Young Professionals

Advice and guidance for students, graduates, and young professionals launching their careers.


Launching your professional life is an exciting experience. Mentorship comes in all forms, and we want to be on that journey with you as you begin your career.

Web-Series (launching in 2018)

Learn from senior professionals on the critical capabilities needed in the early stages of your career. Our first episode will launch in 2018. Follow us on Facebook/LinkedIn for the latest updates.


This is an interview-style podcast with our health IT network. In these episodes, you'll learn more about the industry and get personal insights on how these professionals are building their careers.

Explore Careers

The health IT industry is full of new and challenging roles. Click on the young professionals below to explore, learn, and walk through "a day in the life" of their career startups.

Elizabeth Marketing Associate

Learn about how Elizabeth is taking on multiple roles as a Marketing Associate in a small company. From press releases to website design, she interacts with the leaders of her company every day and finds new ways to get their message out to the market.

Stephan Project Manager

Stephan brings his detail-oriented mindset to the management of projects across the country. In a short amount of time, he was promoted to the project management ranks and runs multiple threads within multi-million dollar programs for healthcare systems and hospitals.

Christopher Solution Architect

The ability to influence others is a critical factor in business development and the work world in general. Journey with Chris as he supports sales executives chase after their sales pipelines and bring new technology and processes to healthcare organizations.

Michelle Consultant

Travel with Michelle as she jet sets across the country and balances her personal life with life on the road. The healthcare industry is changing rapidly and she is one of many change agents that are helping transform how healthcare is managed and delivered.

Prina Revenue Cycle Analyst

Finance is more about just the numbers. Explore the responsibilities of associates working on the financial side of healthcare. Prina reports to executives regularly and tells you what it's like to present to an executive audience.

Jorge Technology Specialist

Technology is constantly changing. Learn about how companies in the Fortune 50 build strategy around this changing environment. Jorge works with some of the brightest minds in the industry to define, communicate, and grow their business.

Susan Quality Assurance Analyst

The systems implemented in healthcare organizations go through a rigorous process of testing. Find out how this process functions on a day-t0-day basis with the Quality Assurance team.

Mike Business Analyst

Resources are needed to ensure IT improvements are defined and communicated. Explore the daily tasks that bridge the gap between the operational teams requesting changes and the IT teams looking to make them a reality.

Ready for the Interview?

Demonstrate the qualities and capabilities employers are looking for. As part of your preparation, answer the below interview questions adapted from our own recruitment and selection playbook.


Employers are seeking out people that have a record of being able to jump into a new situation and start adding value quickly. After your initial onboarding, you’ll likely be placed on a project that is already in progress.

Step-by-step directions and hand-holding are unheard of. Ask the right questions, take initiative for your on-the-job training, and figure out where you can help immediately. This type of mindset is what all employers value in their new hires. Think of specific examples that will convey this to your interviewer.

Sample Interview Questions:

Tell me about a time when you had to solve a complex problem without having all the information that was available to you.

Explain how you approach learning new things.


In any company, your job will revolve around relationships. As an entry-level associate, you don’t have much authority. Employers know that to get your job done, you’ll have to know how to influence teammates and superiors to accomplish your tasks.

Do you have the skills to balance competing interests? Are you able to convince people to make the decisions you want without compromising your integrity? Think about the strategies and techniques you’ve developed over the years to influence people. Come up with specific examples of when you’ve utilized this skill to accomplish something.

Sample Interview Questions:

Describe a decision that you made that was unpopular. How did you go about implementing it?

Share an example (work or school) of how you were able to motivate your team.


Your future success largely depends on your ability to work in teams. Matrix organizations, virtual teams, and our global economy has made the necessity to work with diverse groups part of our every day lives. Working in teams over the phone in multi-cultural environments is now part of the norm.

How do you build relationships? Do you know how to teach others? How do you resolve conflicts?

Think about what role you’ve played in elevating the performance of your team. You do not have to be the leader in your response, but you have to be able to communicate the value you brought in a team setting.

Sample Interview Questions:

Tell me about a time you were trying to achieve something on a team and a conflict arose. What role did you play? What happened , and what was the end result?

What irritates you about co-workers?

What role do you usually play in a team setting?

Verbal: Effective employees have solid verbal communication skills. It is critical to have both listening and speaking abilities to arrive at mutual understanding and build relationships. What strategies do you use in one-on-one conversations to provide information and pull information? Do you know how to present to groups?

Employers will be assessing your verbal communication skills in the interview. Always rehearse your answer and remove speech disfluencies (e.g., like and ummm) from your responses. Prepare examples of your communication skills in both a one-on-one situation and a group presentation.

Written: Email has become the primary mode of communication in the work world. You’re going to have huge problems if you can only explain things verbally. It is helpful to take any technical writing courses that are offered in college. Develop your proficiency in Word processor, and at the very least, know formatting and track changes.

Make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors on your resume and cover letter. Proofread all your correspondence with potential employers and use proper email etiquette.


Most people are resistant to change. As young professionals, we have the opportunity to look at things with a new perspective without the blinders of the status quo. Having the willingness and optimism to identify problems and initiate solutions will set your career on a quick upward path.

Problem-solving is a skill that can be utilized at every level of the organization. Employers need associates that are able to gather the right information to communicate a problem, pull different resources to develop a solution, and have the confidence and influence to execute on those solutions.

Questions that lead you to prove your problem-solving skills will more than likely be asked in your interview. Be ready to identify the problem, explain what role you played in developing and executing the solution, and summarize the end result.

Sample Interview Questions:

Give an example of when you used logic to solve a problem.

Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion to improve a process or the work in your organization.


One of the best definitions of integrity I’ve heard in interviews has been from our military applicants; Doing the right thing even when no one is watching. I love this definition because it really captures someone’s true character and whether or not they’re honest with themselves.

Employers want to trust their employees. This extends from basic expense reports to fulfilling your commitments to your team and your clients. Are you dependable and take responsibility for the promises you make? We all know trust is difficult to get back once you lose it. Employers are looking for trustworthy applicants that they can depend on.

Before entering an interview, think about your own integrity and come up with examples of when you’ve truly displayed it.

Sample Interview Questions:

What is your definition of integrity?

Tell me about a time when you promised to deliver something and couldn't make it happen.


Many entry-level positions require a lot of self-initiated, on-the-job training. Employers are looking for people that know how to motivate themselves and persevere through difficult projects. Your interview is designed to figure out if you’re lazy or a hard worker.

Think of your biggest accomplishments and the amount of work that was required of you to achieve it. Summarize two examples. Divide your summary into the goal you wanted to achieve, how you prioritized the work needed to get done, the difficulties you encountered, how you persevered throughout the experience, and the final result.

Sample Interview Questions:

Tell me about a time you set yourself a goal and the process you went through to achieve that goal.

When you have a lot of work to get done, how do you go about accomplishing all your required tasks?

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