Venturing off on your own to a new city and a new traveling medical job is scary. Doing your research, having the right mindset, and level-setting expectations makes all the difference. Read on as Erica Harvitt, travel Occupational Therapist, shares her story…
I started as a traveler for my first job out of grad school. I am a pretty independent person, but I was scared! My biggest worry being: What if I have no idea what I’m doing? Maybe that is a feeling all of us have right out of school. Trust me, you know WAY more than you think. Also - you are fresh out of school, you have retained in your brain things that veterans have long forgotten. Sometimes they will ask YOU questions.
Secondary concerns that came up: Where will I live? How do I get there? Who will I hang out with? What do I bring?
Trust me when I say, none of these things will scare you after your first assignment or two. This is a life you get used to. I have been traveling for 6 years now, and I haven’t even been on a contract for over a year. Long-term leases scare me now! My 30-something self is not grown enough to be owning furniture. (Add that to the con list, travelers tend to hit life milestones a little later than everyone else- because we’re busy seeing all the places!)
So let’s talk about all of the good things that come with travel.
Okay, that all sounds great, but what are the downsides?
There are several reasons why the traveling lifestyle isn’t for everyone.
So all in all are traveling medical jobs worth it? I have been a traveler for 6 years and say a resounding "yes!". I have lived in so many places, visited so many counties, learned to work in countless work environments and specialties and I am now SO independent, I can handle anything (Knock on wood).
Thank you to Kamana partner Erica Harvitt, CEO at The LIST, for contributing the content of this blog.
About Erica Harvitt, OT
Erica Harvitt is 6-year Travel Occupational Therapist and 3-year owner of The LIST - a live travel healthcare job board where you can see recruiter reviews from other travelers and apply to jobs in real-time. She regularly shares information on what it's like to be a travel healthcare provider over at The LIST’s blog, so check out her videos and articles as she takes you along for the ride.