Posted March 25, 2014
In today’s challenging and competitive marketplace – coupled with typically high post-graduation debt – many new dental school grads are finding that they must plan for their initial work opportunity at least a year in advance. Although it’s easy to overlook the immediate future due to the significant demands of one’s final year as a senior dental student, it is imperative to identify professional opportunities and options before you ever collect your diploma.
You have a variety of options when it comes to post-graduate opportunities, including an associateship, an associateship leading to practice buy-in, participation in a group practice, establishing or buying a practice, serving the military, Veterans Administration, or public heath, and/or accepting a corporate position.
While economics may limit your immediate options, don’t overlook the importance of seeking happiness in even your earliest decisions! That includes identifying the geographic area(s) of the country in which you wish to practice, and recognizing whether or not your lifestyle desires would ultimately facilitate practice ownership.
Also keep in mind that, if you wish to establish your own practice, your immediate cash flow will be critically important. Your best options to start strong: either choose an underserved area and offer a multiplicity of clinical services, or return to your home town where you’ll have family, friends, and former classmates to support you.
Take advantage of the ADA’s economic research to help you determine a desirable location, and physically visit those communities. Speak with the local Chamber of Commerce officials, evaluate the school system, identify the diversity of local industry, drive through the neighborhoods, and meet the local bankers.
Seek out associateship opportunities through state and local dental societies and nationally recognized brokers. Take advantage of the services offered by your commercial suppliers, and introduce yourself to local clinicians approaching retirement to see if you can create a mutually rewarding situation. Finally, don’t overlook corporate opportunities or service to the nation which can provide you with an immediate salary while enhancing your clinical and management skills.
It may seem like a lot of work, but putting in a little extra effort before you graduate will help you find not just an opportunity, but the right opportunity.
Posted June 21, 2019
Spend more time with family. Have more time to pursue hobbies, go back to college, or write a book. Earn extra income to supplement your current job. Why do you want to temp as a dental assistant or hygienist? Temping in a dental office can be a super-convenient way to earn while maintaining a flexible […]
Posted May 24, 2019
So you’ve decided to find a new job—only to discover that the market is scarce. Job markets (like any market) ebb and flow. Some months, like September and October, are better than others because a lot of companies want to hire before the frenzy of the holidays. Other months, like June and July, aren’t so […]
Posted May 10, 2019
Every working professional runs into a problematic coworker eventually. It’s simply the odds of working with other people. Not everyone you work with will mesh or vibe with your personality or work style. While you can solve a lot of these situations by just ignoring the person, bad coworkers can become a serious issue if […]