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          Helping you find a career in healthcare sector

          Healthcare covers a huge range of services with a high level of responsibility. From doctors, to midwives, to veterinary science, to pharmacists, to dentists, all healthcare workers are highly specialised in their field.

          The routes into these industries can require incredibly long training periods and for roles such as doctors, surgeons or dentists you'll have a long path of learning and examinations to become fully qualified. Even then, you'll have to continue with ongoing training. Equally, though, the pay is high and the work that you do is vital to the wellbeing of others.

          The NHS is the biggest employer for healthcare professionals with a workforce of over 1.5 million people and it also has a lot of placement opportunities. In addition there is always the option to work the private sector of healthcare. The private sector tends to have better working benefits, however there are fewer opportunities at entry-level.

          There are numerous different routes you can take to get into a career in healthcare. Although doctors and nurses do typically require years of training, there are many other roles available for different levels of education. For example, there are NHS apprenticeships for ambulance practitioners, clinical healthcare support workers or work in pharmacy services.

          Also, with an ageing population there is also a growing demand for care services and most of the roles will offer a high level of job security and stability.

          If you prefer animals to people, you could still work within the healthcare industry through working in a veterinary practice, with animal charities or even a zoo. There tends to be more apprenticeships available for these roles, although to be a fully qualified vet will require a degree and then further training.

          All of these roles have a direct impact on the community and the work makes a real difference in people's lives - whether you're delivering a baby, fixing someone's teeth or making their pet feel better. It's an incredibly rewarding career choice.

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          Skills & interests required for a career in Healthcare sector

          Of course, to work within the healthcare industry you'll need to have a caring nature and be willing to dedicate your working life to making other people's lives better, no matter what role you are in.

          Some of these roles require a lot of technical and scientific knowledge, which means you will need to be committed to the rigorous learning paths that these roles require. Most will require a degree.

          Many of these roles will involve interacting with patients, so you'll need to be an effective communicator and be able to remain calm in environments that could potentially be extremely hectic and pressured.

          As a medical professional you'll need to enjoy the notion of lifelong learning, as you will constantly need to be updating your knowledge as advances in the field are made.

          What Healthcare sector work experience do you need?

          For some careers, the work experience that you need to have is very clear. To be a doctor, you must first have a medicine degree and then undergo 5-6 years of training to specialise and become fully qualified.

          Dentists must complete a two-year training course after their degree and then must continue training throughout the course of their career.

          Any work experience that demonstrates you are compassionate and enjoy helping others will strengthen your application for a work placement within healthcare. Many degrees have a work placement sandwiched in as a part of the course, however you may need to ask your Careers Adviser for advice to find an appropriate placement.

          If you want to work with animals there are a number of places you could secure some work experience. Try your local kennels, stables, or even becoming a dog walker or groomer will help you gain valuable experience of handling animals in a professional setting.

          Read more on Healthcare sector

          British Medical Journal (BMJ)

          Nursing Times

          The Lancet

          vet times

          Healthcare sector Industry Bodies

          Health Careers (NHS)

          General Medical Council (GMC)

          Royal College of Physicians

          Royal College of Surgeons

          Royal College of Psychiatrists

          British Dental Industry Association

          General Dental Council

          British Dental Association

          Nursing & Midwifery Council

          Royal College of Nursing

          British Nursing Association

          National Care Association

          British Veterinary Nursing Association

          British Veterinary Association

          Association of Veterinary Students UK & Ireland (AVS)

          Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)