A Career In Medicine - How To Become A Doctor. A Guide To Medical Specialities For Those Looking To Work In Medical Care
|What Are The Different Alternative Medical Degree Jobs?|
So, now you have identified your skills and traits - perhaps you can think of more than the suggestions in the list above - let’s have a look at some ideas for medical jobs and non medical jobs for doctors.
Because a medical degree is vocational, you might even have an advantage over some other graduates when applying for roles - remember, you have concrete examples of where you have had to use your skills and knowledge in the workplace. Not all of your study has been in the classroom.
Hospital Administration Careers
For those still looking to do medical jobs, further alternative careers for doctors could be hospital administration roles. There is a whole range of roles within hospital administration and doctors could find that they fit easily into lead roles.
As a doctor, you know about patient care and what needs to be done to make sure patients continue to get the best care. You also need to be organised and have certain leadership qualities. All of these skills can stand you in good stead for working in hospital administration.
Career Change Advisor/Coach
If you are considering jobs for doctors outside of medicine because you want to leave the medical profession altogether, then working as a career change advisor or coach could be an option for you. You are in a good position to do this as you have made the change yourself.
As a doctor, you need good empathy skills and you can make use of these skills as a career change advisor. As someone who has taken the plunge, you will know how uncertain people might be feeling about a career change so you can guide them.
IT and Software Development Careers
As a medical student or as a doctor in the workplace, if one of your strengths or passions is for IT, then alternative careers for doctors could be in this area. Whether you are looking for medical jobs or careers outside of medicine, there could be lots of scope in this field.
Doctors could use their IT knowledge and their medical knowledge combined to develop more streamlined systems for hospitals or other medical practices. Or you could design apps that focus on people’s health or medication.
Of course, non medical jobs and careers abound in IT. Depending on the roles you apply for, you could do some short courses to boost your skills in certain areas.
We now live in a world of litigation where people want compensation for illnesses, diseases or injuries that they say have happened to them as a result of someone else being at fault. If you have a medical degree and have experience behind you - and you also have an interest in law - you would have to do a law degree and decide which law route to take but your medical knowledge will be sought after.
Medical Recruitment Consultant
Working in recruitment can be a high pressured role as you strive to meet or exceed targets. However, you have experience as life as a medical student and doctor and you are more than familiar with working in high pressured situations.
If you are still looking for medical jobs where you can make use of your medical knowledge, medical recruitment can be a good option. Companies need to know they are getting the best fit for their vacancies and you will have a good idea about matching people’s medical skills to relevant roles.
Freelance writers write articles for a variety of publications. As a medical student, your research skills and ability to work fast within time constraints could be applied to freelance writing work. Medical jobs could be in the form of medical journalism. This could be a tricky field to get into as articles are often written by doctors still in the profession. It is not impossible, however.
If you are looking to leave medicine altogether, then non medical jobs for doctors could be doing freelance writing in other areas. This could be articles about health, nutrition or sport and exercise where you could still draw on some of your medical knowledge.
Jobs for doctors outside of medicine could be in the teaching profession. A lot of medical students and doctors who switch careers find the transition to teaching quite natural. Doctors need to be able to explain new and difficult to comprehend information to patients and families in a clear and patient manner whilst also showing empathy. These are the skills teachers need, also.
Further education roles could be possible or you could also retrain to work at primary and secondary level. Depending on your level of medical training, you may be able to do some seminars at higher education level with undergraduates studying modules in crossover subjects.
Jobs for doctors outside of medicine could be working in charity as a charity director or in another senior position. You went to medical school because you wanted to become a doctor and help people. Charity is all about helping people.
Some charities that support people with particular illnesses or disabilities spend a lot of time lobbying parliament about the availability of particular drugs or treatments. As a former doctor, you may be able to provide valuable insight into this and guide a charity towards effective lobbying or medical research.
International Aid/Development worker/Charity Work Abroad
It might be that you are not really looking for careers outside of medicine. Perhaps you just feel like specialist medical jobs in hospitals or surgeries is not for you. Perhaps you really want to use your skills elsewhere.
Alternative careers for doctors could be doing charity work abroad. This might be one a volunteer basis or as a paid member of staff. You could be working for charities that react to emergency situations, creating refugee camps, for example. Or you could be based in one area working with local people to educate them about particular diseases and illnesses and how to keep them at bay.
Civil Service Careers
Alternative careers for doctors could be civil service careers. As a doctor or medical student, you were concentrating on improving the lives of others and that is also what the civil service is all about. With your medical knowledge, you could take on roles in the Department of Health or the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulations Agency).
If you are still struggling for ideas or you would like to speak with someone about what to do after your medical degree, always remember you can go and speak with your university careers advisors, too.
|Explore All Possibilities|
These are just some of the alternative careers for doctors or for those of you who might be in the process of doing a medical degree. There are many more opportunities out there for people with your skills and knowledge.
For example, there are doctors out there who have forged successful careers in business consultancy, areas of retail and manufacturing or sales. And you know how to talk to people; how to make them feel comfortable and build up relationships with them. Jobs for doctors outside of medicine could be roles within the hospitality industry.
The key is to give yourself time to think about what it is you really want to do.
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