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Treb3

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Career transition help
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:24:15 PM »
Okay, I need career help please.

I think I want to transition to a career that involves a lot of analysis and then communicating/presenting those analyses.  But what does that look like and how do I get that kind of job?  And what additional skills do I need to acquire?

MY DREAM:  a telework position because I move a lot.  Although I'm introverted, I actually prefer to be in an office for the human interaction, but I don't see how that could work with the moves I foresee in the next few months/years.  Hence the telework goal.  Other goals:  A position in which I make $90,000-$115,000.  A lower stress position because I am a chronic worrier and it has affected my health.  I am willing to work hard and work smart but am no longer willing to be on call and have long work days.  I would like a position in which I analyze data or processes or do research, etc. and then communicate it.  I tend to enjoy process improvement projects and running meetings as well.  I am comfortable communicating in a variety of formats.

MY REALITY:
My background:  Master's in Healthcare Administration.  About 5 years of experience in healthcare administration in the military.  3 years of medical sales experience afterwards making $85,000-$105,000.  I have been in my current healthcare administrator position for 15 months making $75,000 plus bonuses.  My stache:  $280,000 in retirement investments, $60,000 in non-retirement investments and savings.  No debt, no house, rent an apartment.  Serious boyfriend, not engaged yet.  32yo.

I am often very stressed in my current position -- I am on call basically 24/7; RN recruitment and retention are a continual challenge; I get a lot of pressure from senior leadership to overwork my staff (and due to company requirements, I can do very little to ameliorate that).  Company policies are nominally fair, rarely generous, and sometimes feel exploitative of employees.  E.g., I've heard senior leadership say "it doesn't matter, they're salaried" when discussing hours worked; mileage reimbursement (we drive a lot for work) is less than the IRS allowable.

My Strengths:  I was very good at my military job.  In the course of my 5 years, I did some office manager type of work, process improvement projects, management, large scale planning, and program implementation.  All of my bosses have always said that I am a critical thinker and very good at analyzing.  Very responsible, good follow through, present a calm demeanor at work, task-oriented, and detail-oriented.  ISTJ in Myers-Briggs.  C with some D on the DISC personality profile.  Beaver on the animal profile.  Reformer Type 1 on the Enneagram.  I care about doing the right thing.  I enjoy words.  I don't enjoy numbers as much but I am good with them.  I am great with budgets and Excel spreadsheets.  I enjoy looking for patterns tremendously.

My Weaknesses:  I am not effective at sales.  I was technically competent, responsible, and likable.  I don't push for the close well, ask hard questions well, or overcome objections well.  I am polite, pleasant, hard-working, and fair, so people like me, but I am not a charismatic leader.  I am a good leader in good organizations but don't have the strength to be a "change agent" for a struggling organization.  I want a break from leadership and management positions and their corresponding stress but am not sure I have the technical skills to make decent pay without taking a management position.  The emotional breakdowns of my coworkers wear me out.  I am not good with some technical things -- I struggle with anything mechanical, coding, physics.  Linear math is fine -- but I have always struggled with 3D math/thinking.

I enjoy the health field.  If possible, I would like to stay in it because I know the market outlook is good and it generally provides meaningful work.  However, I'm not willing to deal with the operational crises anymore.  I'm open to another sector if needed.  I'm so burned out that I want to leave my position as soon as possible even though I've only been with my current company for 15 months.

Any thoughts?  I'd appreciate any insight you could provide!

zoe2dot

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 07:59:37 AM »
Get deep into the job sites of the bio pharma companies.

For example this one in Seattle has job listings all over the country:

https://www.adaptivebiotech.com/about/careers/listings 

Specifically the Director, East Account Managers

Treb3

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2018, 06:07:32 PM »
I will! Thank you!

BM1300

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2018, 09:26:04 AM »
I also work at a hospital and have a Masters in Healthcare Admin. It sounds like something like data science may be something for you to look in to. At my organization, I work on the business analytics team and we are constantly analyzing operational data in order to help leaders make strategic decisions, arm marketing with data so that they know "who are patients are" and who are target market isĒ, etc... the possibilities are endless in data science.

