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7 Can’t-Miss Signs that Healthcare is Your True Calling

  • Article by:Health Career Center

Some people are cut out for life in the medical industry, and some aren’t. Unfortunately, by the time many people realize they aren’t cut out for it, they’ve already spent a fortune on a pre-med education that they probably won’t ever use again.

So how can you be sure that a career in healthcare is the right career choice for you? An honest desire to care for others is a good start, but it’s not quite enough. It takes a combination of rare characteristics to be a success. Seven of them, to be precise.

Below are those seven characteristics, according to CareerAddict. If you possess more than one of them, visit We’ll help you find the best place to put your skills to work.

1. You’re willing to sacrifice

Patients’ needs don’t adhere to a set schedule, and you can expect to work some inconvenient hours — especially in the early years of your career. But, if you’re truly built for the life of a healthcare professional, the long-term rewards and personal satisfaction will be well worth the sacrifices you make today.

2. You embrace variety and growth

Regardless of whether you’re a doctor, nurse, or someone who works on the administration level, working in healthcare brings you in direct contact with people from all walks of life. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys uncertainty and the promise of a new challenge each and every day, that could be music to your ears.

3. You feel empathy for others

When you meet with patients on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget that each one you see could be experiencing one of the worst days of their life. A sense of empathy is vital for anyone who provides care to the sick or injured, because your attitude has the power to make all the difference.

4. You never get tired of learning

The human body is one of the most complex things on earth, and the science behind medical technology is constantly evolving. So when you work in healthcare, you’ll find that there will always be something new to learn. (It’s called “practicing” medicine for a reason.)

5. You’re good at handling stress

Because it combines difficult decisions with long hours, healthcare is among the most stressful industries in existence. That’s probably why a recent survey found that medical students and physicians experience significantly higher rates of depression than the general public. Before you take the healthcare plunge, be sure that you can handle the pressure and anxiety that comes with it. You don’t want to burn out before your career has a chance to take off.

6. You aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty

Healthcare is no place for the squeamish. Nurses deal with messes every day that a typical 9-to-5 office worker can’t imagine (and wouldn’t want to). Even if you aren’t considering becoming a nurse, any position in a hospital setting is bound to bring you in contact with all sorts of bodily fluids. If you have a strong stomach, good — you’re going to need it.

7. You put others’ needs before your own

Ultimately, this is what it all comes down to. The most successful medical professionals care less about their personal needs or yearly earnings than they do about caring for others. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you won’t make money — with the aging population and growing need for care, medical professionals are poised to see a jump in compensation like never before. But, that said, money shouldn’t be your primary motivation.





The information in this article originally appeared on the CareerAddict website. To read the original article, click here.