PHS037 Quick Career Tips Offer up your skills - Strategies to gain public health work experience (part 2), with Sujani Siva

Quick career tips: Offer up your skills – Strategies to gain public health work experience (Part 2)

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Show Notes

This three part career tips series is inspired by a blog post written and published in 2019 by Sujani titled: 3 strategies to build up your public health work experience, tested and proven by me.

Today’s career tip spotlight is the second of these three strategies: offer up your skills!

Prior to starting PH SPOT, a common question that Sujani would receive from students and new grads she was mentoring was related to gaining work experience early in their careers. This question has remained one of the most popular questions even amongst the PH SPOT community.

In this episode, Sujani talks through the second strategy she used in order to gain public health experience. These experiences became the foundation of her public health career.

You’ll learn:

  • Jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities may not always be posted.
  • Offer up your time and skill, in return for public health experience.
  • Be proactive: reach out to an organization that is aligned with your interest, develop a proposal for work you can contribute to and present it to them.
  • Two stories from Sujani on how she built her public health work experience.
  • Steps Sujani took to reach out to an organization to present a proposal for work she was interested in doing.

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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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