More and more doctors every year are choosing to take a year out after training to work abroad. The trend of medical students choosing to emigrate rather than beginning their careers in Ireland is well documented. For medical grads deciding to undertake the move, the most popular of these destinations is New Zealand.
The promise of a great work-life balance, better working conditions and friendly locals, are enough reason for medics all over Ireland to pack their bags and travel half way around the world.
In previous years, many medical jobs in New Zealand were secured after a few emails and a quick conservation over Skype. However, with increasing numbers of New Zealand medical graduates and more UK graduates remaining in post in New Zealand, competition for jobs is rising.
Nevertheless “doctor” still remains on the immediate skills shortage list so securing a job as an SHO or Registrar is generally an attainable task, especially in the smaller towns or less popular regions. What this means for this year’s intake is that the application process for positions has become more structured, in contrast to the informal nature of recruitment in previous years.
There are also other factors to take on board like registering for the New Zealand medical council, reams of paperwork, collecting the right documentation, what visa you need, what CV template to use, how to get set up when you’re out there etc. Here we can help with the launch of our new ‘Med Visa’ programme specially tailored to help Doctors get set up in New Zealand.
Preparation is the key to success, so start organising yourself early. Ensure your Curriculum Vitae is up to date and in the correct format. The Kiwis use a different template to us and there is more of a focus on team work in their hospitals and practices. The New Zealand health service is divided into 20 district health boards and job applications are not centralised, so individual applications must be made to each board. This can be time consuming and frustrating.
Despite the mountains of paperwork before you get there, life in New Zealand is very rewarding. Most doctors report both gaining a lot of clinical experience and have a better work-life balance than they ever imagined was possible. So, what are you waiting sign up to find out more.