Be willing to start low and climb
Even with a master's degree, your first job is likely to be low on the ladder. You may start out as an administrative assistant in a financial department, or as an assistant administrator for a small facility, says Michael Hoff, health care manager of business development at Chicago-based Addison Group, which recruits nonclinical health care employees.
Boroff says many health care employers are focused on cost, so they're willing to look at people straight out of college or grad school who are willing to commit for the long haul. "If you want to be in health care in that setting, find any door to get your foot into," he says. "Work hard and work your way up the ladder."
At grad school, look for internships, residencies or fellowships that can help you get your foot in the door and establish a career history. If you're crossing over to health care management, highlight your stability in your previous roles. Networking may also come in handy in terms of breaking into the field. Many health care management employees once began their careers in public accounting or consulting, then moved into health care through client contacts, Samuel says.
Above all else, employers that are hiring health care management candidates are looking for stability, even in entry-level positions, Boroff says. They want people who have been in jobs for several years or who have some kind of progressive work history, he says: "They don't want to hire someone who's been jumping around.
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