Today officially marks 7 months since I took my job as Marketing Director at Shepherd Eye Center. The last time I wrote about my job specifically, it was a mere month after accepting the position. In that post, I reflected on the 10 months between the completion of my graduate degree and my new job in Las Vegas. Now, 6 months since writing that post I’d like to share some things I’ve learned about myself, how past experiences have given me the skills to do this job, and the exciting opportunities I look forward to in this position.
What I’ve Learned About Myself
New jobs have a way of making us re-evaluate ourselves. It starts in the interview process as you attempt to communicate all the reasons why an employer would find you to be the most fitting candidate. As you delve into the work and get into your groove, your natural abilities start to shine. I thrive on being able to use my fresh perspective to add strength to a portion of a communication plan that has been less efficient in the past. The start of my job came at a sort of new beginning at Shepherd Eye Center as well. Just 1 month after I started, the practice added a 12th doctor. Three weeks after that day, the practice moved into a newly renovated office, bringing the office location total to four and adding a 13th doctor the same day as the grand opening. I learned I thrive by being thrown in head first—off and running from the get-go.
How Past Experiences have Prepared me
As I mentioned in the previous post, health communication was really never where I saw my communication degree taking me, but the first job out of college sold me. I loved the field so much that I jumped at the chance to lecture to juniors and seniors in the communication program at my alma mater and educate them about the unique field of health communication and why they might want to consider it. Multiple lectures for the classes of a mentor professor really solidified my passion for the field. In April, I will have the privilege of bringing my passion for health communication to the American Society of Ophthalmic Associates convention in San Diego as I share my views on marketing an ophthalmology practice.
Looking into the Future
The opportunities that have already come my way in just the last few months are truly remarkable. I’ve always been eager to share my knowledge of health with the people around me. I enjoy being that liaison between the medical professionals and the public. With the help of a media contact well-versed in the different outlets in Las Vegas, January has been full of opportunities for doctors to share on the radio and television their passion for the field of ophthalmology and eye health. I have even had the chance to assume the role of spokesperson and share with different audiences my (new) passion for this branch of health care.
I may not know exactly what career I may have in 10 or 20 years from now, or what achievements the field of medicine will have attained, but I’m excited at the prospect at really making a difference as a health communicator.