Career Tricks to Keep Going

By Helen Figge
08:00 AM

We often find ourselves wondering what else we need to do to manage a successful career. Besides a degree, certification or experience what are the “other” pieces? People with career potential can unknowingly side track a career path. The good news is that HIMSS has many resources for career support and advancement; one in particular that has received a favorable response is our eMentoring programs. Check out some career advice courtesy of our HIMSS eMentors.

Here are just a few practical career pearls we continue to hear from our HIMSS mentors. One of the most powerful and practical pieces of advice is to be a good listener – or “the power of silence”. Talking just to talk or to add to conversation is a potential career “side-swiper”.  Being able to listen turns into a powerful sense of authority.

Next comes asking for help. Never be afraid to tell someone that you don’t know an answer but that you are happy to “look it up”.  Asking for help or deferring a response is not a sign of weakness but rather a team spirited sign of career confidence.

Third, take time out to listen to your surroundings everyday – even for 5 minutes. Just stop and regroup in your mind – where you are and what you need to do. It creates a sense of balance and helps take the emotion out of decision-making process. Take responsibility for your decisions, actions and mistakes.  To acknowledge your own errors is reflective of your inner strength and confidence.

Next comes your level of knowledge; if you know something then state it; if you don’t know something say so.  No one knows everything needed in the workplace and a confident leader will reach to their environment for further support and direction when warranted.

Finally, believe in yourself and what you want to accomplish in your career and for that matter your life.  What is important to you? Where do you see yourself – now and in the future?  What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to be known for?  Believe in yourself in all that you do and take responsibility for your actions, decisions as this upholds your reputation which is always the cornerstone of a successful career path. All of these ideas for career track success come from within and coupled with the right degrees, certification and work experiences can make for a very successful long term career path - just ask our HIMSS eMentors!

And 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.