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Job prospects outside Podiatry

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by g-lo1, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. g-lo1

    g-lo1 Member

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    Hi there,
    Anyone ideas for jobs outside of podiatry where I can utilise my primary degree or build on it?
    Thinking to go on and complete a postgraduate certificate, diploma in the new year but need some help with brain storming.
    I don't think I want to do anything academic like teaching etc.
    I think ultimately I want to get out of podiatry. I was thinking about something mainstream like business maybe, if you know of colleagues, friends who've have left the podiatry field can you please offer suggestions?
    Many thanks!
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    A "degree" is a "degree" and those generic type skills that are obtained are transferable and any good employer should know that.

    What about a post grad degree in public health (eg MPH) --> opens lots of doors.
  3. Hi I understand completely. I've been a Pod for 25 years & am so ready for a change. I have a TFCC injury to my right wrist which has forced me to research a possible future career. I didn't want to study more than a year & my interest in Diabetes directed me to a postgrad in Diabetes Education & Management. Look into this! I'm really pleased with my new direction & it will work in well with my Podiatry business. You need to become Credentialled to be recognised by Medicare so there 1000 hours of logging Diabetes Education as a Podiatrist. This works well if you are prepared to work for 1 more year as a Pod to get your 1000 hours as the Postgrad is part time online & is effectively only 4 subjects. Hope this helps & let me know if you're interested & I can further assist you! Debbie
  4. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Depending what country you are in, you could go back to uni and add Pedorthic degree here in Australia? l think with RPL its 1 year more?
  5. Turtle

    Turtle Member

    What is it you enjoy about podiatry?
    What is it you don't enjoy about podiatry?

    These questions may help narrow your focus. If for example you love helping people, but can't stand the business side of podiatry, then perhaps business isn't the right choice? Conversely, if your frustrations are fueled by non-compliant and difficult patients, perhaps health care practice isn't the right world.

    Personally, I went through this about 18 months after completing my studies. I found my way into an engineering degree and have found an area of real interest in the cross over.
  6. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    There are more of us that have "moved on" than you can poke a stick at. More seriously, one should at "why", and "how". First, remember that a Pod degree is a bloody good degree and can take you anywhere you want to go. I was talking to the undergrads in Pod in Galway about 18 months ago and said exactly that. As I said it, I watched the head of school turn her hear sideways and try to hide a smile. Look at going back to university, look at other options, but do not lose contact with your base camp - podiatric medicine. Rob
  7. Hi Rob, I still consider myself a new Pod though I graduated in 2014 as I now have about 6 months under my belt. I am still questioning myself time and time over if it is what I really want to do. I love helping people but I always feel an immense pressure to be able to handle every situation that's new or different and I have learnt so much and survived my first 6 months but always know I have so much that I don't know. I am a perfectionist and feel I don't know enough of everything to be a complete podiatrist. Every now and then I think I should just go back in admin where I can do no harm and keep life simple. ..did you ever have these doubts in your own capabilities at the start of your career?
    I don't necessarily want to throw my degree away. ..
    Thanks for reading. Sidonia
  8. Ian Drakard

    Ian Drakard Active Member

    I have doubts in my abilities now (and not just in podiatry!). I'd learn to accept this as a positive or you're doomed to feel a failure in whatever path you you go down (regardless of how good you actually are).

    Look at it this way- being aware that there's a lot more you need to know is better than thinking you know everything when you don't. Try and get a situation where you get good support and mentoring and it will help a lot.
    Best of luck, Ian
  9. Thank you Ian for the positive words! Sidonia
  10. Hellebore

    Hellebore Welcome New Poster

    Hi, There's already some great advice here - I'm new to this forum but wanted to respond. I'm in my final year of Podiatry training in the UK, having worked in a few fields/abroad before that, so have had similar wonderings about my previous degree!

    There's a book called What Color is Your Parachute (not a typo, it's american ;-) which I found really helpful. It's
    about more than just CVs/job hunting, things about working out your next direction. There's a chapter which breaks up different aspects of one's life/preferences/priorities, and helped me create a picture of how I want my life to be - which eventually led me to podiatry. (I think it uses the image of dividing life into slices of pie, if that makes it easier to find!)

    It really helped me to come at it from this angle, not the questions "what job?" but "how do I want my life to be?" Personally, I want to move to a village, and wanted to bring tangible hands-on skills, where I was using knowledge and working with people. So it was as much my desire to live semi-rurally that has motivated me into this new career path. Now I'm nearly there, I'm glad I have that clear picture in my head while I deal with final year of uni!

    Best of luck in working out what your next steps might be :)
  11. I may look into that, though I pretty much sort of use that line of thinking regarding being a Pod. There are just so many factors! :confused:Thanks. Sidonia
  12. To find out what you like, and the lifestyle you seek, are a good place to start. For example if you love working with elderly people, and recognize that the population is aging and thus present a huge earning potential, you may wish to pursue a career in district nursing. Or set up a mobile podiatry service providing basic nails, corns, and calluses treatment where there is a very strong demand, guaranteed elderly clients to see in their own home, they pay at the time, and you make your own hours.
    I have been enjoying the basic mobile service provision for nearly 30 years now, and have never tired of it. It is so needed and rewarding, I wish more people would do it.
  13. carolethecatlover

    carolethecatlover Active Member

    Shoemaker, orthotics maker, in a way we are heading into what is called 'industrial design'.
  14. g-lo1

    g-lo1 Member

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer advice, really helpful.
    If I make a change I'll update you and maybe someone else might benefit from my news.

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