Healthcare is a growing industry, but what difference does that mean if you’re not a science major?
PwC’s Health Research Institute recently released a report on the “Top Health Industry Issues of 2016”. They predicted that new industry needs would increase growth in fields like branding, digital advertising, financial management, data analysis, and research. With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, increased customer movement between plans, and an aging ‘boomer’ population, there is no doubt there will be more opportunities in the healthcare industry. So what does this mean for you and why would anyone other than a science major attend the Science and Healthcare Networking Forum on November 3rd from 5 to 7 p.m.?
The healthcare industry is big business and its needs are like any other major corporation, with opportunities for financial analysts, accountants, marketing professionals, supply chain managers and IT specialists. As insurance companies, hospitals, and home healthcare companies become more consumer focused and technology driven, there is growing need for innovative workers who will help push the industry forward and meet consumer demands. According to PwC HRI, “Shifting from treating individual patients to managing populations, healthcare providers will focus on growth that enhances their bottom lines and brands. Brand could be key to attracting consumers in a consolidating ecosystem.” With these kinds of major industry changes, it is easy to imagine that marketing, finance, supply chain and accounting majors will be highly sought after. Bob Franco, one of the career advisors at The Career Center, believes that healthcare is an industry untapped by Stillman students. “Last year, only 10 Stillman finance majors attended our annual Science and Healthcare Networking Forum. By networking and targeting larger companies, four out of the ten walked away with interviews.” Attending any event is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview, but dismissing networking events that don’t mention your major, definitely limits your options.
Healthcare is no longer just for science majors. There are great opportunities for business students who want to work in a rapidly changing environment. Interested in finding out more about the Healthcare industry? Come to our Science & Healthcare Networking Forum on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
Here are some TIPS TO MAKING THE MOST OUT OF A NETWORKING EVENT:
1. Do your research so you can target the companies that are more likely to be looking for a wide range of majors.
2. Check the company websites to see what kind of jobs or internships they have posted.
3. Ask the company representative attending the event who you might connect to learn more about positions in your field.
4. Take a business card and follow-up. Professionals remember those who follow-up either by writing a note (that’s right, a hand written note), or sending an e-mail.
Want some help on how to work a networking event? Contact your career advisor by calling The Career Center at 973-761-9355 to schedule an appointment.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.