Emerging Health Careers and Your Authentic Path


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On June 22-23, 2012, the Center for Health Leadership and the California Pacific Public Health Training Center at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health held their 4th Annual Leadership Conference, "Taking Charge of Your Career."

Enjoy this presentation from Jeff Oxendine, Associate Dean at the Center for Public Health Practice, as he shares how to develop your own authentic path in the health career professions.

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Emerging Health Careers and Your Authentic Path

  1. 1. Developing Your Next Steps: Emerging Health Careers and Your Authentic Path Jeff Oxendine, MPH, MBA Associate Dean, Public Health Practice UC Berkeley School of Public Health President, Health Career Connection President, My Health Career Navigator
  2. 2. Presentation Overview ! Authentic Health Career ! Life-Career Planning Framework ! Emerging Health Careers ! Strategies for Developing your Next Steps ! Action Plan Preparation
  3. 3. Authentic Health Career Path ! Your authentic path is the one that best suits your talents, passions, goals and life circumstances. ! “Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility”. Oprah Winfrey
  4. 4. ! “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”. Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement
  5. 5. Health and Employer Needs and Opportunities Good at/EnjoyPassion, Values, Goals Authentic Alignment Purpose/Mission Meaningful work Making a difference Rewards Satisfaction Wellness ! Being ! Searching ! Surviving
  6. 6. You are exactly where you are supposed to be!
  7. 7. Life and Career Planning Framework ! Exposure to what is possible ! Self assessment and discovery ! Practical experience ! Choose, actively pursue direction and plan ! Educational preparation ! Preparation/Packaging ! Support Network ! Belief and Courage ! Ongoing learning and adjustment
  8. 8. Exposure ! Trends ! Abundance of opportunities ! Specific roles and organizations ! Job titles and qualifications ! How do you gain more exposure?
  9. 9. Major Trends ! Health Reform ! Aging and increasingly diverse population ! Health equity and cultural appropriateness ! Chronic disease prevention and management ! Population health ! Cost reduction ! New service and delivery models ! Quality and performance improvement
  10. 10. Major Trends ! Health Information Technology ! Building healthy communities ! Inter-sectoral and inter-professional ! Health in all policies ! Evidenced based decisions ! Immigration health issues ! Accreditation ! Mental health and substance abuse ! Health workforce and leadership
  11. 11. Major Trends ! Technological Advances ! Personalized health ! Bio and pharma advances ! Emerging infections ! Environmental health and justice ! Research ! Global health issues
  12. 12. Hot & Emerging Health Career Paths ! Primary Care Physician ! Advanced Practice Nurse ! Physician Assistant ! Clinical Lab Scientist ! Pharmacist ! Public Health Professionals ! Social Work ! Medical Imaging ! Health Administration ! Health IT
  13. 13. Hot & Emerging Paths within Public Health ! Advocacy and Policy ! Population Health (non-traditional players) ! Community Benefit ! Connectivity and integration ! Coalition builder and collective action ! Care management and coordination ! Evidenced based research, analysis evaluation
  14. 14. Hot & Emerging Paths within Public Health ! HIT and use of information ! New media and mobile ! Management and leadership roles ! Inter-sectoral connector/program manager ! Citizen research or journalism ! Consulting ! Project and Program management
  15. 15. Skills in Demand ! Project management ! Analytical skills and use of Excel ! Performance improvement ! Facilitation ! Verbal and written communication ! Team leadership and followership ! Budget and financial management
  16. 16. Skills in Demand ! Management and supervision ! Organizational culture, dynamics, change ! Get things done, measurable results ! Interpersonal ! New media ! Policy and Advocacy ! Evaluation ! Language and community
  17. 17. “To build the life you want, create the work you love” Marsha Sinetar
