In this episode, I share my journey and transition from healthcare to public health and the lessons that I learned along the way. My background is in medical laboratory technology, specifically microbiology. People often ask me about how I transitioned into the field of public health, and how I became and epidemiologist. In sharing my story, I also prepare you for what will follow in the next few episodes. This and the next few episodes are part of a series of trainings that many students and recent graduates will hopefully find very helpful. I encourage you to listen to this episode in full, and tune in for the full series.
In this episode:
All online graduate students are encouraged to listen to episode #5.
Lessons learned from my journey and transition into public health:
Do not underestimate your public health experience, simply because you don't have a typical public health career title.
Recognize the public health skills that you have learned in your present job or in past roles, and document those skills on your resume or CV.
Find creative ways within your organization to gain additional experience, and be genuine in doing so.
Volunteer and freelance opportunities can help you gain relevant experience.
Make sure you are branding yourself accurately, sending the message that you want to send to potential employers and not a message that is confusing.
The lessons learned from this episode will be incorporated into a training-style guide that will be available in the next episode of this series.