As our HIMSS Annual Conference agenda starts to build out, the HIMSS Career Services Center will be once again in full swing to support our membership. It will be an opportunity for members to listen to those senior in their career paths on various topics pertaining to career growth and development. The overall theme of the Career Services efforts this year will be to provide insights into various processes in a career and to identify opportunities for career growth and development. The presentations will focus on skills needed in the health IT field today as well as insights into the skills employers are looking for when seeking to employ. The Career Services Center hours of operation will be Monday March 4, 2013 to Wednesday March 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
All health IT professionals visiting HIMSS13 are welcome to attend. Topics will be of interest to all levels of career growth. The presentations will be geared to those entering the health IT fields, those wishing to advance and those wishing to better define the skills required in the health IT field today.
A new venue in our Career Services offerings will be the HIMSS Career Services Institute. This one day event will focus on developing your personal “brand”. A person’s brand is as unique as a person’s signature. A person’s brand is also something that must be consciously established and evolved. This venue will focus on supporting the variables that go into a health IT career – those soft and transferable skills often identified as career deterrents or supporting skills. This venue will also be a forum to connect career support services and will support employers and those seeking employment.
This one day Career Services Institute event will be fun, fast-paced and interactive. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM. The presentations will be led by Peggy M. Parks, AICI, CIP, CPBS, and President of The Parks Image Group, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia.
The Career Institute event will cover such topics as: appropriate attire and professional grooming and how the two can dramatically support or deter your career path; how best to behave in the workplace and how important that behavior is in a career path; personal emotions and how they can affect your professional career growth. These are just some examples that will be covered by this one day event. Some take-aways include: each person is responsible for their own personal brand; small things really can matter in a career path; and you never get a second chance to make a great first impression.
So stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and remember...Be passionate about your career path and strive to make a difference and learn, learn...learn. Technology is only the enabler; individuals will be the “transformers” of health IT in the years to come!
Helen Figge is Senior Director of Career Services at HIMSS.