PHS033 Quick Career Tip - Invest in your professional relationships

Quick career tips: Invest in your professional relationships

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Show Notes

Today’s career tip spotlight is on investing in your professional relationships, because, like in life, relationships take you far in your career.

Sujani provides a few examples of how relationships have taken her far in her career, and follows up by answering the following two questions:

  1. Who do I build relationships with?
  2. How do I build strong professional relationships?

You’ll learn:

  • You can choose anyone in your professional circle to build a relationship with; it’ll be a trial and error process. Think beyond your team, department, and even organization when deciding who to build relationships with.
  • When building your professional network, think about these general categories: Who will support me when I am faced with a tough decision at work? Whose advice do I respect – at a peer level and at a manager level? Who is part of other great networks that I can also leverage and be a part of? Who will recommend me for great opportunities? Who is well connected?
  • Your network is your net worth.
  • Building strong professional relationships, like any other relationship, takes time.
  • List of actions to take immediately to start building your network.


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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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