Getting your first job in health care is a great step towards developing your career and it’s something to be proud of. The transition from school to work, however, can be challenging. While our internships can give you a good idea of what it will be like to work in the healthcare field, there is nothing quite like your first job. Here are some things that new Allen School graduates may learn during their first year as a healthcare professional:
· Being helpful is more important than getting everything right
You won’t know everything right off the bat, so you’ll have to ask lots of questions and understand that initially you may get some things wrong. The best thing you can do in that situation is learn from your mistakes going forward. Try and learn from every experience so that you can avoid making the same mistake twice.
· It’s great to volunteer on projects
Don’t think that just because you’re a new member of the team that you can’t get involved or volunteer for a specific project. It’s a great opportunity to learn and develop. If they decide that your experience isn’t quite right for a specific project, you will at least be acknowledged as someone who is motivated to get involved.
· It’s worth giving more than people expect
The best way to be trusted with more tasks is to show that you are competent and a hard worker who cares about the company they work for. Going the extra mile will show those who work with you that you are a member of the team and that you’re dedicated. This may mean putting in an extra few hours at the office, but it will show that you are willing to go above and beyond to help your team.
· Attention to detail is very important
If there is one skill that you’ll need in every job that you do, it’s attention to detail. From putting together patient records to writing emails, people will expect you to notice mistakes. It’s always worth double or even triple checking. It’s an easy skill to learn and can save so much time.
· You’ll have to work at relationships
When you are offered a job, it’s not only because of your skills and experience, but also because you are seen as a good fit for the team. You’re certain to have a lot of colleagues that you get on really well with, but there may be others who you will find more challenging to work with. Work is about managing these relationships and working together.
· It’s tough but it’s worth it
It’s a big change from school, but most graduates enjoy their first year of work, despite the challenges that they face. It’s all about finding the position that offers you a chance to develop and allows you to learn a range of skills.
If you or someone you know is interested in a new career in healthcare. Don’t wait for an opportunity, create it with a new career as a Medical Assistant. Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for classes starting soon and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.