Mar 15, 2024

Transitioning from Nursing to Clinical Specialist: Kate Shields' Journey to Medical Device Sales

In an inspiring session today, we had the privilege of speaking with Kate Shields, who successfully transitioned from a nursing career to become a Clinical Specialist in Medical Device Sales in just six weeks. Kate's story is especially motivating for many nurses contemplating a career change, drawn to the field for its new challenges, better work-life balance, and greater growth potential.

  • Burnout
  • Limited Earnings and Growth
  • Seeking Better Work
  • Desire for Appreciation
Kate Shields' Key Strategies for Breaking into Medical Device Sales
Embrace the Role Before You Have It
Kate's first tip underscores the importance of acting the part before officially landing the job. This means engaging in networking, coming well-prepared to discussions, and maintaining professionalism at all times.
Consistency is Key
The journey to a new career requires persistence. Kate highlights the necessity of daily efforts towards your goal, beyond just a burst of initial enthusiasm.
Leverage LinkedIn for Networking
Kate points to LinkedIn as an invaluable tool for building connections that can lead to job interviews. It's about using the platform strategically to showcase your skills and engage with industry professionals.
Always Come Prepared
Preparation is crucial, especially when opportunities arise unexpectedly. Being ready for impromptu conversations with potential mentors or employers can make all the difference.

Final Thoughts

Kate's story is a testament to the power of determination, preparation, and the right strategy. Her transition not only marks a personal achievement but also serves as a blueprint for nurses and other healthcare professionals looking to make a similar career change.

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Interested in Breaking into Medical Device Sales?

Our program has helped many, like Kate, transition into medical device sales, with our average student breaking into the industry in just 9.8 weeks and starting at a salary of $91k.

Find out more about our course and how it can help you achieve your career goals.

Kate's journey from nursing to becoming a Clinical Specialist is a vivid example of how embracing change, coupled with the right approach, can lead to fulfilling new career opportunities in medical device sales.

Here's to your success in turning career aspirations into reality.

Warm regards,

Jacob McLaughlin

The New to Medical Device Sales PODCAST


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