We all have dreams. Some of us want to get rich, some of us wants to have the perfect happy family, and some of us just simply want to travel. Some people want to have everything – dreams are free, after all. We’re likely to get stumped with laying out the groundwork, though. It’s hard to know where to even start. You might even be scared of working in a gulf country (tip: you shouldn’t be). This is for people who want to get a job abroad in the healthcare sector and make their dreams come true.
The Gameplan in Getting that Healthcare Job Overseas
Get your Qualifications
Your qualification is the building block for your dream. If you have yet to choose your university, you might want to choose one that’s accredited by the World Directory of Medical Schools. This means that you’re earning a world-class degree. Take care to review with your school’s registrar the units that you’ve earned so far before you start your final year. You don’t want to find out that you earned an incomplete grade on a minor subject after you’ve taken all of your required units. That happened to my cousin and she went back for a semester just to take one measly subject to complete her degree.
Earn Enough Experience.
Most jobs overseas require experience. Not just on-the-job training or internship, but paid practice. Most healthcare professions require two to three years experience, while postings for doctors ask for three to five years. Specialists require the longest, with five to eight years’ experience. It would greatly help your case if you stayed with one employer throughout. It’s hard to offer a two-year contract if you can’t even be bothered to stay a year.
Save Money and Ready Your Documents.
It might feel counter-intuitive to save up money so that you can earn more money. Remember the old adage, though, money begets money. You would need money every step of the way (as in life). Licenses, passports, accreditation, medical exams, visa – it all costs money. Start saving up while earning your experience and it will be easier on the pocket if you’ve prepared long before you need it.
Finally, use a job aggregator to find postings overseas.
It’s all good having a LinkedIN profile, but don’t forget to look up job aggregators like Indeed. It summarizes all the jobs available depending on the filters you applied like country and industry. For countries like the Philippines where majority of the Gross Domestic Product comes from its’ citizens overseas, they have services like workabroad.ph and POEA. With India, for example, you can read up the resources that the Ministry of External Affairs provides. Let the internet work for you, don’t exhaust yourself applying to companies where there are no vacancies.
Don’t forget to update your myTrueProfile page. You can use this as your online resumé and share it with authorities and employers alike. Set the Contact Settings to public so that prospective employers can contact you with relevant job opportunities. Finally, google the companies that you are interested in and see if they have good reviews from websites like Glassdoor. This will give you a heads up on what to expect.
Good luck in getting that healthcare job overseas!