You are almost to the finish line of your college education. You have worked hard, sacrificed and may have incurred significant debt. You are ready to launch your career and get a job. Your family and everyone you speak to is asking what you are going to do and if you have a plan and job yet. If you are planning to attend graduate school, there are many advantages to working before you begin graduate or professional school (see out past blog post on…Continue
Added by Helen Harrison on April 9, 2017 at 8:23pm — No Comments
This is your last semester of your undergraduate career. You are about to end one exciting chapter of your life, and begin another. Before you embark on your post-undergrad journey, here is a list of 5 things to take advantage of before you lose your student status that will give you a significant edge when applying for your first job, and for applying to graduate or professional programs in the future.
1) Gather a List of References…Continue
Added by Helen Harrison on April 8, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
You may have been hearing a lot about the need for more healthcare workers in the field primary care, a branch of medicine that provides generalized medical care to patients and plays a huge role in preventative care.
The American Academy of Family Physicians defines primary care as a patients’ “first point of entry into the healthcare system and as the continuing focal point for all needed healthcare services.” Family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology…Continue
Added by Helen Harrison on March 7, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
The need for mental health care services in the United States is increasing, and so is the diversity of settings that need behavioral health providers. Hospitals, K-12 schools, universities, primary care offices, substance use recovery programs, veteran and disabled communities, nursing facilities and more all have a need for behavioral health providers who can meet the needs of the populations that they serve.
Poor mental health and substance abuse can make it more difficult for…Continue
Added by Helen Harrison on March 1, 2017 at 1:57pm — No Comments
Whether you’ve had your heart set on a career in therapy or you’re currently exploring your career options in health care, becoming a physical therapist or occupational therapist requires years of education and training. While the two careers appear similar in nature, they have many differences when it comes to education, licensing and job duties. Discover the paths to success for careers in both physical therapy and occupational therapy with the following…Continue
Added by Lisa Orlando on March 1, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments
Last week I had the privilege of leading life-career workshops for almost 300 Health Career Connection (HCC) Interns in Oakland, Boston and Washington DC. One of the most popular discussion topics was the question “How important is it to have paid work experience prior to applying for graduate school?” I was struck by the large number of students who felt the need to go to graduate school without gaining sufficient post-undergraduate experience. More surprising was that over 50% were…Continue
I hope you are all having enjoyable and productive summers. Summer is my favorite season and as usual it seems to be going by much too fast. To ensure that you are making the most out of your summer I encourage you to do a mid-summer status check. The purpose is to reflect on:
what you have experienced and learned so far;
your progress relative to your…
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on July 11, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
Choosing the next step in your career can be stressful, but it’s also an opportunity for growth and exponential possibilities if you approach the search in the right way.
When I began my job search after college, I had no idea what I wanted to do or how to be competitive in the job market. In fact, I became so overwhelmed by the process that I decided I didn’t want a “real” job and sold all of my things…Continue
Added by Kristin Messerli on March 2, 2016 at 9:08am — No Comments
“This is they year I’m going to switch career fields.”
“This is the year I’ll finish my degree."
“This is the year I apply to grad school.”
“This is the year.”…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on February 25, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments
60% of this year’s top 100 careers in US News and World Report’s annual ranking are in the health field. In fact, 15 of the top 20 Best Jobs of 2016 are health jobs.
My Health Career Navigator is based on a 9-step health career planning framework developed and used by Jeff Oxendine over the past 25 years to help thousands of students and other health career candidates choose and successfully…Continue
Added by Christina Knueven on February 22, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
There has been lots of buzz about the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how it contributes to a person’s success in the workplace. As a consultant in the field of Leadership Development—I work with organizations to enhance their leadership skills—teaching Emotional Intelligence and its skills is a key part of what I do.
Emotional Intelligence was once considered fluff, or a soft skill, but it is now a core of…Continue
Added by Lydia Tuden Oxendine on February 10, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
With the last of summer internship deadlines quickly approaching, you are most likely putting the finishing touches on your applications. As you do so, take a look at this list of tips for some last minute ways to make your application more competitive.
1) The statement of purpose. Most applications require an…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on February 3, 2016 at 5:19pm — No Comments
In light of the upcoming AAMC Medical School Virtual Fair (on February 4th), we wanted to take a moment and highlight some helpful tips and important updates in virtual networking.
Don’t let the ease of attendance lead you to believe that an online fair is something passive; it’s…Continue
What if you knew exactly the types of skills and experiences you need to develop now to get hired later? What if you knew the exact jobs that will be most in demand in the near future and beyond?
As you navigate through your health career, you will find that keeping up with the trends of the industry and the workforce will not only expose you to job options you…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on January 19, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
You survived finals week. The holidays are here and the New Year awaits you. The furthest thing from your mind right now is work, and particularly school work. You just want a moment of relaxation after those long hours of writing papers and taking exams, and you deserve it. You have earned some time to…Continue
Added by Sonthonax Vernard on December 17, 2015 at 5:48pm — No Comments
All of us have the talent and the power within us to achieve our Authentic Health Career. Along the way, we must overcome challenges including defeating our own demons. In his book The Motivation Manifesto, bestselling Author Brendon Burchard describes 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power (I highly recommend the book). One of the 9 Declarations is: “We Shall Defeat our Demons.”
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on November 8, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
In finding your authentic health career, it is important that you expose yourself to as many facets of the health field as you possibly can. One way to do this is to find and follow health care trends and topics. A current trend in health care that you should know about involves innovations in community health centers. In this first of a two-part blog on the topic, I will explain what community health centers are, some of the current challenges and issues…Continue
Added by Roza Do on May 19, 2015 at 4:27pm — No Comments
A few weeks ago I spoke with a recently graduated student who was discouraged and confused in his health career path. This student said that he wanted to work internationally—possibly through business, or maybe policy. But when I asked him why, he couldn’t give me a single good reason. We backtracked for a while and he finally told me his story. He had always been interested in public health and as he moved through undergrad, he became increasingly…Continue
Added by Alivia Shorter on May 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
In our first post about National Public Health Week on Monday, we promised a follow up full of public health resources to provide you with actual steps you can take today to be a part of the national public health conversation.…Continue
Added by Alivia Shorter on April 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments