Before embarking on your next trip job, there are FIVE crucial details you must know:
If you choose the Standard Benefit Package most travel firms provide, you almost certainly are not being paid the most you can for your job.
Both inexperienced and seasoned travelers often fail to comprehend that the Standard Benefit Package provided by a travel agency is really a BASELINE from which to begin bargaining for better terms. When given a pay that is more than what they would make in a permanent employment, many travelers accept it without thinking about the possibility of increasing it via negotiation.
I can attest to the fact that other medical travelers working alongside me at the same time and in the same hospital as me earned less per hour than I did…
Some of them had traveled before, so they knew what to expect. Why is it? They may have been under the impression that their current assignment “only paid that specific amount” or they may not have been aware that there was a salary range for their position and level of expertise.
However, the fact that they aren’t receiving top money is mostly due to the fact that they don’t know what to ask for or how to ask for it.
If you know the right questions to ask, you may show a recruiter that you are a sophisticated businessperson and quickly improve your chances of receiving the best offer.
Don’t waste time and money trying to “catch up” for years when you can have a head start by getting started smart from the get-go. Even if you’ve already left for your trip but worry you aren’t receiving the greatest discounts, you may start doing so right now!
If you don’t know the ins and outs of getting the greatest travel assignments, you can find yourself in some really unsavory places.
I had no clue the world was so large before I started medical tourism. I grabbed the only job that came my way and hit the road, living out of my vehicle the whole way. 13 dreary weeks in a sleepy suburb with zero attractions awaited me when I moved here. It was also a pretty boring place to work. The allure of vacationing abroad has been shattered.
It’s evident that a more experienced traveler would be a better fit for the position I just described, yet many organizations organizations still take advantage of inexperienced travelers by sending them to remote locations. After all, the travel agency pays you to work, thus it’s your responsibility to find a place to do so.
But even those who have been on the road for a while may not know how to be hired in the most desired places. The “nuts and bolts” of getting to where I wanted to work and visit took me a while to figure out. (After all, taking in the scenery is a major incentive to take the road, right up there with monetary compensation.) Looking back, getting into the BEST workplaces was simple; all it took was some insider knowledge.
3. HORRIBLE TRAVEL STORIES!
If you don’t know what the travel agency offers, you can end yourself on a flight from somewhere…
Many years ago, I relocated from Florida to Oregon for work. Due to my inexperience with medical travel, I had to switch planes three times, endure horrible layovers, and finally land at an airport located two hours away from the city where I would be working at 1 in the morning. I got into the rental vehicle that had been waiting for me and went to the hotel where I would spend the night (if getting into bed at 4 in the morning could be considered sleeping). The hotel turned out to be a gigantic slum, and the jammed heating system converted my room into a steam bath, so I stormed out into the cool morning air, fatigued and irate.
Companies who pay for your trips may save money by sending you on circuitous detours, changing your scheduled arrival time, and dropping you off in places that are “driving distance” away from your final destination. It’s not uncommon, believe me! Even if you’ve never traveled before, you’ll soon learn the importance of knowing your “rights.”
Just because you’re assured that “everything related to your trip has been taken care of” doesn’t imply you’ll like the actual arrangements.
4. RESIDENCES: DISGUSTING, AVERAGE, OR OUTSTANDING!
One of the numerous things that may make or break an assignment is the quality of the lodging provided by the travel company.
The average duration of an assignment is thirteen weeks, which is a significant amount of time to spend in a place you don’t really like or appreciate. Since I first started traveling, I have experienced just about everything, from the worst to the average to the best. Plus, as any vacationer will attest, bigger and better is always the way to go.
When I reflect back on the awful living arrangements I put up with, I want to punch myself in the face. They weren’t all dreadful (well, one was very bad), but many were really unremarkable. (Definitely not immediately overlooking the ocean, which I have already experienced on two assignments… all thanks to the negotiation methods I’ve learnt along the road.)
I used to slack off all the time, but now I always give 110% to every single one of my projects. And you won’t believe how simple it is to get those high-end housing benefits. Extremely simple! In addition to an upscale apartment complex or condo community (already a plus!), I look for and am given amenities such as a large television (I like sports and don’t want to squint to watch the action!), a washer and dryer in my unit (no more trips to the local wash-dry-and-fold!), a swimming pool, a fitness center, a fully stocked kitchen (not just the bare minimum!), and even a hide-a These are but a few of the favors bestowed upon me… My items continue to pile up!
5. AN IDEAL PROFESSIONAL POSITION!
You need to ask yourself a few basic but important questions to evaluate if you’re headed into a job from hell or into smooth sailing with a nice atmosphere and kind coworkers and doctors.
Both a recruiter from the travel firm and a representative from the hospital where you are being considered for a travel employment will interview you to determine where you will be most successful. You’ll also get the opportunity to conduct an interview with them, which is perhaps the most interesting part.
Even seasoned travelers still shock me when they admit they don’t bother to inquire anything beyond the bare minimum while interviewing for a new job. Therefore, there is a steady flow of tales of people who traveled for work only to find that their destination was nothing like what they had imagined. And now they have an binding agreement requiring them to do the task!
I think it’s not just stupid, but also pointless, to skip over vital issues. When interviewing for a position, I always make sure to ask the travel agency recruiter and the hospital’s representative some pointed questions to help me identify any potential “red lights.” In fact, you’ll be shocked by how willing individuals are to provide data with you if you only know how to ask!
As an example, I just went through the interview process for a job in Florida, where I now reside. On the surface, it met every need for an ideal arrangement. The questions I’ve learned to ask over time, though, made it clear that I was headed toward exactly the kind of sticky scenario I want to avoid at all costs. Three employees suddenly leaving this area is a warning sign, since it suggests there are serious issues that need to be addressed. If I hadn’t asked the appropriate inquiry, I never would have learned that. Since those three workers have already left, I have a few more inquiries to make. So I hastily started working on something else.
The intriguing conclusion to this tale is that I returned to take on this same task a few months later. Why is it? Everything had been reset, with fresh players and scenery, and the previously untenable issue was now resolved. In addition, the quality of the work was much higher than usual. I was assured that I had dodged the worst of it by one of the other tourists who had made it through the first ordeal and whose assignment had been extended. Aye, aye!
Now, I’ve given you only five items from the numerous chapters of my book, Insider Secrets to Medical Travel, that you need to know before accepting your next travel assignment, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned traveler who’s become unsatisfied with the discounts they’ve been provided.
Knowing even ONE of these five things and putting it into practice may reap huge rewards and save you a lot of heartache and time and effort.
Successfully navigating the medical travel industry and gaining access to the greatest compensation, most attractive places, most comfortable travel arrangements, loveliest living accommodations, and ideal employment situations may be a rewarding and enjoyable profession.