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5 Signs You Are Ready to be a Locum Therapist in Singapore

If you are feeling overworked, fatigued, and dissatisfied with how much time you have at the end of your workday, you may be ready for a career change. For individuals who are in the healthcare industry who are working full-time positions as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, or speech and language therapists, there is another type of career path you should consider if you are losing a sense of life balance or are bored with the mundane routine of your job. A locum therapist is someone who fills in a temporary position at any healthcare facility, such as a rehabilitation center, a senior care center or a restructured medical center. The only thing you need to shift yourself into this career path is a full and valid practising certificate issued by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) of Singapore and a reliable and trusted agency to help you jump into this rewarding opportunity. With this said, let’s take a look at a few signs that may indicate that you are ready to start a new journey as a locum therapist in Singapore.


  1. You Want A Choice About Downtime: one of the major perks about working as a locum therapist is the fact that you get to pick and choose how long your contracts are. This means that from the hundreds and thousands of opportunities and assignments available, you can decide what type of lifestyle you want to live. Some individuals may want more downtime so that they can enjoy life while others may want to take on six month assignments and then enjoy a three month downtime. Working as a locum therapist means you get to make this choice.

  1. You Are Looking to Expand Your Resume: when you work as a locum therapist, you will be able to experience many different types of practice settings, specialties, and clinical studies. This will allow you to gain insight, expand your knowledge, and hone your clinical skills right in the field. In addition to this, you will become exposed to a wide range of new experiences and new creative ideas from some of the best in the industry.

  2. You Want to Make More Money: if you are looking to increase the revenue you make, working as a locum therapist is the way to go. You are paid based on the amount you put into the job, meaning for every hour that you work, you will get paid. No flat or salaried amount. Plus, because of the flexibility that comes with this career path, you can take on short-term assignments or full-time work that will pay you more than regular healthcare professionals who are in permanent positions.

  3. You Feel Overworked and Undervalued: generally speaking, full-time therapists in the medical field experience burnout more often than any other industry because of insufficient income, long working hours, bureaucracy-related tasks that are mundane, and too much time spent behind a computer and not with patients. As a locum, this doesn’t occur because you get to choose when and where you want to practice.

  4. You Are Self-Confident In Yourself: working as a locum therapist in Singapore will not be without its challenges. If you are self-confident in your ability to take on these challenges while still learning about the healthcare industry and your specialty, all the while creating and maintaining your own personal brand, then you’re ready to be a locum therapist.

If you are experiencing any of the above, then it is definitely time to consider making a career change. A full-time position that causes you to be overworked and stay put in a mundane routine is eventually going to wear you down. Instead of spending too much time behind a desk, consider taking the time to change up your lifestyle for that of shorter assignments and more engaging work. If you experience any of the above and want to earn more money and enhance your resume, then consider reaching out to Pacific Rehab & Therapy today! We have numerous positions open including a mental health occupational therapist, rehabilitation therapist, physiotherapist, and a speech and language therapist opening which can be seen here. Begin your career as a locum and enjoy freedom, flexibility, and control over your working life! For inquiries, please call us at +65-6735-5181.

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