How to find your first Medical Job
Are you a newly qualified medical professional looking for your first medical job? It can be hard to know where to start, so let us point you in the right direction.
Starting a career in healthcare can seem overwhelming, especially when there are more than 350 different healthcare careers on offer with the NHS alone. The medical sector continues to grow and healthcare is one of the areas which will see the fastest growth in recruitment over the next two years. This is good news for those who are looking for their first medical job. Before you get started applying for medical jobs though, here are a few points to consider:
Do you have all of the necessary qualifications?
It is essential to have the correct qualifications if you want to get a job in healthcare. For careers including medicine, nursing and allied healthcare, you are required to have completed a degree and also be a registered healthcare professional.
If you do not have a medical based degree, you may be eligible for a graduate entry 'accelerated' course. Medical courses can be found on the NHS Course Finder. It is also possible to join the NHS in a junior role and work towards your qualifications while in-service.
Where do you want to work?
Have you thought about which country you would like to work in, and whether you want to work in the public or private healthcare sector? There are a lot of options for qualified medical professionals from different fields, be they doctors, nurses, pharmacists and so on.
Your first thought might be to look for medical jobs in the UK. The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe and currently has over 1.3 million staff. Working for the NHS is a good option for a first medical job, and provides jobs across the whole of the UK. If you would prefer to work in the private sector, there are also private healthcare providers who offer graduate schemes. Smaller organisations sometimes have vacancies and it can be worth enquiring with them directly.
Another option could be working abroad. There are many jobs for doctors and nurses available in countries such as Dubai and Australia. There may also be medical jobs for doctors and other medical professions in countries who need medical aid or even medical volunteers.
Where to search for medical jobs
Once you have gained the necessary qualifications and have decided which location would suit you best, it’s time to search for medical jobs. For careers in the NHS, you can search on the NHS jobs site. If you are looking for a role in the private healthcare sector or for medical jobs abroad, then medical job boards will be a good place to search.
Niche job boards that focus on the healthcare sector will be more beneficial than larger job boards which aren’t industry specific. A niche job board will only list relevant jobs and using one can cut search time. Using an advanced search function, such as the one on Jobs4Medical, you can filter jobs by role, position, location and contract type.
Applying for medical jobs
When it comes to making your application, a medical job board can help you through the process. This involves answering a series of short questions and providing your CV. Well designed job boards will have a document upload function for your CV or will allow you to import information from your LinkedIn profile.
It’s important that your CV is up to date and includes all relevant information, including your contact details, qualifications, work experience, and your career ambitions. You should also include information about any professional networks you are associated with.
As a newly qualified healthcare professional you will have spent time on placements gaining similar practical work experience. Emphasising what you learned from these work placements on your CV will help you to get your foot in the door.
Know the field
Our last piece of advice for anyone who is intending to pursue a career in the medical sector, is to keep up to date with the field. Subscribe to relevant industry publications and read up on the latest news in the sector. Those who are really passionate about what’s happening in the field could consider contributing articles and opinion pieces to websites and magazines. Authoring articles is a great way to get yourself noticed in the field and show employers that you are engaged and dedicated to working in a medical career.
Are you searching for your first medical job? We work with leading employers to bring you the best medical jobs in the UK and abroad. Our easy to use job search function could help you to find the perfect medical job today.