Enhance Your Healthcare Career Options with Hourly Jobs
Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach
Healthcare organizations don’t – and won’t – hire just anybody, no matter what the job market. If healthcare is in your future, you’ll need to develop the right combination of skills and experience while in school to get the best shot at your desired career after graduation.
One strategy is to find an hourly job (or two or three over the course of your college career) that will help you develop the key qualities and traits required by your future healthcare job.
Many Opportunities Available
Dozens of hourly jobs in healthcare and related fields can give you great experience and a chance to expand your skills. Consider exploring jobs with titles like these:
• Personal care attendant (sometimes called home health aide).
• Nurse’s aide.
• Health services assistant.
• Resident counselor (at a group home).
• Certified nursing assistant.
• Medical/clinic receptionist.
• Camp counselor.
Expand Your Choices
Look for hourly jobs that can teach you the essential skills you’ll need for your healthcare career later on. But remember that many positions can provide useful skills.
For example, if you’re pursuing a degree and a career in nursing, a nurse’s aide job now would be an obvious choice. But it’s not the only one. You could also work as a personal care attendant, helping people in their homes with both household tasks and day-to-day living activities. This can give you a sense of what it’s like to help someone with very personal needs. Or you could work at a summer camp for children who have unique healthcare issues and learn firsthand about a host of diseases and conditions.