"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else," said Yogi Berra. That is true for anything in life, including healthcare training.
It's not enough to say that you want to enroll in a healthcare course. You need to get more specific about your goals. Where would you like to work? Perhaps you picture yourself at the front desk of a busy clinic, or helping an elderly patient stay in their own home for as long as possible. Perhaps you don't picture yourself working with humans at all.
These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself before enrolling in your first healthcare course. In the meantime, here are three exciting careers for three different personalities.
For the person who enjoys one-on-one contact over the hustle and bustle of a healthcare facility
You love the idea of caring for people - that's why are interested in getting a healthcare diploma in the first place - but you'd rather care for one person at a time. You may want to consider seeking personal support worker training that will enable you, for example, to help patients in the tasks of daily living in the comfort of their own homes.
This kind of healthcare training can also prepare you for a career in an institution or clinic. But if you know that you would prefer to work in private homes, you may be able to tailor your healthcare training to your goal.
For the introvert
Looking for a career that would enable you to help others but that would give you lots of time to yourself? You may want to take a healthcare course for medical transcriptionists. This is a good career for independent types who would like to work on their own, even from their own home.
For the animal lover
Students who pursue healthcare training are often motivated by a desire to help others. But these "others" aren't necessarily human! Some colleges offer courses for students who aspire to work in a veterinarian's office. If you've ever taken an animal to a vet before, you will know that most vets have some support staff, for instance, to help hold the animal in place for a needle, or to make sure that samples get sent to the laboratory for testing.
Sound interesting to you? Call the schools in your area to see if they offer a healthcare course for veterinary support staff. If not, speak with a local veterinarian to find out what kind of healthcare training they would recommend for someone like you who loves to help animals.
To recap, it's not enough to say that you want a healthcare diploma. The field of healthcare is vast, and there is a healthcare course for every personality type. As Seneca said, "Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind."