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Secrets of the Sectors: Healthcare

The healthcare sector is hugely diverse, ranging from ambulance services and dentistry to psychological therapies and medical research. Working in this industry means you could be spending your days in a variety of locations. For example, you may work in a care home, laboratory, or hospital. You may also cross over with other sectors, for example working in the finance side of healthcare, or within a marketing role.

If you’re searching for a role within Healthcare, the NHS are definitely worth considering. Standing strong as the UK’s largest employer within the sector, the NHS employs more than 1.5 million people, and boasts more than 350 different roles.

However, if you think NHS is not right for you, take a look at roles at the likes of Bupa, Care UK, British Red Cross, or Save the Children.

Points to consider…

  • NHS employees can all expect national pay rates.
  • Doctors, dentists and senior managers are paid by means of a different arrangement.
  • Healthcare work often leads to working extremely long hours.
  • Jobs within this sector can be challenging, yet rewarding.
  • Roles span up and down the country, meaning you can choose to work anywhere in the country.
  • You will be required to have a strong attention to detail and ability to stay calm.
  • Good communication skills and an approachable nature is a must.
  • You must be able to work well in a team.

For a lot of jobs within healthcare, you will need to be a registered healthcare professional with a relevant degree. You will also need to register with a professional body to work in roles such as medicine and nursing. However, if you lack a relevant degree, you can complete a graduate-entry course. These often require at least 2.2 degree level diploma and work experience.

Where should I study?

If you want to study a degree related to healthcare, consider the following universities:

  • Aston University
  • University of Brighton
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • Cardiff University

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