Last year a friend and co-worker of mine decided to spend a year in New Zealand working a locum Ultrasound position. This was not the first time I’d heard about someone taking an Ultrasound locum, but it was the first time I’d heard of it being done in so exotic a location as New Zealand.
I was instantly interested, thinking, wow, what a perk of the job! In how many careers do people get overseas employers chasing after them offering positions with such amazing travel opportunities?
I had to know more! So I kept in touch with her while she was gone and today I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned.
What is the first step in the application process?
How much time and money do you have to invest?
What did you not expect about working overseas?
What was the most rewarding part of the process?
How did your new employer and the recruitment agency treat you once you got there?
How different are the sonography duties in New Zealand?
Is there time to explore and travel?
What is the cost of living in New Zealand?
What WAS most enjoyable about life in New Zealand?
Overall Pros and Cons:
Pros: An extremely rewarding way to make a life change, meet new people, really immerse yourself in and explore another part of the world and have an amazing memorable adventure that you will look back and smile about. Also a great way to bump up your resume for the future. A contract overseas, where you have been challenged, learned new adaptive skills and gained a broader base of unique Ultrasound skills will impress any future employer.