Tips For Getting Ahead in Your Medical Career

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Published: 30 Sep 2016      

Here at Sonographers Medical we aim to do everything we can for medical professionals, particularly those who are searching for new roles in healthcare. However, we also provide advice for people who are currently working in medical jobs and want to move forward with their careers. With that in mind, we have compiled a short list of the things you need to do to get ahead in your medical career.

Look Into Additional Qualifications

Many medical jobs have specialised roles that you will only be eligible to work in if you have specific qualifications. In many cases you will need to combine these qualifications with experience in your industry, but without them you will not be able to move forward in your career. As such, you should consider doing some research to find out what you need to progress. Your fellow professionals will often be a rich source of information in this endeavour, particularly those who are currently working in roles that you may be interested in moving into.

Embrace New Opportunities

Even if you are not directly thinking about moving forward in your career, you should still keep an open mind to new opportunities and seize them when they arise. This is particularly true of education, as you never know what you might learn on a course that you can apply to your current role or any medical jobs that you may have in the future.

Excel In What You Do

Of course, you are unlikely to progress in any role if you don’t show key decision makers that you are dedicated to excelling and going above and beyond in everything you do. Focus on what you can do to improve in your current career and consider speaking to management and other key personnel to get their opinions about how you can improve. Not only will these improvements help you moving forward, but the fact that you have taken the initiative in terms of making them shows decision makers that you are a viable candidate for any roles that do become available.

Accept Responsibility

As you advance in your career you will start assuming even more responsibility. This can be scary, but it also means that more trust is being placed in you and should be considered a positive sign. You need to accept everything that comes along with more responsibility by taking the credit you deserve when you perform well and accepting that mistakes sometimes happen. The latter is particularly important, as learning from your mistakes demonstrates a commitment to improving that will serve you well in your career.

Start Networking

In many cases who you know is often just as important as what you know. This is as true for the medical professions as it is in any other industry. Make it a point to network and build as many connections as possible, both internally and with people outside of your role. This will open you up to more sources of advice, plus it is likely that you will hear about new opportunities early so you stand the best chance of taking advantage of them.

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