Today I want to focus on something that I believe a lot of scientists should consider getting – getting a professional opinion. We are all familiar with the idea of being trained by an expert in our field of interest, after all that is what we did with our doctoral degrees, but we don’t seem to take the same serious approach with learning new skills.
I have a Type A personality (with a capital A), and so, when I face a big decision, I like to consider all aspects, both good and bad, prior to making it. When it comes to my career, part of that process has included talking to others with expertise or experience in the areas I am considering. However, I have found that when it comes to my career decisions, I have often allowed others to influence my decisions to a greater degree than I should have.
Another blind date. It started with a call from a recruiter. One of my former employers gave me name to colleague who was looking for a department head with women’s health experience. And like match.com (at least, how I imagine Match.com to be), we started the engagement with questionnaires, phone conversations and even a video chat.
Ever since I moved away from the bench, I have been reading new books to provide me with tips and tools for my new “Administrator” role. I have also met with a professionalism coach. Occasionally, the tips I have heard or seen don’t appear to be pertinent to me. However, after taking special attention of my speech, I realized they were very important. I want to share two of these tips with you now as they could enhance how your colleagues view your competence and could help you get promotions in the future.
For many, starting a conversation with someone new at a networking event causes much anxiety. People worry about what to say, how the person will respond, and/or what to do if the person is not interested in talking. Below are a few suggestions to remove the anxiety and enable seamless conversations. Utilize Name Tags
Even though jobs, relationships, and cities make you unhappy or uncomfortable, you stay in them because of loss aversion. Loss aversion keeps you where you are, because the fear of losing what you have is greater than the reward associated with pursuing what you want. Don’t worry– we all do it.
Your career success is dominated by connectivity, the flexibility and bilateral interaction with people you can reach, and who can reach you. That, in turn, means the number, speed and intensity with which you can communicate. That is power. This is where your use of LinkedIn as a means of connecting is critical. What are the 5 key items for creating your profile?
Physician career transitioning is a growth industry. Generational work-life attitudes, practice hassles, government regulations and just the meteoric pace of healthcare change are forcing practitioners to reassess their commitment to clinical medicine. A lot of them are plotting a plan B. As a result, numerous conferences, seminars, websites, chat rooms and consultants have emerged to capitalize on the opportunity.