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So what exactly is healthcare? This term can be broken down into two categories. The first is healthcare equipment and services. The second category is pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences. Now, already we have quite a wide range of areas within one industry. However, that really is just the tip of the iceberg because everything that happens from the surgeons, the general practitioners, the nurses, the pharmacists, the company collecting medical records into a database to even the manufacturer of medical equipment all play a vital role in what is an incredibly diverse and complex healthcare system.
Here we can see that the healthcare industry is not all about becoming a doctor. Of course that illustrious title is something that some students strive for and indeed some parents wish for their children but it is important to note that there are so many other equally distinguished roles in which one can be sucessful. These roles are still in the same field and in many ways, will still require the same passion. Healthcare itself is also not just connected with hospitals. Although hospitals do lead the way in terms of educating our society on living a healthy lifestyle, the companies providing the opportunity to put such a lifestyle into practice are the food and drinks manufacturers that supply us with organic produce, nutrition consulting services that inform us of eating restrictions and healthy diets, and of course the gyms and gym equipment companies that offer wellness activities such as yoga and pilates that are flourishing as our society becomes more health-orientated.
Now more than ever before, the opportunities for careers in healthcare are thriving. Reasons for this are due to changes in society, in education and in the healthcare industry itself. However, possibly an even bigger reason links back to in increasing world population and, as is the case in the more developed countries of the world, an increasing aging population. People are going to be working longer and retiring later, both of which will lead to some negative effects on people’s lifestyles. This can only be counteracted with good healthcare, because despite all the positive education, the reality of working adults is that they don’t eat healthy food enough and they don’t exercise often enough, which is why most health spending goes into treatment of illnesses rather than the early prevention of illnesses.
The bottom line of all is that because a societal focus on the importance of healthy lifestyles redefining the healthcare industry, combined with an unhealthy and aging population, the future opportunities for careers in this sector are vast are diverse for all kinds of individuals and businesses.
YCIS Beijing Careers in Healthcare Evening
On the evening of November 26th, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) will be hosting the second in a series of career evenings this academic year, a Careers in Healthcare Evening. This guest speakers for the evening will be John Williams, Managing Director of International SOS and Dr. Sarah Zhang, Chief Representative of BUPA China. The speakers will describe their careers paths and offer advice and suggestions to students in areas such as internships, universities and first career roles.
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