I started out in operations and it has been a big help when transitioning over to the analytics team, as I understand the operational workflows more than anyone else. From my experience, understanding the operations is something that canít be taught Ė itís best to have worked in that area. Whereas, if you are an analytical person, you can learn the data science piece.

Data science and analytics is becoming HUGE in healthcare right now. From both a non-clinical (business) perspective, and a clinical perspective. Hope that helps.

Treb3

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 07:39:19 PM »
Thank you! That helps so much, especially because I was already leaning that way. How did you transition from operations to analytics? Did you learn anything in particular (SQL, Access, etc)?

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 07:51:20 PM »
Posting to follow, DW is  quant research MA graduate working in digital ad revenue analytics, but looking to transition to a more formal data scientist / data analysis role where she can flex some python skills. She's a bit overqualified for current role which is basic manual data aggregation and reporting in excel, under qualified for most the data scientist / analyst roles which require more developed coding and database skills.

BM1300

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2018, 07:41:47 AM »
I actually think most of it was luck (and networking). i was noticed by the VP of analytics and he brought me over for a project because he needed someone who understood operations. After we completed the project (where my role was solely to educate the team on how the clinic areas are run day-to-day) he asked me to go get a few EPIC certifications. through those certifications, i learned SQL. I also used a course on Udemy to teach myself Tableau, which we use extensively here.

My role now mostly consists of presenting data in a way that helps operational leaders easily understand in which areas they need to focus. I use SQL extracts to pull data and mostly Tableau to present it.

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2018, 09:51:45 AM »
I'll second learning Tableau - it's a visualization tool that is very hot right now.

At the large hospital system I used to work at, there were several levels of analytic-type roles.

The Clinical/Medical Informatics team was pretty much all RNs who had transitioned over.  I'm not sure their pay grade.  They worked in our internal reporting tools - Business Objects and Excel primarily, with a few who were also trained in Tableau.  Their reports were all focused on clinical care statistics.

Some other groups had their own analytic experts.  These were usually a combination of Business Analysts and former nurses.  Their skills ranged from Excel reporting to Business Objects to SQL query writing.

The Enterprise Analytics team was part of IT.  This team used more SQL and Tableau. The payscale was about what you outlined.

The tools will change depending on what the hospitals in your region use.  There are other visualization tools besides Tableau, and other reporting tools besides Business Objects.

Some of the people who transitioned into the Clinical/Medical Informatics groups had minimal analytic experience.  They basically reached out to the manager of the group and asked what they needed to do to be considered for the next job opening.

I know a few who started taking masters' level classes in Healthcare Analytics / Healthcare Informatics.  One of these women became the manager of one of the business analyst teams.  She had previously been a part of the Transplant group, creating processes and reports for that unit.

With your background, there could be a lot of opportunities, depending on the size of your hospital system.  I'd start reading through every single open job description and see if any of it sounds interesting.  And network with groups that provide reports or process improvement and with IT.  As a former IT analytics person, I can assure you we were ALWAYS looking for people who had enough time to answer our questions about where the data lived/what the data meant.

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2018, 10:23:55 AM »
I recently signed up for FlexJobs https://www.flexjobs.com/

I have a three-month subscription, looking for a non-profit remote position. Unfortunately, FlexJobs has not yet worked super well for me because the bulk of the posting seems to be 1. healthcare 2. sales 3. coding. There are a lot of daily postings, so you might have better luck on that site than I have had with the type of work you are looking for. I will say, United Healthcare seems to post a lot and they have quite a few remote positions, so you may just want to look on their website directly.

Wish I had more to offer. Good luck! 

Treb3

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Re: Career transition help
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2018, 07:42:00 PM »
Thank you all very much!  I am taking steps in this direction... Tableau, SQL, and networking are my action items...