Healthcare Career Matchmaker Points Students in the Right Direction

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Posted By Terri Williams on March 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Healthcare Career Matchmaker Points Students in the Right Direction

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 2.3 million new jobs in the healthcare sector by 2024. That said, students may struggle to find the healthcare career options that align with their unique personalities. The Healthcare Career Matchmaker, an online tool by Rasmussen College, helps students find careers that are in sync with their specific characteristics by personalizing certain preferences.

It’s important because there are so many good jobs at stake. A recent survey reveals the U.S. must produce 1.2 million nurses by 2020 to meet U.S. demand. And a recent report of the most overrated and underrated jobs lists dietitian, medical technologist, and physical therapist as three of the latter.

When it comes to deciding the right healthcare career for the right person, some questions arise: Are some healthcare jobs better suited for those with artistic skills? What about those who like the idea of working in healthcare but may not care for patient interaction?

The Healthcare Career Matchmaker works through an interactive interface. On a sliding scale from 1 to 10 where 1 equals “not at all,” and 10 equals “very,” students can choose how the following traits reflect their personalities:

Trait Explanation
Artistic You like working with form, designs, patterns. You enjoy self-expression and work that does not require a clear set of rules
Logical You like to follow procedures and routines. You prefer data to ideas. You like a clear line of authority
Ambitious You enjoy starting up and carrying out new projects. You’re skilled at leading people and making decisions. You enjoy business and risks.
Curious You enjoy working with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. You like searching for facts and enjoy the mental challenge of solving problems
Practical You like to tackle problems hands-on. You’d rather work in the midst of the action than be confined to a specific work area.
Social You like communication, working with people and teaching them new things. You enjoy helping or providing services to others.

 

There are also filters for the required education level (no formal training, high school, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree), and students can choose whether they would prefer patient contact daily, occasionally, rarely, or never.

After making these selections in the Healthcare Career Matchmaker, students are shown their best matches among the 56 healthcare career options. Some results may include athletic trainer, community health worker, genetic counselor, nurse practitioner, or speech language pathologist, depending on the student’s selections.

Students can then click on each career to get more information including a brief job overview, median salary, and projected job growth.

The career matchmaker as an informational tool

Dr. Christian Wright, health sciences department dean at Rasmussen College, tells GoodCall® that the Healthcare Career Matchmaker is designed to make students aware of the various jobs in this field. “While many are aware of doctors and nurses, few know about other healthcare career opportunities such as a surgical technician or medical laboratory technician which often only require an associate’s degree,” Wright explains. “This infographic highlights many vital roles in the healthcare field; there are many options out there and jobs to fill for those who are interested in becoming a part of one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.”

Rasmussen’s website is unique in that it uses a tool that allows students to consider their interests and personality traits when considering a career. “This is important because aligning your career with these traits often promotes better engagement and self-efficacy when approaching education,” Wright says. And he believes that when a career matches interests and personality, it can lead to higher levels of job satisfaction.

When employees aren’t satisfied at work, it can cause problems for everyone.

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD, MA, a licensed psychotherapist, executive coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco, tells GoodCall® that a bad match can result in a less-than-stellar employee. “Low performers can create big problems within an organization, especially because they usually do not respond well to feedback—and so can’t course-correct and improve their level of competence,” Chestnut explains.

That isn’t just bad for the individual employee. “They can have a negative impact on their co-workers, the morale of the teams they belong to, and the larger organization through creating conflicts and communication problems, contributing to a tension-filled atmosphere, and slowing down work processes,” she says.

However, interactive tools like Rasmussen’s healthcare career matchmaker can help to eliminate these types of mismatches.

Terri Williams
Terri Williams graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her education, career, and business articles have been featured on Yahoo! Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Houston Chronicle, and in the print edition of USA Today Special Edition. Terri is also a contributing author to "A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics," a book published by the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago.

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