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FIU Business career expert shares five-part strategy with women healthcare executives.

Gaining a firm knowledge of your employer’s economic base is an essential step to career success for today’s healthcare leaders.

This was one of several messages shared with a group of women healthcare leaders gathered for “Career Positioning: Position Yourself for Career Advancement,” an educational program conducted by the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network of South Florida. The event was held May 23 at the North Shore Medical Center – FMC campus in Fort Lauderdale.

Left to Right: Marisol Hernandez ’12; Melissa Stedman, Cohort 8; Tamar Richards, Cohort 8; John Nykolaiszyn; Melissa Dunn ’12; Dr. Nancy Borkowski, Executive Director HCMBA Program; Rene Zipper ’11; Karina LaConcha ’12; Yamile Castillo ’12

Florida International University (FIU) College of Business career expert John Nykolaiszyn (BA ’96) served on a  three-member panel which gave the 50 attendees valuable tips on how to facilitate their own career advancement.

Nykolaiszyn, associate director for employer development in the College of Business’ Career Management Services office, shared industry research that identified successful career behavior for those who want to be promoted, such as “driving for results” and “dealing with ambiguity.” He then used that research as a basis for a five-part strategy for advancement.

“The first strategy is to gain an increased business focus,” he said. “Like people in other industries, healthcare professionals need to know the financial aspects of their organizations. Not having a grasp of the economics of your organization can be a roadblock to career advancement.”

Nykolaiszyn described other parts of the strategy: honing interpersonal skills, driving change leadership, building a network and developing critical and creativity thinking skills.

Group learns more about Healthcare MBA.

As the panel members shared advice with the audience about career moves, the value of the Healthcare MBA was discussed.

“The panel and the audience gave some excellent, real life examples of how this degree can significantly help a person advance,” Nykolaiszyn said.

FIU alumni and current students of FIU’s Healthcare MBA program participated in the program, as did Nancy Borkowski, executive director of the college’s HCMBA program and a board member of the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network.

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