PHS035 Quick Career Tips Don’t take yourself out of the game - Strategies to gain public health work experience (Part 1), with Sujani Siva

Quick career tips: Don’t take yourself out of the game – Strategies to gain public health work experience (Part 1)

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Show Notes

This three part career tips series is inspired by a blog post written and published in 2019 by Sujani titled: 3 strategies to build up your public health work experience, tested and proven by me.

Today’s career tip spotlight is the first of these three strategies: DO NOT take yourself out of the game!

Prior to starting PH SPOT, a common question that Sujani would receive from students and new grads she was mentoring was related to gaining work experience early in their careers. This question has remained one of the most popular questions even amongst the PH SPOT community.

In this episode, Sujani talks through the first strategy she used in order to gain public health experience. These experiences became the foundation of her public health career.

You’ll learn:

  • At times, we can become our own limiting factor by restricting the jobs we apply to.
  • There are many filters, literal ones on the job search websites, and the ones we have in our minds, that we apply when searching for a job.
  • Choose filters that are deal breakers to you; be intentional when choosing these (i.e. location, salary).
  • Don’t let filters stop you from even throwing your name into the hat.

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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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