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How To Get Into a Career in HealthCare – Expert Tips

February 23, 2024

There are many benefits to working in healthcare, yet it can feel that you can’t get a job unless you’re a qualified doctor, nurse, or similar specialist. However, that is not the case.

Young black lady in a bright yellow jumper smiling as she answers the phone, starting off her healthcare career as a volunteer

There are many ways to get into healthcare, even without the typical experience. So, if you’re looking for a career change and want to do something that helps people, consider these tips to take on a new role in the medical industry. 

Look for Assistant Work

Many doctors and medical professionals need assistance, but you don’t need to know everything about medicine to be an appealing candidate for a role at your local practice or hospital.

As long as you have a great phone voice and can operate a computer–especially one with unique systems–you can find success as a medical assistant.

The same goes for dental assistants and similar roles where you can learn on the job if you want to rise through the ranks. 

Volunteer Locally

It can be tricky to get your foot in the door without any experience, so local volunteering at medical practices or non-profits could be perfect for you.

These charities are always looking for new people to help out, whether by organizing events or helping clients.

The experience you gain can be valuable as you put it on your resume, which should appeal to potential employers, especially as it shows you’re doing it because you want to rather than because you got paid. 

Get Training and Certifications

You can also bolster your resume and skill set by gaining training and certifications.

One way to do this is to start a college course, but that isn’t always a possible solution, especially if you work full-time and have other commitments.

Instead, gaining First Aid Training can help you earn a fantastic baseline of information.

It’s surprising how few people know CPR and other emergency treatments, so you will immediately stand out to possible employers because you’ve taken the time to learn how to save a life. 

Explore Career Options

If you’d rather get paid for the work you do, you should explore the many career options available to see what appeals most to you.

Anyone searching for a role in the emergency services can look through job opportunities available at to see what they could do, even if they aren’t on the front line immediately.

Like volunteering and assistant work, this could help you get your foot in the door as you train to become an emergency responder. 

Consider Transferable Skills

Just because you don’t have immediately recognizable skills for healthcare doesn’t mean you will never enjoy a career in the industry.

Many careers are still possible as long as you have the transferable skills that will make your healthcare career a success.

Skills like compassion, management, and other essentials could make you a valuable team member, so don’t think you’re locked out because you don’t have any ‘real’ experience. 

Career Change

Career changes can be scary but also rewarding.

You might be stuck in a rut or feel there’s no chance of progressing further than where you are.

A healthcare career could be perfect for you even if you don’t have experience, so consider these tips to help you explore new opportunities. 

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team


All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising  Medical Practitioners on a wide range of healthcare conditions to provide evidence-based guidance and to help promote quality healthcare. 

The advice in our material is not meant to replace the management of your specific condition by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
To discuss your condition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a health practitioner or reach us directly.

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