9 Health Care Career Mistakes to Avoid
Laura Wisniewski | Nursing Voice
Mistake #4: Remaining in comfort zone
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
The problem with comfort zones is if left unchallenged they shrink over time. If something feels a little scary that is probably the best place to start. Think back over your life and career to times you stretched your self and succeeded. Growth can occur with small incremental steps. With each risk you take your comfort zone expands and so does your self confidence.
Mistake #5: Neglecting professional development
“Work harder on your self than you do on your job.” – Jim Rohn
We are now living in the knowledge age. The combination of experience, skills and education equals intellectual capital. Your intellectual capital is your most marketable asset. Keep your career portable. Document all that you have accomplished in a portfolio. Regularly update your resume and practice interviewing skills. Invest in your professional development by attending seminars, reading journals and books, networking at professional organizations and researching information on the Internet.
Mistake #6: Communicating ineffectively
“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” – Tony Robbins
Communication skills are as vital as clinical skills. Are you able to effectively communicate with your team? How are your presentation skills? Can you capture and maintain the attention of decision makers? In order to accelerate your communication skills join Toastmasters International. Meetings are held at various times and locations in most communities. For more information please visit www.toastmasters.org.