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 objectives;
intentions and actions for the remainder of the summer.
Your status check provides an opportunity to appreciate your progress and accomplishments and make necessary adjustments. It can also help you begin position yourself for your post-summer plans. It should also help you be sure to enjoy and take advantage of the unique things that this summer has to offer.
Your status check should focus on the topics that are most practical and meaningful for you. The following questions can be a helpful starting point. Most important is that you reflect on where you are, make necessary adjustments and have a plan for moving forward.
What are my objectives (personal and professional) for this summer and what progress have I made so far?
Which experiences and people I have enjoyed or learned from the most?
What have been some of my most valuable personal and professional learnings?
Which knowledge, skills and experiences would I like to focus on for the remainder of the time?
How have I strengthened by networking skills and network this summer? Which relationships do I want to develop in the remainder of the time?
What are my post summer plans? What can I do for the remainder of the summer to best position me for successful next steps?
Am I having enough fun and meaningful personal experiences? How can make the most out of the remainder of the time?
As part of your status check it may be helpful to get feedback from your supervisor, co-workers and peers. Their feedback may help you decide what to focus on and adjustments to be made. They may also help you prioritize your action plans and make them happen. If you don’t already have a formal mid-point check-in time you can take the initiative to ask for feedback.
Now is also a good time to reach out to others who can be helpful in your post-summer plans. If part of your post-summer plans include exploring the potential for a job or extended internship where you are working this summer or searching for a new job, now would be a good time to begin letting key people know you are interested and setting the process in motion. For those entering your last year in school start looking out for fellowships that have late summer deadlines and begin updating your resume and preparing for interviews with consulting firms and others that recruit in the fall. See our previous My HCN blogs and webinars for assistance.
If you are considering applying to graduate school this fall now is also a good time to develop your strategy and reflect on if it is the right time. If so you can begin reaching out to references, working on your statement of purpose and preparing for and taking your required tests. You can consult the many previous blogs and webinars on My HCN to assist you.
Writing this blog was a result of my own mid-summer check in. I realized I was not spending enough time on my objective of providing more content on My HCN and helping more people advance toward their authentic health careers. Look for more content in the coming weeks. Please send me suggestions for blog content, webinars and other resources that would assist you. I would also like to hear about your summer experiences and how they are progressing so far. In the meantime I am working on the personal enjoyment part of my summer by spending some family time in Paris.