After working in a particular role for several years, you may be thinking about advancing your education and skills to develop your career. This is important, especially when the health care industry is always changing and workers need to adapt. As well, in order to move into more senior roles, or other roles with greater responsibility, you may be required to earn more certifications. Even when you land your career, continue to grow and learn as much as you can.
Here are some tips for advance your care in health care:
- Specialize in a Particular Area
Whether you are a nurse, physician, medical assistant, or another type of health care worker, there are a large number of specialties to choose between for career development. Specialization gives you the chance to pursue an area in health care you find the most interesting. Plus, when seeking a new job, your additional knowledge and experience will set you apart from other candidates, whether you are looking for a role as an administrator, medical assistant, or even a manager. Areas of specialization can include, but not limited to:
- Critical care
- Maternal health
- Labour and delivery
- Community health
- Dental hygienist
- Complete More Certificates
To work in some professions and specializations, you may be legally required to hold a certificate or specific qualifications. In other jobs, employer may simply prefer that you are certified. Find out what certifications are available to you, research which ones are important to employers and pursue ones most useful for career development.
- Join a Professional Organization
Membership to a professional health care organization shows potential employers that you are serious about your career development and are looking to improve your skills. It also allows you to receive information about latest industry news, additional training opportunities, and the chance to network. There is no limit to how many professional organizations you can join — just make sure you find ones most relevant to your work.
- Use Social Media
Most likely, you are already using several social media platforms for personal use, but you can gain far more from these websites by using them for your career development. For instance, you can follow industry news on Twitter, connect with health care organizations on Facebook, and network with other professionals on LinkedIn.
- Contact a Health Care Recruiter
Many health care jobs are never advertised to the public and the only way to gain access to these postings is to sign up with a recruiter. You’ll have access to more career opportunities and have the agency’s support.
This last step on the list of career development ideas is easy — you can start right away and see what possibilities are out there. Contact us and submit your resume to get connected with exciting new career opportunities.