It goes without saying that networking is a significant way to advance your career. Yet there are other ways to develop your career, such as accepting new opportunities that are offered to you. Check out these tips for laboratory professionals, pathologists and residents from fellow members of the laboratory team to help you make the most of those prospects.
“Experienced colleagues recognize potential and offer opportunities. I’ve always said yes when something new was offered to me. First, I was asked to become the lead on an analyzer. This led to a week of training that taught me troubleshooting/problem-solving skills and how instrumentation worked. I use this knowledge every day in ways I never even dreamed of. Next, I was invited to be part of process improvement teams. I had a week of training that included use of pareto analysis, fishbone diagrams, 80/20 and other statistical tools. That led to being a facilitator of a process improvement team of nurses and physicians. An offer to become an adjunct biology teacher led me becoming the director of a MLS program and an assistant professor. Finally, and probably most importantly, in my very first job after becoming certified, I was offered an opportunity with ASCP, which led to career-long connections with a vast network of like-minded individuals and positions of growth, development, and leadership within my professional organizations.”
Terese Abreu, M.A., MLS(ASCP)CM
"When an opportunity to advance your career presents itself, take it, even if it seems like the change might be overwhelming or ill-timed. I have found that by advancing my career, my professional responsibilities have increased, but so have my ownership and ability to exercise influence over my professional life. This increased flexibility can help offset the increased demands of career advancement and, paradoxically, translate it to an improved work-life balance. The trick is giving one’s self permission to take advantage of the new influence and using it to benefit the other aspects of one’s life."
Robin Cusick, MD
“In the world of pathology, networking is key. Attending meetings and presentations, such as the ASCP Annual Meeting and education sessions, has really helped me get to know my colleagues across the country. I was able to advance my knowledge in the field of pathology and get to connect with others in my field.”
Yekaterina Eichel, MD
“There are two attributes that have served me well in my still-developing career so far, attributes that I often recommend rotating medical students and residents to exude: reliability and enthusiasm. No matter your personality, background or subspecialty interest, your attendings and colleagues want to know that they can count on you, and that you have a positive impact on a group or organization. It’s also important to view everyone as a potential mentor: analyze the qualities of your favorite leaders, and emulate those qualities that make them your favorite.”
Cody Carter, MD, FASCP