How to Be a Medical Graduate – Starting Your Career After UniBy Editor
It is perfectly normal for medical graduates to be anxious about their future, so don’t let it get you down! After graduating, you’ll be on your own and starting to be part of the “real world” can feel pretty scary...
Cheer up, It’s not that bad! There is a world of opportunities waiting for you and your medical degree! After all, you won’t have any boring lectures to attend anymore.
Take a breath, relax and have a look at these helpful hints to get yourself hired:
Pat yourself on the back!
Not being able to walk out of university and into a job is frustrating, but don’t let it get to you. Your years of hard work and studying have paid off and you’re now qualified in the world of medicine – an achievement not many have mastered! Everyone will come out of their course with differences, be it more work experience of different grades; all that matters is what you do with it. Your state of mind can affect you more than you might think – so be positive!
Create a strong CV!
There is a selection of key things that every soon-to-be medical professionals should consider when writing their CV. An employer can make a decision about whether you are the right candidate in under a minute so you’ve got to make it count. Include your grades from secondary school onwards and break your uni years into modules to really highlight your skills. If you’ve had any relevant internships or hobbies be sure to include them – something as simple as being involved in a sports team at uni can be helpful to show your team working skills.
A cover letter is your chance to shine. Include everything that you can to prove that you are the right candidate for the position. As well as this, write about areas of your course you really enjoyed or excelled in, or an area you’d be interested in developing.
Be wary when you are writing that you aren’t being too modest or coming across as arrogant.
Remember that appearance is crucial! YourWorldHealthcare.com has created a great template to guide you to the perfect medical CV, as well as a list of tips to make your CV and cover letter stand out!
Know where to look!
Think about where you want to work. Are you interested in the NHS or would you be more suited to the private sector? Once you’ve made that decision the rest is just research. Cover everything from hospitals to medical facilities, different positions to different working hours, and see which suits you.
As with any other job, when you apply for a position, really read up on the place you’ll be working in and the people you’ll be working with. Make sure you know the facilities speciality (if they have one) and whether they’ve won any awards. Slipping specific information into a cover letter not only shows that you’re keen, but that you know what you’re talking about!
Ask for help!
Being new to the job market can make your search for the perfect position look endless. Instead of scouring the job listings hoping something relevant will crop up, ask for help to find the positions you’re after. Speak to your old lecturers, friends, other medical professionals to see if they know about any upcoming positions.
For additional advice, schedule a meeting with an agency specialising in your area of interest. They have information regarding the best ways to get noticed and may have opportunities for you to try on a temporary basis.
Don’t worry if you can’t find your dream job right away – getting work experience in your desired field will pay off more than finding a well-paid job you don’t like. Try locum work or internships to make up your mind and get a feel for different positions in your industry, your dream job could be an area you haven’t thought about yet.