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How to Survive Your First Year Working in Healthcare Technology

Mar 18, 2020 10:31:29 AM / by General Healthcare Resources

A successful year one in healthcare technology takes preparation and dedication. Getting off on the right foot can be the first step of a rewarding career. Your skills are in demand in this growing field. As you build your skills, there are steps you can take to ensure a positive experience. Observe everything you can--there’s a lot to learn that may not have been covered in training. Develop your problem-solving skills and get to know your new co-workers. If possible, seek out a mentor who can share their wealth of knowledge with you, celebrate your achievements and help you develop your career path.

Learn on the Job

There is no substitute for real-world experience. School doesn’t always teach you everything you need to know. In your first year, it is critical that you observe, ask questions and learn the real-life applications for what you learned in school. The time you put into building your knowledge base will pay off for you as you move further along in your career.

Hone Your Problem-Solving Skills

As a new technologist, you might be eager to dive in and get right to work. After all, you want to impress your boss and co-workers. Not necessarily. Quantity over quality is not always the best option for making a good impression in healthcare technology. Try to keep your focus on identifying and understanding problems first. The ability to break down large and often complex issues is often more valuable to an employer than specific technical skills. Remember that understanding and finding a solution to a problem is the top priority.

Put People First

As you begin your career in healthcare technology, it is only natural for your focus to be on technology. You will discover, however, that building positive working relationships with your colleagues is essential for a successful career. Get to know your teammates and work to build trust with them. Reach out to people in other departments or jobs so you build a well-rounded professional network.

Find a Mentor

Finding a mentor in your first year on the job is an excellent idea. A mentor can steer you in the right direction at your new post. They can offer excellent advice and help keep you focused on your career. When making crucial decisions, your mentor can provide a second, more experienced opinion. Finally, a mentor can be someone you can talk to outside of the office.

Keep a Record of Your Small Wins

In any job, you’ll have good days and bad days. Keeping a record of your successes to refer to for encouragement and when it’s time to meet with your manager. You might be astonished to see how much you have learned and how far you have come in your new career.

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare Technology