You are the central, consistent component in your career. Any other aspect of your career will change over time, but you are the constant. Take time to assess who you are, both professionally and personally. Identify your values, your vision for your life; what energizes you, what drains you; what are your strengths; what are your challenge areas.
Many professionals from underrepresented groups have found it essential to be grounded in knowing who they are within themselves. Otherwise, external sources may attempt to impose their perceptions of the diverse individual’s social identity on to that person. Once you begin to know yourself, you are positioned to begin to chart your career journey. Lorie V. Thibodeaux expresses how to foster appreciation for your “authentic self.”
- Hone career planning skills. Making decisions about who you are and how to strategize about your career can seem overwhelming. Heriberto “Eddie” Cruz gives early careerists tips about strategizing and utilizing resources to plan your career.
- Find your passion & purpose. Discovering a career in which you have a genuine passion and one that aligns with your current life’s purpose will give you a solid foundation for moving forward on your career journey. Learn quick tips from Anton J. Gunn and Glenn Llopis on ways to identify passion & purpose in your career.
- Explore healthcare management career options. As an early careerist, you have a broad range of healthcare management options from which to choose. Seek out career options that align closely with your personal and/or professional passions. Laurie Shanderson, FACHE shares on how she found the true calling for her career, one that allows her to use her gifts and passion. Her story will inspire you to learn how to leverage your passion early in your career to make a positive impact in your field.
- Maximize use of general career development resources. Seek out and then fully use the many resources offered by healthcare professional associations, your employer, and other sources. For example, numerous scholarships and other opportunities are not used because of lack of applicants. Maximize use of general career development resources. Whitney Evans shares the impact of being an active member of professional organizations has had on both her professional and personal development.