of the most valuable services the local chapters could provide would be to have
a program for students to be able to connect with a mentor. It could be very helpful if it were
structured to be a list of individuals who have agreed to be part of a “mentor
database” with bio information about the area they work in currently and their
past healthcare career experiences.
If it were structured in this format it would allow students to identify
which mentors they are interested in connecting with. It would also allow students to reach out to these
individuals for a more brief interaction to learn more about the mentor’s area
within healthcare and the type of work they do to determine if it is an area of
interest that the student should consider pursuing.
should also ensure that events have at least one component or speaker that
would be relevant to students so they would be interested to attend. My local chapter’s upcoming career
positioning and professional development event is a good example of a topic
that would be beneficial to students as well as professionals looking to
advance within healthcare. One of
the challenges, at least for my local chapter, is that students do not
consistently attend the local chapter events due to the need to travel long
distances to the event location.
My local chapter attempts to hold events in various locations within
Michigan, which makes it difficult for students to attend when they need to
coordinate traveling long distances to the event with their schedules. It would be great if the local chapter
could do a small event once a year either on campus or in the same city as the
campus so students could attend.
This type of modified event directed toward students could be done in
conjunction with the visit the Regent is supposed to make to the university
each year. It would be very
helpful to many students to have an opportunity to hear a variety of speakers
describe their career path and provide advice and suggestions to students about
entering into and advancing within healthcare administration careers.
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