Year of Graduation: 2003
Graduate School: University of MN-Carlson School of Management, Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration
Current Job: Healthcare Administrative Fellowship at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
How did you get this position and what seemed appealing to you?
I applied for the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Administrative Fellowship position while I was in my second year of the healthcare administration master's program. It is typical for a MHA graduate that comes straight from undergrad to continue on to a fellowship.
The fellowship is a program where I am paired with a Hospital Executive in a mentoring relationship. I participate in all senior leadership meetings; work on projects in finance, information technology, process improvement, and operations throughout the hospital; and gain exposure to how a hospital is managed.
What's been the biggest transition since graduation?
The biggest transition since graduating from St. Ben's was buying a house, graduating from the MHA program, and starting a full-time job all within two months. It is a great feeling to be in a job that I know is the beginning of a long, successful career and not just a job to pass the time until I find something better.
What suggestions/advice would you give to current students thinking about the health care field?
The healthcare field is filled with wonderful career opportunities. Explore the many sides of healthcare to find the one that best meets your interests!
There is a range of prospects: from clinical (such as a physician, nurse, social worker, or therapist), to the technical (such as a bio-medical engineer, or a computer programmer for healthcare software), to the business (such as a healthcare accountant, lawyer, or administrator). The most rewarding factor of any job in healthcare is that you are either directly or indirectly providing better care to a patient in need.
What internship and job search strategies would be helpful?
I have found that a variety of internships and jobs are helpful to not only find what you are interested in but also to show an employer that you have perspectives from different areas of healthcare.
During my time at St. Ben's and in graduate school at the U of MN, I have worked as a patient registrar in a hospital, an intern at HealthPartners Medical Insurance, and as a volunteer delivering meals to people with HIV/AIDS. I also participated in the "Mentor for a Day" program as a sophomore and had the opportunity to "shadow" an alum working in healthcare administration.
In addition, be outgoing and persistent! You should never be afraid to call alumni or anyone else you may know in the field and ask for information or ideas on where to look for positions.
If you're interested in exploring various majors or career fields, visit the Career Resource Centers. We have a variety of books/on-line resources, handouts and more to help! You can also look through our CANE files to obtain contact information of alums in many careers. This could lead you to do an informational interview or set up a job shadowing experience.
It's never too late to come in!