In our time today wherein unemployment is “just-around-the-corner” and a favorite profile status of nurses at Facebook is “Works at: Nothing” or are official members of the RN Tambay Club, we need to be more keen and more alert when looking for opportunities. Though a lot of us cannot wait through a whole year of being as a nurse volunteer, many nurses are looking for work that does pay. You cannot blame them, because some of us took the role as a provider for our family. Or some are really bored working in a job that doesn’t give you “enough” benefits.
Good thing that the KSA we obtained from our four years in a nursing school can be used in diverse ways, not just as nurse but also in these top 5 alternatives for nursing career (that pay):
5. Flight Attendant
Do you or other people see you as a presentable person with pleasing personality? Why not try your luck and become a Flight Attendant? Some nurses do not apply because they don’t have any training or ‘know-how’ as a flight attendant. Although having so is a plus, airlines are still open and accepts high school graduates and especially college graduates as long as they complete their training course and have the required physical attributes as a flight attendant (height, excellent health, clear vision).
Flight Attendants who ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers during a flight can earn from P18,000-P26,000 pesos (entry level) and may even go up to P36,000 to P54,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas such as in the U.S. & Canada, the average annual salary for a flight attendant is $43,350 or $3,612 per month.
There is Money in the Internet. If your niche is writing, why not start blogging? You can start a blog for free at Blogger.com and start writing about things that interests people (that means not your personal life or etc). You can use your nursing knowledge to give tips about health or write about anything that interests you and interests your potential readers. But as many bloggers know, blogging takes time and patience. Its not an overnight success (not even an over month).
How can you earn from blogging? Advertising. You can apply at Google Adsense as a publisher if you want to monetize your website. Some bloggers can earn up to 1,000 USD or more (and yes, that’s in US Dollars)!
There really is Money in the Internet. If you have an Internet connection at home, you can use it to start earning online. A few websites you can find online work are oDesk and eLance. There are a lot of different jobs that you can apply to at these eLancing websites. Work as a data-encoder, a writer, or a virtual assistant. If you fancy social networks like Facebook and Twitter, you can apply as a social media marketer.
eLancers can earn from P5,000 to a P30,000 or more depending on your quality of work, number of contractors and skills. Also, you can work on your free time!
2. Medical Transcriptionist
Medical Transcription is the transcribing of digital voice recordings of dictated medical reports. Medical Transcriptionists (MT) should have a knowledge on anatomy & physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology, I can hear you saying “OMG this is me” to yourself. And yes, your familiarization with medical terms and documentation is a plus or even a multiply. But can you type? Can you type fast and accurately? MTs should also have exceptional skills in writing, typing, and excellent listening skills.
MTs can earn from P10,000 to P15,000 per month and may exceed depending on their hours of work, typing speed and type of employment.
1. Call Center Agents
With the booming industry of business process outsourcing in the Philippines, Call Center Agents still top the list of jobs that nurses would apply to. Even the labor secretary urges nurses to apply at call centers. Compared to other jobs, Call Center Agents are paid above the minimum wage and given other incentives. Also, education requirements are not tight inc all centers as long as you have above average English communication skills. You should be willing to undergo training if you wan to work as a call center agent.
Salary of Call Center Agents ranges from P12,000 to a whopping 25,000 pesos.
Five Friday is a new feature article on Nurseslabs that will be posted every, err, Friday. We will be listing some helpful tips and tricks, and top 5 or worst 5 of everything, every Friday. Do you have any suggestions for our next list? We would love to hear from you! Comment below or contact us.
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