Just because healthcare, as an industry, continues to grow does not mean we, as travel therapists, should feel secure in our careers. The make or break of any career, even in a flourishing field like healthcare, lies heavily on individuals who strive for excellence. In fact, because healthcare is at an all-time high, we should not be complacent as job competition is often directly proportionate to a field’s growth. In other words, the more travel therapy job openings there are, the more travel therapists are out there looking for a piece of the action. Really focusing on your travel therapy career is more important than ever.
You will have to step up your game in order to stand out among the competition and gain success in your therapy career.
First, in order to move forward you’ll need to step back a bit. Just a bit. Time for some soul-searching. Ask yourself what you how to gain in your therapy career. While setting goals and assessing yourself seem obvious, you wouldn’t believe how many professionals fail to do this. They get caught up in the job and, thus, ironically forgetting why they’re working in the first place.
So, set your goals and be specific about it. Don’t be vague. If you want to eventually start your own therapy clinic, you have to be specific about the location, means, and timeframe. You need to ask hard questions objectively. For instance, how realistic are your goals? What do you need in order to achieve them?
Another thing you have to remember about goals is that if you don’t believe in them you won’t achieve them. How important are your goals to you? Going back to the therapy clinic example—many therapists think that it would be neat to have their own practice. And yet not everyone is willing to do the hard work it takes for a dream like that come true. Remember too that your own clinic means you will have to fend for yourself. You have to find your own clients, take care of them, and run your clinic like a business. Not everyone wants that.
Being specific too means giving yourself a hard yet realistic deadline. Deadlines make us work harder and keep the goal from losing steam. Whatever you do, never lose steam. It’s difficult, sometimes downright impossible, to pick it up if you drop it.
While you’re working hard at your goal, remember to take time to smell the flowers. Or if you prefer a different cliché, enjoy the journey. In other words, be content in the moment. Everything takes time and so you have to be patient. It won’t happen overnight so you might as well not be hung up on it—whatever it is you hope to accomplish in your therapy career.