As medical devices recruiters, we work daily with great employees who love their medical devices careers and have endless lists of goals and targets they want to achieve.
In this industry, it is rare that employees ever feel like they have learnt everything there is to learn – there are always new medical advancements which make caregiving more innovative, streamlined and ultimately better for the end-user.
Gone are the days of a ‘job for life’. It is no longer frowned upon to switch companies throughout your career in order to build your skills and experience repertoire; in fact, the average time spent with one company is now 4.6 years
So, how can a move every four years benefit your medical devices career? Read on to find out.
1. To Ensure You Stay Engaged
When you begin your medical devices career, it can seem like the sky is the limit. After your years of training, starting in the world of work is an exciting time.
Unfortunately, like all things over time, this enthusiasm can fade. It is a fact that engaged employees are happier, and therefore more productive than disengaged employees. If you are becoming disengaged due to the time spent in a role where you feel you aren’t progressing, this can have adverse effects on not just your career, but your home life too.
When you are disengaged at work, this can lead to feeling as though your work doesn’t really matter; it can feel unsatisfying and exhausting – this is a recipe for disaster in the medical devices sector.
2. To Gain New Skills and Experiences
Whether you desire to learn a particular new skill in order to acquire a better, higher-paid role or you are searching for a rich and varied work history because you thrive off the excitement of a new challenge - changing your role around every four years is the perfect time frame to get the most out of your medical devices career
While it is increasingly becoming the norm to change your role or place of work throughout your career, it can still be a red flag to an employer if your CV has a lot of previous employments.
A move consistently, every year or two is probably going to raise questions, but as per the median time spent in each role now, employers will be happy to hear you explain that you have changed your role every four years to keep your training and development momentum going.
In your medical devices career, you will typically have learned the most you are likely to get out of your role within the first four years. Changing your job after this will keep your curiosity spark ignited and will help you overcome the challenges and problem-solving issues that come with a new role.
3. Sometimes the Grass Really is Greener
When you stay in one job for too long, it can be harmful to your medical devices career. It can show a lack of a breadth of experiences, and in an ever-evolving sector, it pays to show potential employers your range of skills.
One of the main reasons we hear from people who are considering a career move but are hesitating is that they are scared the grass won’t be greener in a new company or role. Being afraid to see what’s out there is a perfectly normal human reaction, but it might be holding you back.
In our experience, employees who make the move are treated better in a new role than they would be if they stay in the same role for years and years, even if the role is essentially the same.
For some jobs in the medical devices sector, the external market value increases faster than the company salary levels, and so often it is financially viable to continue your career within a different company if your aim is for an increased salary. You are more likely to achieve this with a job move rather than staying in the same position and hoping for a raise.
4. To Keep Up with Medical Devices Advancements
The technological advancements
within the medical devices sector are rapid. Every year new products and procedures are invented, which keeps the healthcare industry progressing ever forwards. Just this year we have seen the rise of smart inhalers, an increase in robotic surgery and advancements in CRISPR, the gene-editing technology which is threatening to make diseases like cancer a thing of the past.
Working in this sector, one must naturally have a desire to be at the cutting edge of these developments. If your current role is not providing you with enough opportunities to keep up with new advancements, such as attending medical devices conferences, in-house training or simply being an outdated facility with little plans to grow, a move will benefit you.
So, how long have you been in your current medical devices role? If it’s longer than four years, have the points in this article made you realise that it might be time for a change?
If you are feeling stuck, disengaged or just ready for a new challenge in your medical devices career, get in touch
with us today. We have been helping great medical device employees for years into new and exciting roles in the MENA region, and we might have the opportunity you have been looking for.
How Kinetic Can Help
Kinetic source professionals locally and internationally for leading multinational, regional and local Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices companies, including Consumer Healthcare organisations.
As such, we understand the niche requirements for all specialisms of this ever-increasing regulated industry. To find out more about how we can help you in landing your next career progression, contact us today.