Being a GP locum has it challenges, but it can also be very rewarding. In contrast, a salaried GP job is no longer viewed as the better route. You may have job security but the role also has it stresses highlighted in this article by the Guardian.
You are self-employed when you are a locum, and it will more than likely seem overwhelming in the beginning, but in the end many people feel that the benefits far outweigh the costs. We all want an easy life rather than day to day stress. To highlight the benefits, here are the top 5 advantages of being a GP locum:
1. Better work/life balance
As a locum you will have more autonomy and will be free to make your own decisions on your future that suit your lifestyle. For example, where you want to work and when you want to work? As GP partner you have more of an admin burden leading to more stress.
2. Work Hours that fit your needs
One of the most appealing types of control that locum has is the ability to choose when they want to work. However, be realistic and don’t give yourself too many holidays or your career with suffer. Keep in mind that balancing work and life is an essential aspect of success.
3. Better skills and more relationships
As GP locum you will have the opportunity to work in different practices, work with different GPs, and treat different patients. This will help you build more relationships and gain more skills enabling you to have a better career.
Additionally, during your career as a locum, you will learn invaluable lessons about accounting, increasing productivity and additional topics related to business management. This knowledge will prove to be useful regardless of whether you choose to become salaried or if you become a partner in a practice.
4. Higher Motivation
As a salaried GP, when you show up for work every day and help the same patients in exchange for a pre-set salary. Sometimes things can become a bit mundane, whereas the degree of spontaneity involved in being a GP locum tends to allow for much more excitement and enthusiasm. Starting working in a new practice you are eager to make a good impression with the practice and their patients.
5. You are in charge of your income
As a locum you are in charge of your income. Unlike a conventional job where you know precisely how much you will make relative to the time you put in, locums have the capacity to earn more dependent in how much locuming they want to do.
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