 20 years experience in Medical HR, and offer a half day workshop in Medical Careers. Did you know 85% of jobs are never advertised? Wesley guide you to where the great jobs are, and how to get them!
Prepare for the interview
You now have your qualification; you’ve networked, sent out applications and now you have an interview lined up. This is your time to show the interviewer that you are perfect for the job. Preparation is key. Reading up on the position, asking your networking contacts or mentor about what questions you might be asked is a good way to start. There are several websites and publications that can help you stay up to date with industry news too. If you still feel unsure, our “Mastering the Interview” course can help you prepare and make you feel confident going in to your first interview.
Embarking on a new career can be scary, but when you take your first step you are on your way to a career that is both challenging and very rewarding.