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Preparing for a Career in Medicine

May 25, 2015

Jobs in healthcare are about as rewarding as can be. Each day, a healthcare professional gets to nurse better the sick, and hopefully, make a major impact in their patient's lives.

But healthcare jobs are no easy ride, despite this job satisfaction. Even with the best intentions, they can overwhelm even the most committed of individuals. This is probably why companies and organizations select carefully from the pool of applications applying for a job, just to ensure their future worker has all of the mental and physical tools to succeed.

To help you prepare for a career in healthcare, here are three ways to help yourself succeed.

Investigate Different Training Options

Within the scope of the medical industry lies numerous types of careers. For instance, you can choose to become a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, or even a paramedic. You may even want to specialize further, meaning more training is needed.

For the most part, there will be an already laid out path to follow depending on which type of medical professional you wish to become. It is your job to investigate and find this path, then do the necessary work in order to get on to it. You may need a college degree to pass through the medical recruitment stage. If so, finding a worthy college and arranging financing is your most important task.

Otherwise, you may be able to train elsewhere, such as night school or community college. This depends on your goals, and what programs are available in your area.

Consider Volunteering

Once you have the basic knowledge needed to enter into the field of medicine, you may wish to take on some volunteer work to give you a feel for your future career. When most companies or organizations hire a doctor, hire a physician or hire a nurse, they look for volunteer hours, so this will count in your favor.

It is likely that you will find volunteer positions in whatever area of medicine you wish to go into. As long as you're capable of doing the job required, your services will usually be welcomed, too. Volunteering will allow you to familiarize yourself with the pace, stress and even emotional trauma that comes when working with vulnerable patients. You'll be able to boost your confidence, while also making a difference in your community.


After extensive training and after volunteering in a medical establishment, you'll probably be ready to further your career. If you still don't want to jump into the deep end, that's ok. There are other ways for you to progress while also remaining in your comfort zone.

Many hospitals and organizations allow future medical staff to shadow doctors and physicians in order for them to get an even greater feel of what being a medical professional is like. This period of internship allows a person to really take their skills to a new level, and also receive on-the-job training from a consummate professional. They will be able to get feedback on their abilities, and will be able to practice difficult procedures while under the guidance of a teacher. Such an experience can be invaluable and is often recommended to all future medical professionals.


There is so much at stake when working in the medical field that it is normal for those looking to work in it to feel some degree of apprehension. Nobody wants to cause a patient pain or get something wrong, which is why they feel strongly about taking on the bulk of responsibilities only when they're ready.

This seems to be an attitude that is promoted by medical establishments, most of which believe slowly preparing a candidate for the world of medicine is the best way to get the most out of them.

You can ensure your preparations are up to scratch by following the advice above. You'll soon find that your confidence grows and you'll be excited to take on heavier duties.

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