Thinking about making the switch to a non-clinical career?
That leap can come with so many things, both good and bad. You can face criticism and judgment from old classmates, friends, family, colleagues, etc. for wanting to leave patient care.
MAKING THE LEAP INTO A NON-CLINICAL CAREER LIKE…
This was something I for sure experienced when I expressed to some friends that I was thinking about starting my own company, before the birth of Joy Energy Time.
This sort of backlash can result in you second-guessing yourself and feel the pressure of trying to ‘stick it out’ or ‘suck it up’ because ‘you chose this profession.’ Leaving the clinical world can come with many rewards, like finding a career you love in a related field and still being able to draw from your clinical knowledge.
Whether you’re dead-set on leaving your clinical career or you find yourself wondering what that would be like, this review of the Non-Clinical 101 Course by The Non-Clinical PT is a must-read!
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WHAT IS NON-CLINICAL 101?
Non-Clinical 101 is a course that helps you to navigate the transition from patient care to non-clinical roles. This course offers the nuts and bolts of understanding your personal and career priorities, the different types of non-clinical careers out there, making the appropriate plans to get there, and landing your dream job.
The course is on Teachable, which in my experience has been a user-friendly platform. Each module includes a video and links with downloadable resources and worksheets.
Meredith Castin, founder of The Non-Clinical PT, created and narrated this entire course. My first impressions when I first started the course described in three words include:
From beginning to end, I was engaged in the course materials. This course is based on a four-step process, which helps you to be prepared and feel confident in your non-clinical career leap (or jump, or baby step- however you want to take it!)
MAJOR CONSTRUCTS OF NON-CLINICAL 101
The course organization is as follows:
- Learning what makes you tick
- Discovering non-clinical careers
- Making a plan
- Landing your dream job
- Bonus lessons
- Bonus job starter packs
- Master list of Non-Clinical 101 resources
Each section of the course lays down the foundation for the next section.
Screenshot before I dove into the course and bonus materials!
LEARNING WHAT MAKES YOU TICK
This section is all about learning more about yourself, priorities, and values. You may think that this part is unnecessary or irrelevant, but oh no- that is far from the case. I actually really enjoyed this section, because who doesn’t love to learn more about themselves?
In this section, you will engage in a visualization exercise to help you get clear about the type of life you want.
- Why do you want to leave your clinical career?
- What do you want your life to look like?
- What is important to you, and what isn’t?
- What did you think you wanted, but have gained clarity around what you truly want?
You will also find a few assessments and personality tests. This is an important component, especially when you dive deep into the non-clinical careers section.
Certain personality types may be better suited for certain jobs- of course, you are not bound by your personality. Rather, you learn about your strengths and preferences, which may allow you to consider non-clinical career options you previously hadn’t considered before.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS SECTION
I really liked how Meredith has a part that takes a look at staying in patient care- this is important because you may not want to leave clinical care right away, or maybe you realize that you still want to be there, but needed to have a heart-to-heart with yourself.
I also like how Meredith walks through important things you need to figure out before you decide to leave your clinical job. If you do plan on leaving patient care, you must know your timing, how it will impact your loved ones, and assess your financial situation. She also goes over roadblocks and the major challenges that you may encounter if you leave patient care.
Meredith does NOT sugar-coat anything and is not afraid to explore the harsh realities that may come from taking the bold leap into the non-clinical world. She ends this section with empowering messages because she gets it- she went through the same shaming when she decided to leave. Needless to say, I am a fan of this section!
DISCOVERING NON-CLINICAL CAREERS
I consider this section to be the meat and potatoes of the course. Meredith leaves nothing out- I mean nothing- about the different non-clinical careers that are relevant to allied healthcare professionals.
This part of the course covers job descriptions, average pay, pros and cons, matching personalities, transferable skills, and training and education. Each job comes with relevant downloads and recommended information of required or optional certifications and trainings and resources.
