Tips for Deciding if a Career in Healthcare is Right for You

Tips for Deciding if a Career in Healthcare is Right for You

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in Students
On September 28, 2016

Many people spend years training for a career only to find that they don’t enjoy it or aren’t good at it. So what can you do to avoid landing a job that just isn’t right? There are a few steps you can take, and the first one is reading this list of tips for deciding if a career in healthcare is right for you.

Evaluate Yourself

First thing’s first, take a long hard look in the mirror. Learn more about the healthcare career that appeals to you - specifically what the daily job would be like. Then, evaluate your personality and aptitudes. If you plan on working in a hospital, you should be the type of person who performs well under pressure. Every healthcare career is different; just make sure your personality matches the job. If you are uncertain about whether or not you would be good at a specific job, consider taking a test or taking a free class online to evaluate your current skillset. Be honest in your evaluation, but remember that training will help you improve in areas where you are weak.

Watch Medical Procedures

This may not apply to every healthcare job, but if you plan to be working around medical procedures, make sure you can stomach them. Want to be a phlebotomist? You better be comfortable seeing needles and a lot of blood. On the internet, you can watch just about any medical procedure you want for free. This is a great way to get a feel for what a real healthcare facility looks like. (It’s not at all like Scrubs or House led you to believe.)


Volunteering is a great way to get your feet wet and see if an environment is right for you. Ask a local clinic if they need help filing or volunteer at a blood drive for hands on practice in a medical facility. If you want to go into a patient-focused area of healthcare, you also need to be comfortable working with people. Consider volunteering at a nursing home, daycare, or adult rehabilitation center in order to practice your people skills and see if you can handle caring for others on a daily basis. Not only is this a great way to decide if the career is right for you, but it is also a good way to give back to your community while improving your resume.

Deciding on a new career is scary - even if it’s the right move. If you feel in your gut like a career in healthcare is right for you, it probably is. Don’t let your fear of something new hold you back from the career of your dreams. If you’ve followed these tips and still aren’t scared away from the healthcare field, you should start training as soon as possible.

Learn more about our degree programs which will teach you everything you need to know to get started in your new healthcare career.