I am currently exploring the possibility of pursuing an MHA. My intent would be to better position for practice management and related jobs. After receipt of an MHA, does the healthcare job market consider one immediately job-ready, or must one still do some time in lower positions in the field, move through the ranks, etc.?
I personally believe that Healthcare Administration is a great and constantly growing career field.
As a Student you do have access to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The ACHE has local chapters which offer free and very low cost networking events on a ongoing basis. This allows you to learn the industry locally while you are still a student.
An example that I personally watched happen was a local kid who worked as a housekeeper at our hospital while he went to college. He networked internally while he finished his degrees and we hired him as a Recruiter after he finished his degree and he has been moving up in the organization ever since.
Networking is the key to showing people in the industry that you have skills/experience that you could bring to a organization.
This is tricky but very possible. Rex’s response is a good one. To expand you network, I’d suggest you start connecting to AHA (American Hospital Association). See if they have program offering ms or discounted enrollment opportunities.
Also, many executives and administrators engage with Becker’s Healthcare (online info too!) to keep apprised of what’s changing. Getting the Becker’s weekly reports can help you know who’s who and what’s changing. As well, you could palossinly reach out to some individuals who are the subjects of articles and conduct informational interviews with them about their career path.
From there, you can further network and connect with various individuals. One person could connect you to 10 more!!
In many ways, it is about who you know - thus I agree and endorse Rex Conger's comments! Don't overlook the power of the "informational interview." Also, get the book, What Color is Your Parachute, by Boles. Great advice on everything career-related.
I have worked in healthcare for decades and hold a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration. Looking back, I would have done better in larger healthcare organizations - as they present more diverse opportunities. BUT, the overall experience in hospitals was wonderful. Good choice!
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