There’s a lot to learn before you can excel as the health care employee. Sure, you’ll read the textbooks and pass the tests to earn your credentials, but is that really enough to give you confidence when it’s time to step up in the thick of the job?
What you will need along your career path is real-life advice and real-time observation that only a seasoned mentor can offer. As a member of the wide-ranging health care field, you’re in luck–the industry is already filled with successful professionals who know the ins and outs of the job because they’ve lived them. No matter what career level you have established, it will enrich your professional life to seek out a relationship with a trusted someone who has “been there, done that,” and lived to tell the tale.
Textbooks can’t tell you what can go wrong on a 2 a.m. call and they can’t share stories about dealing with difficult patients. Stellar test scores don’t mean you know what career path is best for you personally. Lean on trusted professionals whose careers have taken the shape you want for yourself.
Soak in all the knowledge you can apply it to your job, and excel. Then, years down the line, you can pay it forward and share your very own life lessons and experiences to inspire a young new colleague to succeed!