Pathology collection: the perfect career for returning to work
Becoming a parent is a journey which turns any person into both a teacher and a student. We get tips and advice, but no formal training. However, we learn and refine a multitude of skills that are relevant to the workplace. Then, eventually, it’s time to return to work, or possibly a new career, with fresh (and finally rested) eyes.
One difficulty many parents find is finding work that is flexible, well paid, and convenient. This is exactly why becoming a pathology collector could be right for you.
At a glance, job descriptions for a pathology collector or phlebotomist (specialising in blood collection) are ideal roles for a parent returning to work. Either role requires applicants to be reliable, caring and compassionate… something mums and dads need to embody to raise well-adjusted children and avoid a visit from protective services.
What is pathology collection?
Pathology collection is a hugely important step in diagnosing illness and determining treatment effectiveness. A typical day might involve meeting with patients to collect biological samples, explaining the collection method, and answering questions to allay any reservations they may have about the procedure.
What do you need to become a pathology collector?
The role requires organisation and empathy. Accurate labelling and following procedures to the letter are essential in pathology collection. The patient may be in a difficult and stressful time in their life, and as such, an empathetic and understanding approach is needed to excel in a pathology collection career.
Parents know organisation.
Parenthood teaches us that life is occasionally messy. Organisation is imperative when a simple trip to the shops can be an exercise in chaos theory, just because someone discovered the joys of squirting their apple juice popper in the fancy store.
It’s a juggling act, ensuring no balls are dropped (thrown, lost, eaten). Multitasking abilities may help with plowing through a multitude of tasks. Doing so has become necessary for parental survival. The flexible hours in the industry (casual, part-time, mornings and evening shifts) are also a huge plus for organising your schedule.
Parents care about medical care.
At a friend’s first baby shower, the couple were gifted a first aid kit by a close relative. They both thought was a weird, almost morbid, choice. But experienced mums and dads know about the coming years of scratched knees, bee stings, and sweat-matted foreheads. Now a dad of three, my friend completely comprehends the knowing look he noticed when receiving that present (even though he probably still would have preferred whiskey).
The pre-natal classes, the parent’s groups, the up-all-night-Googling symptoms, can make parenthood feel almost like the first few years of a med degree. The good news is this interest in health and medicine is an advantage for those considering returning to work in pathology collection, or undertaking a blood collection course.
Using your previous experience to return to the workforce.
The flexible training offered by LTT will impart the skills you need to gain an entry-level position and start a pathology collection career. The benefit of having already worked in a related field, or having transferrable skills, is you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to cut down your course time.
Practical experience through work placements.
Getting started is one challenge, but getting comfortable is important too. LTT will help build confidence in the industry through practical work placements
(for Certificate III in Pathology Collection).
It may feel like a big decision to return to work or study. That’s why it’s important to choose training in a stable and supportive environment. Put yourself to the test; who knows what amazing future you’ll create?