What to Look for and What to Avoid in a Dental Associates Career

July 14, 2020

If your current employer isn’t giving you the confidence and career you deserve perhaps now is a great time to consider your options as dentistry emerges out of the current pandemic crisis. Management of the large corporate dental providers and well funded entrepreneurial groups have stepped up and are positioning their businesses for future growth & development.

Independent dental practices in England no doubt face a more uncertain future lacking the leadership, resources & infrastructure. Now is a great time to recruit or consider your career.

If you are concerned about moving in the current climate you should be reassured that if a business is hiring now they are serious about their & your future. Whether you are seeking your first dental job fresh out of university or trying to take your career to the next level, Dental Associate roles are probably on your mind. However, there are certain things to think about, such as the type of practice, what to look for, and what to avoid

Find A Practice That Shares Similar Goals To Yours

It pays to think long-term and visualise where you want to be ten years down the road. Think of whether or not you plan to buy part or all of the practice, and make sure that the owner is open to an agreement. Consider whether you want to learn the business side of dentistry, as this becomes more complicated when you start to learn the logistics and operations. Ask if the dental practice owner is willing to support efforts you are planning to make. These can be things like allowing you to sit in meetings, or if she or he will support your continuing education courses and transition some management responsibilities to you.

Think about the side of managing staff, as this can be a complicated ordeal that is not for everyone. If so, look for opportunities to be able to take leadership roles and be part of the hiring process. Lastly, keep in mind that management means less time doing the dentistry aspect, so if you want to focus on the clinical side, it wouldn’t be wise to take up tasks like management.

Keep Your Options Open

Opportunities for dental associates (https://bda.org/associates) often pop up when least expected, so use a list of goals you have created as a guide. Early careers often have more flexibility than those later in, so avoid putting down roots that limit your choices. This means being open to relocating to a nearby area or even a whole new city. While you may be reluctant at first to do so, if the perfect opportunity appears and it matches all the things on your list of goals and aspirations, take it because it may not resurface again. Many people who end up moving because of work often find themselves happier in a new place even if it initially struck them negatively.

Listen To Your Gut Feeling

The process for hunting for work is daunting for many and will vary from person to person. While some are hired without much effort, others may experience more steps to do so. Even if the job presented seems to be the perfect one, if you are on the fence about it because something doesn’t seem right, perhaps it would help to wait. Your gut feeling often tells you what’s best, so be sure to pay attention to it when making a major life decision.

Finding a dental associate role is a daunting task and can be a long and frustrating journey for some. However, the payoffs can be extremely rewarding if you stick around long enough and

persevere through the tough times. Once you crossover to the management side, your perspective of the field will change considerably and make you more of a business owner rather than a dentist. Choose your path wisely and make sure that what you want to do is something fulfilling and makes you happy in the end!

The above is the experienced understanding of the situation as at July 2020. Anybody wishing to discuss this further should consult their own specialist recruitment agency, recommendations for which we can supply.

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