As midterms come to a close, all of us at PCH would like to extend an invitation to the Winter Quarter Pre-Health Panel: Healthcare Admissions. As students, we work hard to get to that next level of education; whether that level is medical school, graduate school, pharmacy school or what have not, we're here to get you connected to admissions officers and deans that can help you to get closer to realizing your career goals.
So, now you know how to get in contact to these important individuals. Now what? It's time to practice those networking skills so that you can get the most out of these meetings. Need some tips?
- Dress for success: All pre-health panels are in business casual, so leave those jeans for another day. Dressing up nicely helps form a good first impression and sets a professional tone for interaction. Also, suiting up can build confidence, which can take the stress out of meeting new people.
- Set goals: These people have a lot of wisdom to offer, but that means nothing if you don't know exactly what you want from them. Make a list of questions you'd like to have answered. It's a great way to prevent those awkward pauses and to get the most out of networking.
- Be confident: Don't let these admissions officers intimidate you. Be confident and engaging, but not so that you dominate conversation. Don't see a networking night or a panel as "work"; you're meeting new people, not strategically and robotically going through interactions. Let the conversation happen organically. Listen. Breathe.
We hope to see you all there at pre-health panel. Good luck with midterms, everyone!