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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast


Episode #121 Public Health Careers: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

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This episode is part two of a free coaching series that will help you prepare for public health career success. Let’s focus our attention on some common public health career mistakes to avoid. As I’ve worked with many clients over the last couple of years, especially this last year, I’ve noticed several patterns. Specifically, I have narrowed the list down to 5 common mistakes that people often make, and I want to help you avoid. At the end, I will also share with you an important bonus tip, that will make a huge positive difference for many of you.

This is absolutely a "must listen to" podcast episode!

This episode is for you if:

  • New public health student

  • About to graduate

  • Graduated but not working in public health

  • Early career professional

  • Senior level professional who feels a little too comfortable (maybe bored) with current role

  • Entrepreneur – secret, new, thriving business owner

5 Common Public Health Career Mistakes to Avoid

  • Staying frustrated with your job situation

  • Blaming your school, job, etc. for your lack of career success

  • Not getting experience in public health; as a student, as well as a professional of any level

  • Not networking effectively

  • Being too afraid to step up and stand out


You cannot please everyone. So, don’t try. If you’re trying, then stop.

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Let’s just recap the 5 mistakes you are going to avoid, by turning them around into positive action statements.

  1. You’re going to choose to let go of the feelings of career frustration so that you can become more open to the opportunities around you.

  2. You’re going to stop blaming your school or job for the lack of career success you’re experiencing.

  3. You are going to get public health experience by being open to opportunities, being creative, and thinking outside the box.

  4. You are going to start networking effectively, learn how to do so if you don’t know how.

  5. You’re going to have the courage to step up and stand out, taking action on some of the great ideas that you have.


You will no longer try to please everyone. You will only focus on the people you are able to help and who find value in what you offer, and not be moved by people who don’t like you, your business, your career choice, or your ideas.


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