There are so many reasons to work as a locum. Here are some of them:
Get out of a rut: Doing the same work day in day out can be thankless and exhausting. Locum work allows you to break with routine, avoid burnout and gain fresh perspectives.
Experience variety: With a whole range of unique opportunities, including placements in rural and remote communities, detention centres, military bases and corporate settings, there is something for everyone.
Give back: You will be providing an invaluable service to your peers and the communities they serve. As a locum, you may be covering a doctor who is off sick or on annual leave. Or you may be reinforcing a small team who really need your skills and expertise.
Flexibility: Pick and choose when and where you work. Locum placements vary greatly in terms of duration, and fly-in-fly-out opportunities are common in more remote areas. So, you can work for a few weeks and then spend quality time on personal pursuits or with your family.
Use your core skills: You’ll experience the full breadth of medicine, especially if you are working in a rural or remote area – a refreshing change if you’ve spent years in a specialist role, and a fantastic way for junior doctors to consolidate their skills.
Build your network: Locum placements provide you with a great opportunity to see what’s out there. You’ll get a feel for different roles, settings and geographical locations. Plus, you’ll build up a strong network of professional contacts, leading to potential long-term career opportunities.
Earn good money: Yes, locum work pays well, so you can work less for more. Ideal if you’re wanting to free up some time, or save for a holiday, house purchase or other project.
Gap filler: If you’re looking to fill gaps in your permanent roster, locum work allows you provide your services to patients elsewhere and earn some extra dollars while you do so.