The health care industry is one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing industry; indeed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related and employment in this field is expected to continue to grow in the future. When students consider enter the health care industry, most think about becoming a physician, dentist, or nurse; however, the reality is that there are many exciting careers in health care in addition to these traditional (but no less exciting) professions. If you are considering a career in health care, then you owe it to yourself to explore all of your options in depth so you can judge which one is right for you. There are many different ways of researching the job that most interests you. A few starting points are listed below.
Leslie Bell, Hamilton's interim health professions advisor, can provide you with valuable insight and guidance as you explore careers in the health care industry. In addition to individual appointments, Leslie offers informational sessions about careers in health care and invites speakers from various fields to the Hill throughout the year. Attending these events can help you learn more about potential careers and answer your questions. They may also provide you with a great networking opportunity to set up an internship or shadowing experience.
A free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. It gives students a reliable and comprehensive source of accurate, up-to-date information about the health professions, which includes information on and links to health-related education/training programs, financial aid resources, specialized learning opportunities, and current issues in health care.
One way to learn more about the career field that interests you is to visit that field's associated profession website. A few of these websites are listed below, and an internet search will list many others.
Hamilton has an extensive alumni network of individuals who currently work in health care. Contact Leslie Bell, the Alumni Relations Office, or the Career Center to identify alumni who would be willing to answer your questions about the health career you are interested in or to set up shadowing/internship opportunities to explore that career first-hand.
You may also wish to seek out Hamilton students currently applying to the career you are interested in. They may be able to offer your advice on preparing for and applying to the health career and/or point you toward illuminating shadowing/internship experiences. If you have trouble finding these students on your own, Leslie Bell would be happy to give you some names.
Perhaps one of the best ways for you to learn about a prospective career is to observe it and its daily responsibilities first-hand, possibly even taking on some of those responsibilities yourself. There are many ways to find these important shadowing and internship opportunities for health professions. You can take advantage of on-campus resources like the Career Center or Hamilton's extensive alumni network to find these types of experiences. You can also search on-line for professionals near Hamilton or near your hometown and reach out by email or phone to see if you can shadow them.