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'Doom and gloom' in podiatry?

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by blumley, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. blumley

    blumley Active Member


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    hi

    im currently a second year, who is really loving the course. However after speaking to one of the women who helps out with the teaching, her negative attitude got me thinking.

    She basically came out and said that she has no idea why any of us would bother with doing a podiatry degree as we will all only end up unemployed and that starting a private practice is nigh on impossible as dom work is really poorly paid and you cant afford to open up a clinic due to costs.

    It got me wondering that although the job market isnt great at the mo (what job market is) is it really as bad as she makes it out to be for new grads. Is this attitude shared by all in the profession and if so how do you see the future of podiatry in the uk

    your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated

    ben
     
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    Not sure what country you are in, but if its Australia, just ask listen to all the prospective employers who are whinging that no one or very few are applying for jobs they advertise!
     
  3. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    thanks for reply

    ah
     
  4. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    ah maybe its time to move to Australia then, what type of work is available, it it mostly dom work or is it pretty varied? also is the salaries out there enough to live comfortably or should i get used to beans on toast ;)
     
  5. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    I don't actually know any Podiatrists that do doms work! Hardly anyone does it. Its very unique to the UK
     
  6. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    ah i see sorry about the double post internet went a bit odd. hmm Australia doesnt sound so bad apart from the whole spiders issue....
     
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    ...whoops, I take that back - I do know one, but thats all.
     
  8. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    Like podiatrists who do doms work, I don't see no spiders either.
     
  9. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    ah well thanks for the advice, its good to know that there is work out there even if i have to travel to other side of the world for it :)
     
  10. rachel.liminton

    rachel.liminton Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    Don't you fret......I've been qualified as a pod 12 months....I undertake doms and also run a clinic...earn twice the amount as when I was nursing. It all depends how much effort and energy you put into the job.....at the end of the day....you reap what you sow...:morning::morning::morning::morning:
     
  11. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    ah well that is very encouraging when it comes closer to grad i may be picking your brains for advice :) glad things are going so well for ya
     
  12. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    Hello Blumly,
    I wouldn't take any notice of a teaching assistant - or whoever this person is that you refer to. If you want the info from the horse's mouth, see if you can shadow some pods in private practice and see what they have to say.

    To me, it sounds like jealousy or sour grapes on her part.

    Good Luck !

    Catfoot
     
  13. Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    ...Lithium (I think there's a case for it)
     
  14. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    hi catfoot yeah im planning on getting some shadowing work in the summer anyway as im thinking the more the better :) hoping to get some time with someone who has a good knowledge of bio mech as its not my strong point.

    thanks for the advice
     
  15. Katiebruce

    Katiebruce Member

    Re: doom and gloom in podiatry!

    I have been in the profession for 25years and never had any regrets over my career choice. Few jobs offer such potential for variety,job satisfaction or the chance to build up skills and be your own boss if in private practice. My only change would be to set up in private practice with other pods to share costs and ideas and for support as it can be lonely. I recently advertised for someone to help at the clinic and had very few responses so there can't be that many out there looking for work. Keep going and take up any opportunities you can. Katie
     
  16. There ARE jobs out there. There IS work out there.

    Its a great profession and a very portable skill, which no one can take away from you once you have it.

    As Rachel said, you get out what you put in.
     
  17. footdrcb

    footdrcb Active Member

    I agree totally...You get what you put in....Im always busy and make a good living from podiatry .
     
  18. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Hi Ben,

    Glad you`re lovin` the course. I did too.

    It would appear that your well meaning friend (paranoid android http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnfXvPBV1dA) is rather depressed. Hey, it`s really not that bad. Maybe Lithium* would help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OteOuFxeQPA&feature=related (Really cool Sith Ifrikaahn band). Close your eyes, open up your mind.... Yep, open up your mind, Marvin.

    Whilst NHS positions for grads may be reduced, due to the current economic climate, podiatry is still a much sought after profession by patients in the private sector. You don`t have to spend a fortune on setting up a practice. Not only are there second-hand/reconditioned autoclaves, patient chairs, etc available, there is also the opportunity of approaching pods already in PP for an associate position. Or, if you want to gain the experience of NHS work in a Trust near you, which does not have any full-time vacancies, you could offer them sessional work. As a new grad (5 years ago, at the start of this recession), I undertook sessional work, one day a week, whilst building up my now very busy practice....and i`m still lovin` it!

    Hope that helps!
    Bel

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgpSzdON2CE&feature=related I`m not gonna crack.
     
  19. Jbwheele

    Jbwheele Active Member

    Dude....Podiatry is one of those professions that spans the whole spectrum of ills and sciences. One thing that annoys me is "Over supply" of undergrads by Uni Univerities. We need to make
    ourselves invaluable, not common. Due to the increase in Retiring age and ageing population there probably will be less work out there for some time. And this will culminate in 2 types of Pods, DOM (Nails and corns) and private clinic specialists. You cannot base your work just on cutting nails all your life (altough it is a valuable service and I get much job satisfaction from it) we need to compete at a higher level and not get pushed down by the bigger unions of nursing and Doctors. Making more of us will only force us to lower our "income" why do all that training to be a Nail cutter you can make make more money in a Beauty clinic. So be arrogant and self praising and youll be just fine... dont get into Hippy treatments with little evidence. And Learn your Anatomy!
     
  20. blumley

    blumley Active Member

    hi guys thanks for the advice its been very helpful and makes me feel slightly less terrified, although im not sure if advising lithium to a teacher will be received all to well :). At the end of the day its something that i really enjoy and would never let one persons negative attitude put me off, im a firm believer that if you work hard and give it your best then good things will happen.
     
  21. footdrcb

    footdrcb Active Member

    I hear Cymbalta is a better SSRI for depressed podiatrists,,,Taluscholine Cuneiform receptor fascia antagonist
     
  22. blinda

    blinda MVP

    That may be so. But I don`t know of any rock bands that have waxed lyrical about Duloxetine ;)
     

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