General Career Exploration Resources
Are you transitioning into a healthcare administration or management career or looking for ways to advance in your current field? Check out these resources and tools to prepare for your next career move.
- Take the short How Can We Help You? career quiz. You will receive a list of career resources from Walden’s Career Planning and Development website based on your career goals.
- Review the Career Exploration page. Here you will find…
- Self-Knowledge tools to identify your interests, skills, and strengths.
- Specialized resources for corporate, government, nonprofit, and international career opportunities.
- Research career paths in healthcare administration and management using O*Net or MyPlan
- Visit the WaldenU.edu website to learn about career options recommended for your degree program.
- Create a Career Plan to organize your career exploration activities.
Healthcare Administration Leadership Skills Assessment
As you progress through your Walden program, you are gaining many academic skills to prepare for careers in healthcare administration and management.
The Healthcare Administration Leadership Skills Assessment can help you self-rate your skills, compare your skills to other respondents, and track your skills development. You can take the self-assessment multiple times as you advance through your academic program.
This self-assessment was developed by the Walden University MHA leadership team according to the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) - Health Leadership Competency Model 3.0 (www.nchl.org). If you have any questions about the assessment design or results, please reach out to [email protected]
Are you looking to incorporate your healthcare leadership skills into resumes and cover letters for current or future career opportunities? Use the Communicating Skills and Competencies Worksheet to translate your skills into strong accomplishment statements that can help strengthen your materials.
Resumes and Cover Letters
Create a cover letter and resume to capture your skills and competencies, work experience, education, and qualifications.
- Visit the Resumes & More tab to gain resume and cover letter writing tips, review outlines, watch career skills videos, and preview 60+ custom resume and cover letter samples.
- Use the Communicating Skills and Competencies Worksheet to convert your skills and competencies into strong accomplishment statements to add to resumes and cover letters.
- Build a resume or cover letter using SkillsFirst.
Tip: SkillsFirst includes custom samples for Healthcare Administration and related fields! Refer to the SkillsFirst Resume and Letter Guide for instructions on how to build resumes and cover letters; or review the select samples below:
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Marketing Your Qualifications Through Resumes and Cover Letters
Jobs and Other Experiential Opportunities
- Search for job opportunities and review job postings using the Walden Job and Internship Search Locator. Tip: Some employers post jobs exclusively for Walden students, which may appear at the top of job search results.
- Use GoinGlobal to locate U.S. based and global jobs and internships, review the global employer directory, and access city and country guides for living and working abroad.
- Review interest-specific job boards for Health Sciences and related fields to expand your job search.
- For specific-interest sites, such as virtual and freelance jobs, corporate positions, or international opportunities, review the Special Interest Resources section of the Career Exploration tab.
Volunteering for Social Change
If you are using your Walden degree to transition into the healthcare administration/healthcare management field, consider volunteering or completing an informal, noncredit internship at a nonprofit healthcare organization or hospital, helping a healthcare consultant with a project, volunteering at a healthcare-related organization such as the Area Agency on Aging, or exploring other healthcare settings.
Refer to the 10 Ways to Be Successful in a Healthcare Administration Internship or Volunteer Opportunity checklist to help you locate and succeed at volunteering and informal internship settings:
Skills-based volunteering and informal internships can help you enhance your current skill set, add new skills and experience to your resume, and learn more about what you like to do; all while supporting Walden’s mission of social change.
(Note: Walden University does not require nor provide a formal internship or volunteer program for Master of Healthcare Administration students.)
Engaging and Connecting Through Communities
Develop leadership skills, expand your connections, find career advice and mentors, and help support Walden’s commitment to building a vibrant and inclusive community of care. The activities below can help you get started:
- Walden University offers student organizations to get involved. Consider joining the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) to develop leadership skills, along with many other special interest groups.
- Professional associations provide opportunities to network with healthcare professionals, managers, administrators, and thought leaders; attend professional development events; deliver presentations; join committees; and much more. Refer to the blog article, Benefits of Belonging to a Professional Association, for additional ideas on how to get involved.
Here are a few associations in Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Management to consider joining:
American College of Healthcare Executives
American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management
Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals
Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management
Tip: Use CareerOneStop’s Professional Association Finder Tool to search for additional associations related to Health Sciences careers.
- LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site and an important tool to help you establish a professional online presence, build an online network, follow healthcare thought leaders, and join LinkedIn Groups based on specific interest areas. Career Planning and Development’s Networking tab offers online and offline networking tips and the Launching with LinkedIn video to help you get started.
- Get ready for interviews by visiting the Interviews tab.
- Log into SkillsFirst and use the Interview Prep tool to practice mock interviewing skills.
Tips: SkillsFirst offers interview questions developed around the O*NET Online occupation codes. Use the step-by-step SkillsFirst Interview Questions Guide and search for interviews using the following keywords: health services managers and patient representatives. In addition, search for “behavioral interview” to practice answering challenging interview questions.