Re: hospital vs corporation which would you choose?
Dear Angie: I was in the very same situation a number of years ago going
from the hospital to a private corporation. I wondered the same thing when I
was 50 years old if I could make it in the business world. I did it , I'm
glad I did it, and I would do it again.
The plus side, at least for me, was you get: much better pay, a break from
purely routine operations, not having to deal with all those egos in the
hospital, much more respect for what you bring to the table, more job
challenge, more opportunities to grow, more opportunities to learn outside
your job without having to beg for money to attend conferences, workshops,
seminars. No more me doctor, you tech attitude. You have more independence
and more chances for faster advancement in salary and career positions. You
can actually negotiate your job requirements such as wages, time off, working
On the down side: no guarantee of everlasting employment. I've been laid off
in the past but would never, never go back to the hospital again. Been there,
done that, and have all the T-shirts. If you are the kind of person that
doesn't want any surprises or changes in your routine, private business may
not be for you.
I would caution you however that some of these histology private labs are
definitely sweat shops and only interested in turning out as much product as
possible in the shortest possible time. Before you leap, look hard at the
company and see if you like the atmosphere and, most of all, are the present
employees happy and like their jobs? It's important to talk to them and get
a sense how much they enjoy their work. Do you like the person whom you'll
be working for? Don't be afraid to ask questions of both employees and
management how the company operates. If something seems wrong, it probably
Good luck to you in whatever you choose. If you have other questions that I
could help you with, I'd be glad to talk to you off the histonet either by
email or by phone.
Regards, Tom Kuwahara
San Francisco, CA
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