Whether you’re just starting out in your healthcare career or a seasoned veteran, you didn’t achieve your goals by accident. It took training, dedication and a desire to succeed on your part – plus the encouragement and support of other people in your lives.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, now is a good time to reflect on the family members, friends, teachers, mentors, job recruiters and managers who believed in your abilities and helped you move ahead with your healthcare career.
Perhaps you became interested in becoming a physician or nurse at an early age. You might have wanted to help a family member with a chronic medical condition or been inspired by the stories a parent, aunt or uncle or older sibling told you about “the helping professions.” Or the spark might have been ignited by a teacher in high school, a laboratory class in biology or chemistry or the hands-on experience provided by a magnet program.
Other professionals found their way into healthcare during their college years, deciding to earn a certificate or degree that opened the door to a challenging but rewarding career. In many cases, a mentor helped shape the direction of a student’s interest, particularly in graduate-level programs or advanced training in a specialty field.
And don’t forget the importance of those career counselors in high school, college and the “real world,” who helped you develop job-related skills like writing a job application letter and resume, preparing for an interview and making a favorable impression on the recruiter.
In the spirit of the season, we invite you to say “thank you” to the people who provided encouragement, education and support for your goals and dreams. Happy Thanksgiving!