According to Paul Merrylees, a director in The Advisory Board Company’s Talent Development division, health care organizations face new regulations, demographic shifts, need for infrastructure expansion, and a turbulent market environment – challenges to be sure, but also opportunities. The job market is strong in the health care management field.
He was one of three speakers on a panel giving advice to those entering the field who attended a Health Care Management Career Development Forum and job fair at Marymount University. Rachel Polhemus, a senior partner with Witt/Kieffer, and Linda Segal, a principal with The McCormick Group, Inc., also shared tips for launching or advancing careers in the field.
The forum was presented by Marymount’s health care management program and National Capital Heath Executives (NCHE). Both Marymount and George Mason University have strong NCHE chapters, and the audience was predominantly made up of graduate students and alumni of the two universities.
Segal asked, “What value do you bring to a job?” and pointed out, “Don’t just give a list of your responsibilities in your résumé; say what you have accomplished.” A headhunter, she looks to the market to tell her who should be doing the job she’s trying to fill. She explained, “To get on my radar, your need to develop a presence for yourself in your company and the industry.”
Polhemus added, “You never know where your next career opportunity will be, so be a team player and don’t pigeonhole yourself. Consider sideways moves. You want to be viewed as indispensable.” She also advised the audience to follow and embrace reform, and to develop a personal mission. “Be true to yourself,” she emphasized.
Merrylees pointed out the importance of embracing “an intentional process for transformation.” He encouraged those entering the field to learn and apply new skills, committing to growth. “Challenge your thinking,” he said, “And, have tenacity.”
For the career fair portion of the event, participants included Avalere Health, Glenridge Consulting, Potomac Health Services, Segue Health, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, and Virginia Hospital Center.
Lt. Alejandro Calvo, was on hand recruiting for the U.S. Navy reserves. He also happens to be a Marymount alumnus. He earned a dual MBA/M.S. in Health Care Management at the university in 2011, but he wasn’t an officer when he attended Marymount. “I was commissioned thanks to the Marymount program,” he explains.
NCHE member Jacob Manthey, a Marymount graduate student earning a dual MBA and master’s in health care management, said, “The forum is a great networking opportunity, and we want to broaden NCHE participation.” He runs a physical therapy clinic and plans to work in children’s nonprofit health care.
Fellow Marymount graduate student April Sabado helped plan the forum with NCHE, and was delighted with the strong turnout. “It’s great to get a lot of students together to network and hear from professionals in the field,” she explained. Sabado, who is married to a Marine, looks forward to working in the military health system following graduation.
- Marymount alum Maria Lee ʼ07 (MBA/HCM) networks with Anton Arbatov, director of programs at NCHE and a GMU student.PHOTO 2
- Panelists left to right: Linda Segal, a principal with The McCormick Group, Inc.; Rachel Polhemus, a senior partner with Witt/Kieffer; and Paul Merrylees, a director in The Advisory Board Company’s Talent Development divisionPHOTO 3
- Marymount alumnus Lt. Alejandro Calvo ʼ11 (MBA/HCM) (center) and fellow navy officers recruit health care professionals during the career fair.PHOTO 4
- Cyndi Tipple, regent with the American College of Health Care Executives, and Marymount grad student and NCHE member April SabadoPHOTO 5
- James Ryerson, dean of Marymount’s School of Business Administration, introduces the panel and moderator Dr. Virginia Bianco-Mathis, chair of Marymount’s Department of Management.