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Four Tips to Share at Career Day When Speaking to College Students about a Career in the Medical Industry

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As you participate in college Career Days and talk with students who are considering medical professions, be sure to steer them in the right direction. The healthcare field is full of exciting opportunities, with more and more options opening up for skilled practitioners.

Encourage students to weigh those options, consider the pros and cons, and make the right decision when it comes to their medical career paths. Here are four tips for you to pass along:

Make Sure the Medical Field is Right for You

This has to be Step One. Although healthcare work can be highly rewarding, it also can be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting – and the path to a career comes with challenges that are not for the faint of heart, such as completing medical, nursing or other educational programs; passing board and licensure exams, and mind-numbing hours.

Advise students to shadow someone in the line of work they are considering. They can contact a local healthcare association or talk to an advisor, professor or career counselor about their options.

Have a Solid Science and Math Background

While each medical specialty and program will have different requirements, students with a strong science and math background are best prepared to succeed. The more advanced curriculum a person has completed – beginning with the basics of algebra, biology, anatomy and physiology – the better.

It’s Not About the Money

Usually, a person’s earning potential increases with their level of education and experience. But money should not be the leading reason for choosing a medical career. With relatively few exceptions, salaries are not as high as in other industries. The driving incentive to enter a healthcare field should be a sincere desire to help and care for others.

You Have to be Flexible

Patients need care and attention 24/7, 365 days a year. This means healthcare workers must be flexible and, especially when starting out, willing to work night, weekend and holiday schedules. And, they must be adaptable to rapid changes that are constantly occurring within the industry. For instance, a professional is likely to work in multiple settings during their career, such as hospitals, clinics, rehab centers and community agencies.

A healthcare career can reap limitless rewards. Share your own positive experiences and expertise as you help recruit the best talent into your chosen field. Maybe you can be that mentor or coach who sets the next skilled professional on the path to success.

For additional tips and career guidance – for yourself and others – turn to the experts at MedicalPros Recruiting + Staffing. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.

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