Wednesday, September 18, 2013

5 Professional Development Resources for Health Professions Students & Alumni

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a 4 part series where we discuss professional development opportunities for each college at WGU. Stay tuned as we discuss resources for IT and Teachers College in future posts. See part 1 for Business College resources

As we noted in Part 1 of our 4-part Professional Development blog series, it’s important to keep yourself informed, educated, and up-to-date in your professional realm. Professional development is the on-going practice of attaining knowledge, skills, and practical experience to advance one’s career. 

Here are 5 resources for professional development for health professions college students and alumni. 
  • ExploreHEALTHCareers.org ExploreHEALTHCareers.org is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to individuals seeking information about health careers. Whether you are new to healthcare or are researching the next step on your career path, ExploreHealthCareers.org gives users a reliable and comprehensive source of accurate, up-to-date information about the health professions. Links to professional associations, funding opportunities, and enrichment programs for each field are also provided.  
  • HEALTHeCAREERS Network - HeCN is your destination for healthcare careers and professional development opportunities with news, information, events, career resources and employment opportunities – all specific to your career path. Healthcare job categories include: Administrative/Executive, Academic/Research, Healthcare Information Technology, and Nursing. 
  • Professional Associations - Almost every occupation has a related nationwide professional association. These associations usually have a nominal membership fee which allows access to resources such as ongoing education, journal subscriptions, networking, job listings, and annual conferences/seminars. Find the professional association related to your occupation here or search the web for your desired professional association
  • SmartBrief - SmartBrief delivers free, targeted business news and information by industry directly to your inbox. You can subscribe to as many "briefs" as you'd like. Each email brief contains headlines and news relevant to the topic of your choice. SmartBrief publishes more than 40e-newsletters in health care including nursing news and information, health care IT news, and news for health care CIOs. 
  • Social Media - Effectively using social media can be a great, no-cost way to develop professionally. Join relevant health professions groups on LinkedIn and get involved in discussions. Follow thought leaders, health care industry experts, and news organizations on Twitter. Subscribe to health care blogs or start you own blog! 
WGU students and alumni can find more ideas for professional development on our website. Please add more ideas or resources for professional development in the comments below!

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