People change careers for many reasons but often it is simply because they entered a profession or specialisation that no longer appeals to them. The underlying factors can be any number of issues including a lower than expected salary, poor work conditions, a shrinking job market or too much paperwork. Whatever the cause, if you want to enter healthcare or change your job as a healthcare professional, you should have a strategy that builds on your strengths and takes advantage of new opportunities. However, the healthcare jobs market is not universally equal. In some countries there are opportunities while in others, such as Greece, the economic climate has all but crippled new opportunities at home. This article briefly examines the healthcare jobs market in Greece, Spain and Portugal and looks at proven strategies for changing careers and finding work abroad.
Overall, healthcare is a rapidly growing industry and many professionals from other industries are looking towards healthcare as an option for finding a new career. Therefore, the competition is high. In an effort to find the best professionals, many European recruiters are filling vacancies by focusing their search for Candidates on countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal.
As in Spain and Portugal, the healthcare system in Greece is recognised world-wide for its top-end hospitals and well trained doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Yet, a fifth straight year of recession will shrink the Greek economy by around 27% by the end of 2012. Pharmacists are owed about €1bn (£800m) by health insurers and have been forced to stop dispensing medication. As the economy stagnates, Greece’s healthcare professionals will have more and more incentive to move abroad. And, as the rest of Europe is looking for more healthcare professionals, moving abroad is a real option as well as an opportunity to find work and to support family members back home in Greece.
Below are some key pointers that will help Candidates make the transition into a new healthcare career. There are many healthcare jobs, some require additional training but others don’t. Use the following 5 steps as a general guide to help you plan:
1. Research Careers Carefully
Making a career change successfully can be difficult. Research various healthcare careers carefully and speak with recruiters. Be sure you find out:
- Education, degree, skills and training requirement
- Average salary
- Demand and growth projections
2. Assess Your Current Skills and Experience
Review your skills and experiences and decide how you can best apply them to the healthcare field you’re interested in. Then decide if you want to get more training or not. Basically, you’re deciding how big of a career change you’re after. Speaking with recruiters and going to medical job fairs will help you decide.
3. Target Your CV to the Healthcare Industry
If you want to move abroad, find out the necessary requirements or speak with someone who already has worked abroad. Again, going to job fairs will help you network. You can find more CV tips here.
4. Network with Healthcare Professionals
Networking is so important that it needs be one of your top priorities. Just from one conversation or one seminar, you can learn more about additional educational or training requirements you may need. If you have not attended any job fairs you can find our more information here.
Note that our final job fairs for 2012 will be in Greece, Spain and Portugal from the 10th to the 26th of November.
5. Prepare for the Interview
Networking and research will help, as mentioned above, but you need to stay up to date on industry trends. You can ask our Experts Panel specific career questions. Also, to help you with the interview itself, read through these helpful articles.