In his article “Networking: Is Socializing Just As Important As Studying?” written for Young Money Events, Zach Kaufmann proposes that socializing may be as important as studying. After all, seven out of every 10 jobs can follow from networking, which could add weight to the idea that gaining professional contacts is as important as gaining knowledge and information. Discover how the following five tips can help students network effectively while they’re enrolled in coursework for an Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) degree.
Research Local Healthcare Markets
Some students may believe they’ll learn everything they need to know while studying for their EMHA degree. However, relying only on the information tied to their coursework could leave them unprepared for practical networking opportunities.
The MHA Guide, an online resource, suggests that students research the healthcare market they’re hoping to enter. They should learn about their local hospitals and healthcare facilities, what health services these facilities offer, their plans for future growth, and employment opportunities. This process will help students learn about the decision makers working for their local healthcare organizations.
Additionally, the MHA Guide also encourages students to contact these professionals and arrange informational meetings with them. If they’re successful, early research can give students something to talk about with confidence.
Volunteer for Unpaid Work
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Once students start studying for an EMHA degree, some might think they shouldn’t take on unpaid work based on their qualifications for paid positions. However, the MHA Guide cautions candidates against this attitude.
Volunteer work provides opportunities to make valuable connections and enables students to prove themselves to people who could hire them. A Corporation for National and Community Service report cited by Forbes contributor Nancy Collamer states that volunteers have a 27 percent better chance of finding work than job candidates who haven’t completed unpaid work.
Attend Networking Events
Networking events can help people connect with other professionals in their industry, so they’re ideal opportunities for EMHA-degree students. The Boston Career Institute suggests seeking healthcare and medical industry networking events near students’ homes or colleges. Missing one could mean missing out on a valuable connection.
Polish LinkedIn Profiles
Today, networking doesn’t occur face to face only. Social networking platform LinkedIn is a key networking tool for professionals across a range of industries, including healthcare.
According to information provided by the Boston Career Institute, EMHA students and healthcare professionals should treat LinkedIn like a digital résumé. Professionals should update their profiles regularly with recent educational achievements and work experiences. They can get the most from LinkedIn by connecting with other users and joining relevant groups, as digital connections might lead to future opportunities.
Send a Thank-You Note After Making Contact
Healthcare professionals shouldn’t forget to follow up after networking with other industry professionals. The University of Southern California’s Office of Career Services recommends sending a thank-you note or email 24 hours after meeting with a contact. This note will reinforce the positive impression students and professionals have hopefully made already.
Combining diligent study with effective networking will give EMHA students greater opportunities to make the most of their degree after graduation.
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