The NHS: an antidote to a lifeless career
Whether you’re looking for the satisfaction of helping the public, or you’re just sick of making money for a bunch of faceless shareholders, working for the NHS could be a smart career move.
A place you’ll fit in
You might not expect your skills to be applicable within the NHS. But the enormous range of job roles required to meet health care needs means that even the arts can play a role – think drama, music and art therapies, for example.
If you’re a trade professional, there’s plenty of scope to put your skills to use in a hospital.
And did you know the NHS is one of the largest property owners in the UK, with 5% of its staff involved with hotel, property and estate services as project managers, estates maintenance staff and so on? If you have management skills this could be a great place to apply them.
The National Health Service couldn’t operate without the assistance of staff in supporting roles either, so if your skills lie in administration, it could offer you a rewarding and varied career.In sum, there’s a place for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. T
There are few careers as rewarding as one in the NHS, or that give you the opportunity to work with such a variety of people.
You will need university qualifications for some roles, but you’ll also find the NHS will pay tuition fees in full or part in certain cases. Nursing, dentistry, and speech therapy are three areas where bursaries may be offered.
If professional development is important to you, you’ll find the NHS nurtures and rewards its employees. “The NHS can open up lots of doors depending on where your skills and interests lie Porters have even climbed the rungs to become chief executives”.
Stephen Whitham is an IT project manager at NHS Nottinghamshire. After being made redundant at credit checking company Experian, Stephen was searching for opportunities outside of the City where jobs were disappearing fast. “My research eventually led me to the NHS and I thought I’d give it a go. And I’m very glad I did. The NHS helps people to upgrade their skills and move on with that experience. I like this approach – it suits me."