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Jul 3rd 2017

Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare (Coursera)

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This course aims to help high school students, recent graduates, and those considering career transitions explore health care career options and learn strategies for entry into the health care workforce and health related fields. There are lots of amazing job opportunities in medicine and healthcare! Join us, as we share the strategies and secrets for getting those jobs.

This course will introduce you to healthcare professions, help you map a path towards a health career, and impart skills relevant for any career, including: articulating your personal story, resume and cover letter writing, job search, interviewing, professional networking, and professional communications. In this course, you will hear the personal stories, experiences, and journeys of dozens of people who work in health related careers. You will also have the opportunity to connect with a supportive community of students, mentors, and health care professionals to explore your interests, find resources, and discover exciting new opportunities.

The course features more than 50 different guests and lecturers, including Northwestern University faculty from Feinberg School of Medicine; the Kellogg School of Management; the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; the School of Professional Studies; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Communication.

The course is also a resource and tool through which educators, parents, career counselors and others can support students’ career readiness and professional advancement.



Syllabus


WEEK 1

Why Health?

Careers where you can make a difference in people's lives

Graded: Quest: What Does Health Mean to You?

Graded: Quest: Health Careers Scavenger Hunt


WEEK 2

Day in the Life Snapshots

Healthcare professionals briefly describe what they do and introduce medical terminology


WEEK 3

Keeping it Real - Healthcare Career Journeys

Personal stories & career journeys of health professionals and students

Graded: Quest: Strengths

Graded: Quest: Career Journeys


WEEK 4

Personal Story

Packaging your personal story to increase your professional opportunities

Graded: Quest: Write an Elevator Pitch


WEEK 5

Professional Networking

How to use social networks - everyone you know - to find opportunities


WEEK 6

Resume

Nuts and bolts of resume writing

Graded: Quest: Resume

Graded: Quest: Writing Your Resume


WEEK 7

Cover Letter

Nuts and bolts of a cover letter

Graded: Quest: Cover Letter

Graded: Quest: Writing Your Cover Letter


WEEK 8

Interviews

Communication skills and presence to stand out in an interview

Graded: Quest: Preparing for an Interview

Graded: Quest: Prepare Your Own Responses to Common Interview Questions


WEEK 9

Supplementary Topics

Additional Career 911 topics for success in entering a health career