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How to get the best out of your stay away shifts

One of the advantages of working as a locum is that you have the flexibility and freedom to work in different locations. If you like to travel and work long distances there are a few things you can plan in advance to make the best of your stay away.

Find stay away shifts

Finding stay away shifts just by doing a search on the internet can be an overwhelming task, moreover most pharmacies prefer to advertise shifts in trust agencies like Clarity Locums. Before you start locuming with us, we will make sure you fulfill all the essential requirements. Clarity receives from its clients throughout Ireland several locum shifts every day. Therefore, the easiest way to find stay away shifts is to register with Clarity, Ireland's number one locum agency.

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Get higher rates and develop your skills

When you move from your region to work in other regions, you can get better hourly rates, in addition to being able to choose the days and hours you want to work. This will allow you to manage your schedule as it suits you and the possibility to earn a lot of money in a short period of time. You can get higher rates especially in rural areas.
Another great advantage of stay away shifts is that you can work in different places and settings, learn new ways of working, learn new skills and further develop your own skills.

Location and travel time

The majority of our locums prefer shifts close to their hometown and travel between 30 to 60 minutes to get to and from work. But if you are a natural explorer and like to visit different places, we would like to let you know that Clarity has more than 200 locum jobs nationwide. This means that you can virtually work on whatever location you want.
Stay away shifts are not for everyone, but many locums, especially the younger ones, find them exciting and rewarding.
Did you know that with Clarity’s App you can plan your journey, get estimated mileage, and travel times before you apply for shifts? Yes, that’s possible with our app!

Accommodation and food

When you book stay way shifts, one of the most important things to do next is to look for where you will be staying. There are websites like Booking or Airbnb that will make this task much easier for you. Do you like to stay in hotels, apartments, guest houses? You have all the possibilities!
When choosing an accommodation do not forget to see the reviews of previous guests! This way you will have a better idea of the positives and negatives of the place where you would like to stay. Also keep in mind to check if you will have access to wi-fi, a place to prepare your food in case you like cooking, if you will have free parking in case you take your own car, if breakfast is included or not, if you have where to wash your clothes, etc.
A stay away from home also has its costs, so it’s important that you estimate the expenses amount before you leave and that you have some extra money for any unforeseen events. A car breakdown, for example, can happen to anyone.

Explore new places

The possibility of visiting and exploring new places is undoubtedly the best part of staying away. Don't know where to go? Ask for recommendations from the pharmacy staff where you’ll be working on. They will know how to advise you on the best places to visit and also which places to avoid. You can also always ask local people for recommendations who will be happy to help you and proud to tell you about their hometown.
Staying away shifts also gives you the opportunity to see less visited places, stay in beautiful rural locations and discover true nature's treasures.

Keep in touch with the people that matter to you

Working as a locum can sometimes get a little lonely especially if you are very attached to your family and friends, but it doesn't have to be that way. Nowadays thanks to technology and mobile phones you can keep in touch with the people most important to you. That way you won't really feel like you're away from home. Try to make new friends in the places where you work, this will also help you feel at home the next time you visit the same city or the next.

If you are looking for locum shifts away, take a look at Clarity Locums App and stay updated on the latest shifts available!

Posted on 07 June 2021
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