It was a rewarding experience interacting with future bright minds, leaders and MBAs from STERN, setting themselves up for successful careers in healthcare. What was great to observe was the desire to explore entry-career options that were non traditional, What this means is, the willingness to look toward paths less taken and careers that are emerging but not necessarily top of the line today but most likely highly coveted tomorrow! I was not surprised by the risk-reward nature of the questions.
To help navigate this, I created a beginners sheet (attached below), with a flavor for what you might want to consider as a basic footprint in decision-making. Consider it a stock-picking formula of sorts;). Start with your core skill-sets including softer skills such as people-management or relationship development, willingness to travel and explore the world. Alternately, perhaps stability is more important to you right now. Marry this with future careers these options might lead you to, such as setting you up to be a CEO of an organization or perhaps prepping you to some day become an entrepreneur. Remember, each of these options are not mutually exclusive nor collectively exhaustive (thank you to my former consulting partners). Now what does that mean? It means you can still get the monetary satisfaction, if that matters to you, and do a less politically powerhouse role while still making tremendous networks and setting yourself for future success. Some of the coveted high profile roles at times do not expose you to external networks as much as certain other roles. While you might develop a great track record within the company, the job might compromise your external connections broad subject matter knowledge for diversifying your career options. I am not by any means knocking over the traditional leadership roles. I am simply exposing you to think through the craft of career-design creatively. At the most, you want to take career steps that diversify your future options rather than narrow it down. The future in healthcare is rapidly evolving and there are more coveted roles to spare and few takers in the near term!
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