People naturally have a sense of entitlement that comes with seniority and longevity working for a company, especially when it comes to jobs in healthcare. However, this will no longer guarantee job security at a company since there is an increasing demand for professionals who are able to add fresh value to their organisations. Even if you have a lifetime of experience or you are just starting your healthcare career, it is vital to build and maintain your reputation as a current and relevant asset to your company. So how can you keep your career on course?
First, you have to keep an open mind. Find a way to update yourself with current events and news about the industry. Whether it’s about procedures, leadership or ways to interact with patients, there is always something new to learn. Claiming that you have heard or tried it all and have nothing more to learn is the fastest way to reduce your relevance.
Second, be open to feedback. Ask a few colleagues you respect to give you their honest appraisal on your work performance. Listen to what they have to say, both positive and constructive, and put their feedback into practice. In addition to skill, knowledge and experience, create room for creativity and flexibility.
Finally, focus on current and future trends. It is important to stay current on healthcare initiatives and on what's becoming more important. For example, patient experience is becoming more important as healthcare consumers have more choice today than ever. Try to create a positive patient experience, and keep updated on the vision of your organisation. Rather than doing things the same way as everyone, let it be known that you are open to constructive change and you always have a way of contributing to the overall success of your organisation.