There’s plenty of opportunity in health care, but what does it take to land a role? Take a tip from Dan Hobson of Hobson Health Recruitment.
Making a start in the industry
When it comes to recruiting people for health care roles, Dan looks for a combination of qualities. “We want to try and find people who we look at and think, could I let that person look after one of my family members?” explains Dan. “Ultimately they could do the job, but do they have the right level of soft skills?” Aside from qualifications, the personal traits fit for health care work include a high-level of empathy, a kind nature and excellent communication skills.
It’s one thing to be entering the health care industry as a fresh graduate, but if you’re looking to change careers and move into health care, it can be tough to find the time and money to re-train. Dan is a big advocate of online study, as it allows people to hold down their current job while they chase a career they feel more passionate about.
“We want to try and find people who we look at and think, could I let that person look after one of my family members?”
Career-changers also have the option to enter the health care industry in a role that utilises their current skillset – every organisation needs staff in such areas as accounting, HR, law and marketing. There may be internal opportunities for professional development, that could lead to a shift in role that doesn’t require formal study. Sometimes, it’s just about getting a foot in the door, and seizing opportunities that arise organically.
Hear more from Dan
We chatted to Dan about a number of topics – check out what else he has to say about the health care industry:
Health courses through OUA
Open Universities Australia offers a number of health courses from leading Australian universities, at both a undergraduate and postgraduate level. With the online delivery format, there’s no need to drop everything to start heading towards your dream role.
Bachelor of Community Health – University of South Australia
Bachelor of Food and Nutrition – La Trobe University
Master of Public Health – Griffith University
If you’d like to talk to a student advisor about how you could step into a health career, and what your study options are, fill out the form on the right of this page, and we’ll get in contact.