You learn about the benefits of employment structures and the differences between contracting, consulting, freelancing, entrepreneurship, ‘side-hustles,’ nonprofits, telehealth, startups- all that jazz.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS SECTION
I love how Meredith discusses and facilitates your thinking process about taking the plunge out of clinical care versus going semi-clinical. There is no right path, and it was important for me to see in this course that Meredith doesn’t preach that there’s only one linear path to take if you want to leave patient care.
MAKING A PLAN
This is a fun, yet technical, section of the Non-Clinical 101 course. You learn about- get ready for it- networking! Fear not though.
I consider myself to be an extroverted introvert- or more like an ominvert (somewhere in the middle!) and traditional networking events and networking opportunities at events and conferences literally give me a pit in my stomach. It feels so awkward and uncomfortable.
Meredith shares in this section an array of useful strategies to network online and offline. She covers an important topic- how to network while still working your clinical job. She also provides in-depth LinkedIn strategies pertinent to you exploring non-clinical careers (my new favorite platform TBH!).
You learn how to craft the perfect non-clinical resume and create a cover letter that gets you results- this is where things get very technical. This section has no shortage of downloads (I love the resume surgery downloads!) to help you master the laws of what to do and not to do when it comes to writing your resumes (yes, that’s plural for a reason!)
WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS SECTION
I’m so glad for this section because there would be NO way that I could assemble all this information by myself. Her insight and expertise in this area really shows, and I’m thankful she went that in depth.
I am truly blown away by the thoroughness in this section- let alone every single section of the course.
LANDING YOUR DREAM JOB
Woo! We are nearing the end of the road. By this point, we are several hours into the course. In this section, you learn about how to find your first non-clinical job, nail interviews, negotiate pay, succeed in non-clinical roles, and see what’s next.
Meredith breaks down how to master phone and in-person solo and panel interviews. The interview section is dense and offers samples and etiquette for each type of interview.
She also goes over best practices for accepting offers and how to bring up the negotiation process to help you to improve the chances of getting the compensation you want. She shares best practices for the mindset you need in order to succeed in a role that is not involved in patient care.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS SECTION
The transition into the non-clinical world can be jarring and feel like a huge adjustment. This section acknowledges the real feelings and fears that you may encounter in a new role. Although it’s scary, it’s OK to have new goals and to create new goals when you transition into a non-clinical career.
BONUS MATERIALS: JOB STARTER PACKS AND MORE
WHOA. These bonus materials are more than the cherry on top- it’s like a whole sundae! If you have identified you want to get into consulting, telehealth, sales, clinical liaison, clinical trainer, clinical informatics, utilization reviewer, or more (there is a general non-clinical starter pack), you have struck gold.
These additional sections offer downloads that help you get into the nitty-gritty of how to get into these roles. Although these roles are covered with valuable information in the main course, these starter packs go a step further with the role specific information, like:
- Search terms for that specific job
- Resume examples
- Cover letter examples
- Interview job questions for each specific role
MY OVERALL REVIEW OF NON-CLINICAL 101
If you are serious about fully or partially diving into a non-clinical career as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech language pathologist, this course paves the way for you to get a grasp on that wild ride and succeed in the non-clinical world.
At the end of the day, do I think that this course is worth it?
That’s why I became an affiliate- I believe that this course is a game changer because it seriously equips you so that you are prepared and confident going into your non-clinical career. Let’s face it- there is generally a stark difference between clinical and non-clinical careers. You may think a few Google searches will help you to land that non-clinical job, and you may find some helpful resources.
However, this is the only comprehensive course that will help you to swim, not sink when you get out there, and it will put you ahead of the game.
Meredith also has a Facebook group for course insiders for continued support.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TAKING THE COURSE:
- Take it one day at a time. Don’t rush and try to take it all in one day.
- Set a dedicated time each day to dive into one section or lesson at a time.
- Put the tips into practice. Pause as much as you need to, especially during specific sections like freshening up your LinkedIn.
- Get social- connect with the other course attendees and other people in the Non-Clinical PT community.
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Cheers to following your gut and having a career that makes you happy and fulfilled.