Landing Your Ideal Job as a GP

Landing Your Ideal Job as a GP

As a newly qualified General Practitioner (GP), you no doubt feel ready to take on the whole world.

However, landing your ideal job as a GP is not as easy as just walking into a medical centre and placing your diploma down on the table. To get the best job you can, you need to invest the right kind of time and effort into finding a career path you can feel comfortable in.

If you want to start making the right calls, then take a look at these simple points. Done right, they can help make sure you get the job that you intend, want and deserve!

Location, Location

The first thing you need to think about is the location. First off, where do you want to work? Can you travel? Do you drive?

Most people want to be close to their workplace. Obviously, this narrows down your options. Finding your dream job within, say, 20-minutes of travel could be quite a challenge. This is a limiting factor, so if location is a very major factor then you need to accept that this will limit what you can find.

You also need to take the time to look a bit closer at the type of practice you will be joining. Before you can make any decisions on where you want to work, decide how you want to work.

It might seem obvious, but most people go for the closest location only to find out it is not what they wanted. Instead, spend your time looking for the right type of job with a location that suits your needs.

Professional Development

A key aspect of getting a job as a GP is to search for a job with professional development in mind. For example, a lot of locations will offer the chance to continue your education and to make sure that you keep growing as a medical professional instead of stagnating.

Professional Development can often go under the radar. It can make a big difference to the quality or enjoyment that you can get from your job. Nobody expects you to know exactly where you want to be as a newly qualified GP, but you should have a rough idea. What kind of medical skills do you excel at? Are you able to find something that is particularly interesting to you with regards to specialisation?
What kind of people do you want to care for? You may have certain requirements with not only where you will work, but who you will work with. From wanting to work with those in need to those who cannot afford treatment normally, you’ll find that your professional development can make a tremendous difference to the way that you work.

With all of this in mind, you should find it easier to look at job searching from the perspective of your own personal development.

Getting the Job

When you go for that interview, we recommend that you do some research into the practice. Learn the background of the most important staff members, look at the staff culture and spend as much time as you can, learning about potential positives and negatives.

Basically, find out what limitations they may have and advertise yourself as the solution to these issues. This will help the employers see you as a viable candidate, and thus make it easier for you to get that job.
Make sure you impress! Talk about how your skills and experience are suited to the practice. Demonstrate how you intend to get up-to-speed with the workload, how you will engage with the team and what you can contribute to the practice, going forwards.

By utilising the above points, you will likely stand out from the crowd and hopefully make the impact that you want. If you are someone who finds it hard to make telling contributions in interviews, consider all of the above. Used correctly, it might just help you land that job and land the job that you are best suited to.

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