You’ve finally made it. You’re doing what you’ve always wanted to do: work in the medical field and help people towards their goals of greater fitness, improved health, fewer illnesses and overhauled nutritional habits. But something is missing; maybe the routine has become more of a habit, or the job that started as a challenge is now merely a challenging commute than something you look forward to doing every day.
The new year signals a time for a fresh look at your life and the job you dedicated your time and education to doing right. Here is an idea for changing the way you work and the benefits gained when you steer your career towards a different destination:
Change your place and pace of work
Instead of working in the same doctor’s office, clinic or hospital 40 hours a week, consider medical contracting. Contractors accept assignments on an as-needed basis, working in doctors’ offices, medical labs, outpatient clinics, hospitals, physical therapy and rehabilitation centers, MRI centers, walk-in clinics and other medical specialties. Contractors can remain in or near their hometown or travel to a variety of cities for long-term or short-term assignments. Some contractors choose to remain contract employees, while others use the employment as a starting point to eventually find a full-time job.
The benefits of being a medical contractor
Your time, your decision to work
As a contractor, all your time starts as your own. You schedule your own assignments based on the time you have available, instead of working your free time around your nine-to-five job.
Use your experience for very specific assignments
You have special talents, training, and experience that you just aren’t using in your current job? As a medical contractor, you tailor your assignments to your strengths and abilities, instead of being passed over for promotions, better pay and recognition because of what you don’t offer.
You’re a fresh face in a situation
Medical diagnoses and treatments sometimes baffle and elude practitioners familiar with a patient. As the “new set of eyes,” you have the ability to perceive issues and complexities those very close to the situation may have missed while looking for the obvious.
Travel or stay home: it’s your choice
Medical contractors have the opportunity to work in and around their home base or travel to other cities for assignments. Some contractors take the opportunity to create a “roadie lifestyle” to go along with their contracting: they buy or rent a small camper, motor home or recreational vehicle and drive to a variety of assignments, taking time to enjoy the trip, the people, and the scenery as much as the next destination.
It’s about the money
You have the ability to accept assignments based on the pay and decide how to spend and save your earnings. As a contractor, you are usually responsible for paying taxes and it’s recommended that you track work-related expenses for tax purposes, but when saving for retirement and investing becomes your responsibility, the feeling is empowering. The very idea engages the adult in you to say, “This is my future in my hands; I get to choose exactly where my money goes and how it will work for me.”
It’s a job that works around real life
Real life does not have a pause mode. When your kids get sick, your mother-in-law moves in or your partner receives a job transfer, your life keeps moving forward. Working as a medical contractor enables you to slow down and take the time necessary to deal with life’s left turns and roadblocks, while still assured that your service is needed and your skills are valued.
Just In Time Staffing is currently listing a wide variety of professional medical positions; from medical records clerk, CNAs, LPNs and pharmacists to mammographers, lab techs and surgical and cardiovascular technicians. We have the employment opportunities and the staff to match you with your next great career choice. Contact us for more information, an application or to speak to one of our recruiters.