Why locum work is just what the doctor ordered
If you’re looking to boost your income, further your career or gain a better work/life balance then Locum work could be for you. Here’s why.
Many doctors find their personal circumstances change several times during their careers, and this often means a fulltime job becomes inconvenient and no longer practical.
Locum doctor work provides huge amounts of flexibility, allowing doctors to tailor their working hours to other commitments. At Trust Locums, we help many doctors that have decided to become a locum for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:
* Being able to take holidays whenever they want. Doctors with children often want to take holiday around the school holidays.
* Having the opportunity to work in different countries/ locations.
* Balance doctor work with another career or hobby.
* Spend more time with family
* It is an easy way into semi-retirement.
It’s no secret that locum doctors can get pad at higher rates, which is why this type of work is a great way to top up your income, or pay off student debts. Many doctors decide to become “career locums”, this allows them to provide services as a full time contractor – which can be lucrative depending on demand.
Get a taste of different working environments There can often be huge disparity between the working environment in a small community hospital compared to a large general hospital. Junior doctors often take advantage of the opportunities working as a locum provides, particularly when it comes to taking a break from continuous employment to sample different working environments before committing to a permanent position. Similarly, overseas doctors thinking of making a move to the UK can sample working like before making a more permanent move. The experienced gained from this can be used to help secure subsequent medical positions in the future.
Explore your career options
After years of medical school and training, it can be very easy for doctors to fall into a particular specialty for the rest of their working life without exploring what other specialties have to offer. By taking on a locum vacancy, doctors are able to find out what it is like working in a variety of areas, including those that they may not have had exposure to before. This results in a higher level of perspective of their career options. Fill the gaps
If you’re between permanent jobs, or perhaps waiting for the perfect opportunity to arise, locum doctor roles are a great way to fill gaps in your working schedule. This provides you with a continuous income
Are you interested in becoming a locum doctor? Get in touch today.