Searching for a new career in the health industry

No matter what industry you are in, there comes a point in everyone’s life when they simply need a change. Whether that be a change of pace, a change of location, or a totally new profession it’s achievable no matter how old you are.

If you currently work in the healthcare industry, you are already in a lucky position as this is one of the most dramatically growing sectors on the planet. And with a large proportion of baby boomers fast approaching the age of 65 or older by the year 2030, the healthcare sector doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.

As the population ages, the demand for better healthcare and services, drugs and new technologies increase along with it. So too, will the demand for doctors, nurses, dentists, ophthalmologists, lab researchers and technicians.

If you are currently in one of these positions and want a change, there are a number of things that are important to think about, which will help ease your transition.

What specific job do you want?

It may sound obvious, but with the vast amount of different positions out there, the simple question of what do you want to do and in what capacity you want to do it, is often the hardest question to answer. A number of ways to feel out this question is to take some work placements or volunteering positions to make sure that the job you are considering is actually the one for you. For instance, if you are thinking about getting into ophthalmology, consider going down to your local eye care specialist and sitting in on a consultation.

Do you need any extra training?

If you have now figured out what area you want to move into, now you need to determine if you require any additional training. For the job you are after, it may be necessary for you to go back to university and gain a bachelor’s degree or some other form of certificate. This may require a few more years of study, but if this is a job you are truly passionate about, then what’s a few more years when you are considering a career than will span 30+ years.

Rewriting your CV / Resume

Your CV is one of the most important things to get right and therefore deserves your full attention. This is the first thing that most employers look at and they will judge you according to what they read. There are a number of CV writing courses out there that would be worth the investment.

Job hunting

Once you’ve got the above mentioned items in check, the last thing to do is to actually look at and apply for positions in your newly chosen field. For example, if you wanted to get into ophthalmology and were looking at careers at Stanton Optical you could go onto an online job website like ‘Monster’ to both upload your CV and search for potential jobs in your new field.