  18. 18. Assessment and Discovery ! Goal: Identify what you want, work you love, requirements, skills and credentials ! Life-Career Planning Assessment ! Other assessment resources (MB, Strong, etc) ! Competencies ! Goal Setting and Action Plan
  19. 19. “As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around." Oprah Winfrey
  20. 20. What Role and Impact Do You Want to Have? ! Population (s) ! Health issue or determinant ! Type of organization ! Role or function ! How close to patient or community ! Impact you want to have? ! Definition of success?
  21. 21. What Do You Want in a Work Environment? ! Boss ! Co-Workers ! Pace ! Decision-making ! Values ! Culture ! Travel ! Community ! Family friendly ! Advancement ! Compensation
  22. 22. Prioritize what you want from your work or next step ! Income ! Professional stimulation, accomplishment ! Knowledge, skills, experience for next step ! Relationships ! Purpose fulfillment or make a difference ! Discovery- who you are, what you want ! Lifestyle ! Security and Stability ! Status
  23. 23. Strategies related to job or role choices ! Exploration or Experimentation ! Stepping Stone or paying dues ! Fit with lifestyle and commitments ! Getting back in ! Income and benefits- ! Stretch ! Can do v. want to do ! Fit with passion ! Dream
  24. 24. Other Considerations 1.  How important is advancement and how quickly? 2.  How hard and much are you willing to work? 3.  How do family considerations fit? 4.  Are you willing to work on things that are not what you love but position you well? 5.  Are you willing to be paid less to get experience or to get to do what you love? 6.  Horizontal approach?
  25. 25. Considerations along your Journey ! Sequencing ! Paying your dues ! Multi-faceted roles ! Settings that enable self direction and combination ! Portfolio approach ! Centrality v. secondary or volunteer roles ! Different emphasis over-time
  26. 26. Lessons Learned ! Focus ! Relationships ! Put yourself in the flow ! Look at all things through the lens of discovering or advancing toward your direction ! Be open and flexible ! Experiment ! Things and change take longer ! Uncomfortable about to grow ! Do a great job, get things done ! Be outside the organization ! Transferable skills ! Supportive partner ! Get things done ! Take action and persevere
  27. 27. Developing Your Next Steps ! Hitch to a star or mentor ! Step up to opportunity ! CEO or Entrepreneur of your own career ! Follow the grants ! Be “on trend” and aligned with your direction ! Affiliations matter ! Be authentic in your choices
  28. 28. Choose and Actively Pursue Direction ! Direction (s) ! Intention ! Focus ! Tacking ! Goals and Action Plan
  29. 29. How do you know? ! Heightened feeling ! Connection ! Flow ! Ease ! Path and opportunities will develop ! Ego in check ! Happiness and satisfaction
  30. 30. Making Choices
  31. 31. Belief and Courage ! M= VXE ! Books, Tapes, CD’s ! Role Models ! Mentors ! Success
  32. 32. Natural Human Habits and Barriers ! Distrust inner wisdom, doubt ! Lack long term direction, plan or purpose and want answers instantly (don’t assume full responsibility for your own future) ! Self Sabotage ! Not sure how to get “unstuck” ! Wait for right circumstances- when, then ! Fear of change/uncertainty
  33. 33. Common Human Fears ! Being wrong ! Embarrassment ! Disappointing others ! Failure ! Risk and Uncertainty ! Loss ! Letting go ! Our own power
  34. 34. Lifelong Adjustment, Change ! Ongoing reflection and conscious choice ! Flexibility and perseverance ! Risk taking ! Reinvent and retool ! Network
  35. 35. Next Steps ! Work on the elements of the framework and obstacles that are most relevant to you ! Develop strategies and action plan for priority issues and goals ! Support you need and who can provide it ! Join My Health Career Navigator- http:// myhealthcareer.ning.com/
  36. 36. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours” Henry David Thoreau, Walden
  37. 37. Action Planning ! Life-Career Planning Element: e.g. exposure or specific career direction ! Current Strengths and Assets: ! Areas to Strengthen: ! Strategies I will use: ! Opportunities:
  38. 38. Action Plan ! What 3 actions will I take to move forward in this area over the next 6 months? ! What is the time frame for each action to be completed? ! Who will hold me accountable? ! Who will support me?