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.
We discuss the benefits of being a locum doctor…
Many doctors find their personal circumstances change several times during their careers. This often means a fulltime job becomes inconvenient and no longer practical.
The benefits of being a locum doctor are endless. Providing 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 a 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 paid at higher rates. 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. It 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. Especially when it comes to taking a break from continuous employment to sample different working environments. They can do this 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 speciality. This could become their focus 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. They are able to experience areas 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, locum doctor roles are a great way to fill gaps in your working schedule. Alternatively, you might be waiting for the perfect opportunity to arise. Either way, locum work provides you with a continuous income.