You’re hoping to advance your healthcare career in 2021. So, where should you begin? Here are some new ways to invest in your medical career in the new year.
Tops Ways to Invest in Your Medical Career
Seek Out Additional Training
Maybe you’re interested in becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN)? If so, you’ll want to investigate options at local trade schools or colleges. Most programs range from one to four years. However, if you’re not ready to commit for this long, don’t worry. There are lots of other possibilities. You could complete a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Home Health Aide (HHA) certification in anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Plus, many staffing agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals offer CNA and/or HHA training for free. Or, you could specialize in a given field. For example, respiratory therapists and diagnostic medical sonographers are in high demand. And all these careers only require an associate degree for entry-level positions.
Sign Up for On-the-Job Experiences
On-the-job experience is one of the best strategies to build your career. Working in various position not only makes you more knowledgeable but also more versatile. To discover job opportunities and/or internships in your area, talk to your teachers or visit your school’s career center. Healthcare staffing agencies can match you with local openings too. In addition, many organizations like the Red Cross recruit volunteers. Even though these positions aren’t paid, they look great on your resume.
Expand Your Network
Connecting with more people gives you access to more opportunities. After all, you never know who might know of a fantastic job opening. Have lunch with your classmates, coworkers or fellow volunteers to build relationships. Connect with people from other medical facilities on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. And don’t forget to help others when YOU have the chance, because networking is supposed to be a two-way street.
Partner with a Mentor
A trusted mentor can offer advice, point out opportunities for growth, and help guide your career. If you’re not sure where to turn, begin with your current supervisor or one of your instructors. Even if these individuals aren’t willing to take on a mentorship role, they’ll probably be able to connect you with the right person. Once you’ve established a relationship, you’ll need to take some simple steps to make the mentorship successful. These include clarifying your expectations, scheduling regular meetings, and, of course, respecting your mentor’s time.
Have a Plan
Now that you have some ideas, decide exactly what you want to do. Tackling everything mentioned above will leave you scattered and exhausted by the middle of January. Instead, set a few specific goals for each month and track your progress so you stay focused.
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