Regardless of profession, career development is key to your success, and there’s no better time than the new year to invest in the most important thing in your life- YOU. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Learn to network. Find individuals who have the same interests and network with them. You can do this through conferences, workshops and even social networking. It’s a great way to exchange ideas. We also recommend reading journals, blogs, and holding a book club or reading group. There are also webinars you can participate in from the comfort of your home!
2. Join a nursing organization. They can provide you with networking and educational opportunities and leadership development. You can find a comprehensive list of nursing organizations at https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml
3. Find a mentor. The best advice you can get is from those who have walked the same path. Mentors can give you guidance and support on things like leadership, management, and career advancement. A relationship with a mentor is one of the most important relationships you can have in your career. Who should you ask to be a mentor? Find someone within your profession (but not your supervisor) who you respect both personally and professionally. It could be someone who has the same position you ultimately seek or maybe it’s someone who simply excelled within their role.
4. Invest in your education. With each certificate or degree comes new opportunities. If you aren’t able to pursue an advanced degree, there’s so much information you can find online or at the library. Check with your current employer. Oftentimes companies have continue education opportunties for their employees. For example, at Aura Staffing Partners we assist all our employees in obtaining their CEU’s!
The new year is the perfect time to reassess your career and invest in yourself and your future. If you are looking for a new career path, call and speak to one of our healthcare recruiters about our many exciting career opportunities.