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Health CareerBeing in the healthcare sector is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. There’s so much to learn, so many people’s lives to save, and so many highs and lows.

You’ll constantly be faced with challenges, and your emotions will be tested daily. But to see the happiness on people’s faces when you’re nursing them back to health, or improving their way of life is worth all the hardship. This post is going to explore a few of the reasons why a position in the health sector is perfect.

The Challenge

Whether you’re a nurse or health care assistant, the challenge is always going to be huge. You’ll be under a lot of pressure due to the strains on the health sector at the minute, but the challenge is what should drive you through the day. You’ll be faced with new issues regularly, and you’ll be pulled from pillar to post trying to spread your time between patients and your task. But that’s what makes the day go so quickly. You’ll be challenged emotionally constantly, but it’ll make you grow so much stronger as a person. The unfortunate side to being in health care you will have to encounter deaths and bereavements from families. Nothing you ever do in life will be more mentally challenging especially if you work with children and have children yourself, but nothing will make you more empathetic than experiencing this.

The Education

The knowledge you’ll have as either a health care assistant or nurse will be huge. For a health care assistant, you’ll have completed QCF Diplomas in Health and Social Care or similar qualifications. If you’re heading down the route of nursing, you’ll have spent three years at university studying and shadowing nurses. Both are gruelling experiences, but by the end of it you’ll be experts in your field. Having such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to treating injuries or illnesses can be applied to the outside world. If you have children who are prone to scrapes and bruises, knowing how to properly treat them, and whether they should go to hospital is a skill you’ll never regret having.

The Progression & Security

If there’s one thing that the UK is crying out for, it’s nurses and carers. They’re that short of staff that people from other countries are being flown in to try and boost the numbers. So if you enter the healthcare sector, don’t ever be worried about being chucked out, or even short of shifts. There’s also so much room for progression. In caring, you can go on to become a senior carer. In nursing, you can become a sister, or even a research nurse. If you make it this far, your pay bracket will be nice and healthy, and you can be involved in the development of new drugs that could save people’s lives. You’ll be that in demand, you’ll probably find yourself working more hours than you need to, but if you love your job this shouldn’t be too much of an issue and the extra pay will be good!

Working with ChildrenThere’s that old saying that most people tend to stick to: don’t ever work with animals or kids.

But, as a mum, you’re probably thinking that working with kids can’t be that bad. After all, you’ve already got plenty of experience with dealing with them! However, you might be surprised to find that having kids and working with them are two completely different scenarios.

Working with children doesn’t have to be all that bad, though. Follow these tips, and you should find that everything goes relatively smoothly.

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Untitled design (43)Work For Mums official partner for careers advice and guidance is Hannah Morton-Hedges from Momentum Careers Advice.

Hannah qualified as a careers adviser in 2002 and prior to this, gained significant and valuable experience as an in-house recruiter for a number of major blue-chip companies.

As well as a 2:1 honours degree from the University of Hull, she holds the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance (PgDip Guidance).  She is a registered member of the Institute of Careers Guidance (ICG) and is committed to their Code of Ethics, which includes impartiality, confidentiality  and accountability.  She is a qualified administrator of the Morrisby Profile psychometric test and a holder of the Prospects Certificate in Life Coaching.

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Untitled design (63)There’s a time and place for everything. And it’s important to understand when the time is appropriate for those things you set out to do in life. The same can be said for knowing when to self-promote.

Self-promotion really means “selling” your strengths and abilities to whomever you want to listen. Certainly, there are times when painting a perfect picture of yourself gets you the desired outcome. But there are other times when it’s just unsuitable and unattractive.

Review a few instances when self-promotion is a good idea:

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Untitled designDeciding on a career can sometimes be difficult. After spending a few years studying in a particular field, one would think that your career choice is obvious. Sometimes, though, uncertainty looms because you aren’t fully connected to the field.

Have you chosen a certain career direction because your parents want you to do it? Keep in mind that your ideal career should be something that still gives you joy ten years down the line.

Use this guide to figure out if you’re on the right career path:

  1. You have an innate skill set. Some individuals are just more naturally aligned with certain careers than others. Is that the case with you and your career choice?

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Untitled design (8)Going through your workdays with a sense of disappointment is tough. At the beginning of your career, you probably felt like you were on track. Now, you wonder how you missed the signs that the career you chose wasn’t for you.

If your current career is unrewarding, it doesn’t have to be the one you stay in for the rest of your life.

You can break away from where you are today and move on to something more fulfilling. It will take effort, but you’re more than capable of doing it.

Follow these steps to start heading in the direction of a new career:

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VidaA change from our usual career stories! Rachel tells us about her career as a professional matchmaker.

Tell us about your job

I am the founder of The Vida Consultancy – an international award-winning matchmaking agency. Our aim is to find life partners for the world’s most exceptional people.

What appealed to you about your career choice?

I moved into a career in matchmaking 10 years ago as a detour from my original career path as a business psychologist. When I discovered matchmaking as a profession, it had instant appeal: it provided the opportunity to work with inspirational people all over the world and there is no greater feeling than helping someone find love, not to mention being paid for the privilege!

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Untitled design (4)Welcoming a new boss can be complicated, especially when they used to be your coworker. How do you make a graceful transition from being a peer to being a direct report?

Whether you’ve been close allies or friendly rivals in the past, you can learn to thrive under the new leadership. Try these suggestions for restructuring your professional relationship.

Steps to Take With Your New Boss

  1. Extend congratulations. Remember the obvious. This is the time to congratulate your former co-worker on their success. Be specific and sincere. Describe at least one quality or achievement that you admire about them. Express your enthusiasm about working together. Follow up with a quick email repeating your thoughts.

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Untitled design (2)Job shadowing can help you find new opportunities that are good for your career. This activity is often used to help those in high school and college. However, established professionals can also benefit from job shadowing.

Consider these ideas to enhance your career with job shadowing:

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Untitled designNetworking is especially urgent when you’re out of work. However, that can also be the most difficult time to try to stay connected. You may feel uncomfortable discussing your situation, and you probably lack the money for expensive conferences and business lunches.

 There are many ways to maintain and strengthen your professional network without shaking your confidence or draining your bank account. Try these ideas for reaching out to those who can help you advance your career.

Preparing to Network When You’re Unemployed

  1. Conduct research. Clarify the direction you want to take with your job search. Think about whether you want to remain in the same field or try something new. Do you want to start your own business or join an established company? Stay up to date on industry news and trends. Identify the companies and people you want to contact.

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