Locum doctors can be a controversial topic – some professionals argue against it, others swear by it. Either way, working as a locum doctor is the career choice of more than 3500 doctors across the UK and therefore it undoubtedly has its benefits. To illustrate these benefits, we have compiled a list of the 5 reasons why you should consider working as a locum doctor:
Locum doctors can maintain a better work-life balance.
Compared to their permanent counterparts, locum doctors can be flexible in creating a schedule that works for them. In addition, they can choose how long they want their contract to be and whether they want to take a role that involves being on call or not.
You will expand your network of contacts.
Once you take a permanent role, your colleagues become your professional network. On the contrary, locuming allows you to meet professionals from diverse surroundings and gain exposure to a variety of people. It’s a great way to create and grow a network of others who work in your field. Professional networks are a valuable part of your career that you can call upon later on in life.
You can manage your own time and avoid burnout.
Temporary contracts give you a sense of clarity about the future. Unlike permanent roles, they allow you to plan ahead with strict deadlines. With this in mind, you can go on a month-long adventure between contracts, or spend some time with your loved ones. Your time is yours to manage.
Working as a locum doctor can help you decide what you want to focus on
By the time they finish their education and training, many people have decided what they want to specialise in. However, that’s not the case for everyone. For instance, Mike Gough, a locum doctor, and CEO at What the Bleep, decided he wasn’t sure what the right step for him was after he finished training and used locuming as a way to figure it out. He advises those in a similar situation to take their time and try different things out instead of rushing. Working as a locum doctor during this period is a great way to build your career, knowledge, and network. Ultimately it can help you find what you are passionate about pursuing.
You can increase your income by working as a locum doctor
Locum doctors are usually in demand when there is an urgent need for them, and their pay reflects that. Being paid at higher rates makes for a great way to put savings away or pay off student debt. Taking extra shifts and opting for roles where you’re on call can give you an extra pay bump. Either way, as a locum doctor you are likely to be earning more than you would be in a permanent role.
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