If you are looking for MPH work, then you are probably frantically building your network in order to help you find a job.
But for those of you who are already employed, why is it important for you to keep expanding your network?
1. Find A Better Job
After I got my first MPH job, my dad’s advice was a little unexpected:
I realized that as I got too comfortable in my current position, I was potentially missing out on opportunities better suited for me and my training simply because I simply didn't see them.
Don't feel like you need to keep conducting a full-on job search, but do keep tabs on public health search engines or MPH list-servs. You might be surprised by a perfect opportunity that comes your way when you weren’t even in the market for a new job.
2. Discover Ways to Serve
By continuing to network, you put yourself in situations where you can use your skill set to help someone, whether through a volunteer opportunity, consulting a non-profit organization, or advising a newly-graduated MPH grad.
3. Be Prepared for Your Future
None of us can read the future. You might lose your job unexpectedly or have a wonderful new opportunity waiting for you. Keep yourself prepared for whatever might happen by continually meeting people and staying in contact with the people you know.