So you’ve decided to get a medical services job as an allied health professional. There are an abundance of jobs to choose from, even ones that you might not be familiar with—think phlebotomist.
The amount of choices might be overwhelming. How should you know which is the right fit for you?
Check out the different job scopes of allied health professionals. A good place to start is the Ministry of Health’s website, where you can find out more about jobs that it recognises. Go more in-depth on research by browsing through job portals to discover other positions exclusive to certain hospitals. On top of that, take a look at the Ministry of Manpower’s predictions on skills in demand for the coming years.
An introvert might be better suited to be a clinical coder than a medical social worker. Before you can choose the right occupation, you need to know yourself. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What kind of environment do you see yourself working in?
- What kind of hours do you expect to work?
- Are you patient and considerate of the conditions of others?
- Will you be happy working with people?
- Can you see yourself in the same profession five or ten years down the road?
Talk to people in the industry
The best way of knowing what the job consists of is by going out in the field. Ask the professionals in the industry about their experiences and advice on starting a career in a particular occupation. Shadowing them (if possible) is a great way of discovering if you like the job or not. If meeting people in the industry is out of the question, you can call the various societies or associations for more information.
Picking the right education program
Once you have decided the allied health profession for you, it’s time to find the right education pathway to get there. In Singapore, polytechnics and universities offer specified courses for the various occupations. However, not every job has a local degree course. Do your research on overseas programs carefully; choose one that is accredited and recognised.
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