Health & Sciences: Templates to Ask for an Informational Interview
November 10, 2021 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
De’Ara Graves (new window) (NHS ’21)
Nursing Home Administrator in Training, Asbury Communities
Major: Healthcare Management and Policy
How did you find your current position? During the summer before my senior year, I worked in an assisted living facility. My position was administrative, and I did front facing work for the community, including communicating with families and residents. I really enjoyed serving older adults and learning more about healthcare operations and hospitality. Following graduation, I wanted to gain more experience, so I applied for the Summer Enrichment Program through LeadingAge, which is an advocacy organization for long term care providers. I received an internship with Asbury Communities and decided to stay onboard with the company for an administrator in training (AIT) position. AIT is a 12-month training program required for prospective nursing home administrators.
What does a typical day or week look like? The day of a nursing home administrator in training varies. Generally, I spend time completing rounds and making general observations of the facility, getting acquainted with residents and their families, and learning state and federal regulations for nursing homes. I am also assigned quality improvement projects. For example, I am currently creating a more efficient booking system for the community salon. I will spend time learning about each of the departments responsible for the successful operation of a nursing home, including but not limited to nursing, activities, maintenance, and dietary/food service.
What are the best ways for students to learn more about your industry and/or stay abreast of trends in your industry? There’s a large demand for change makers in the long-term care sector. The best way to get involved is to start by following advocacy organizations like LeadingAge on LinkedIn or get on a newsletter. Stay up-to-date with industry trends and policy decisions impacting long term care communities. Another consideration is connecting with Georgetown alumni or even utilizing your department’s network to learn more about opportunities in your field of interest.
All the best,
Jodi Schneiderman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology
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How to Ask for an Informational Interview Over Email
An informational interview is a great way to connect with professionals and gain industry insight from someone already deep in the trenches. Play your cards right, and it could lead to a job referral in the future. This article (new window) discusses how to reach out for an informational interview and provides 7 sample templates and subject lines to use in an email or LinkedIn message.
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