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How to find work in Health Care?

by Elizabeth Harmon

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry where you can help people achieve their optimal health?

Healthcare is an extremely exciting and rewarding career path and provides a wide range of jobs, from allied health assistant, dietetic assistant, nutrition assistant, occupational therapy assistant, ward support, dental assistant and much more.

But before you jump straight into your career change, it’s important to consider whether you have the right skills and experience to break into the healthcare industry.

Here are 4 key things to consider:

1. Qualifications

Getting the right healthcare education is important, although the qualifications you need will depend on the specific job role you’re interested in.

You can study a wide range of health courses through Open Colleges, including:

  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy)
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology)
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Community Rehabilitation)
  • HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assistant in nursing work in acute care)
  • HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

These are flexible courses so they’re the perfect place to start. You can learn at your own pace and fit study around your current commitments, such as your existing job. Many of these courses also include a formalised pathway to tertiary study with Charles Sturt University, which is ideal if you decide to pursue higher education.

2. Experience

Once you have qualifications in your desired field of focus, you need to be able to stand out from the crowd of other applicants. A good way to do this is to show that you have experience in healthcare. You may want to consider volunteering during evenings and weekends or search for an internship in your area.

Alternatively, all our above courses have a work placement element. This is a great opportunity for you to put what you have learnt into practice, get a clear insight into what the role involves and get to meet other people in the industry.

3. Soft Skills

As well as having the right qualifications and experience, you should consider the soft skills you will need in order to be a good fit for this kind of work.

You’ll be responsible for talking to patients, passing on information to other healthcare professionals and more, so having good communication skills is crucial. You also need to be patient with people, empathetic of their situations, kind and caring.

4. Network

You’re now ready to find work in the healthcare industry. Search online or use a specialist recruitment agency to find the perfect position. To increase your chances of finding your dream job though, try networking with others in the area.

If you’ve done work experience for a company, you may already have some contacts that you can reach out to, to find out about any job opportunities. You could also speak to friends and family to see if they can put you in touch with anyone who may be able to help you get a foot in the door. There may even be networking events in your area that will help you connect with people in healthcare.

A career in healthcare can be extremely varied and rewarding. Whatever area you decide to focus on, we have a course that will help you develop the skills and experience you need to move to the next step.

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