Why You Should Attend Conferences as an HIM Professional
Are you feeling stagnant in your health information management (HIM) career? To advance professionally, you must invest in yourself and proactively seek opportunities to go beyond your limits. As an HIM professional, one of the best ways to stay competitive in the industry is to attend annual conferences. You’ll quickly discover how conferences can be a significant part of your career growth, propelling you to learn, connect and engage with like-minded peers. Here are some of the many reasons why industry conferences can expand your horizons:
Staying informed of industry trends and developments
As the HIM field continues to evolve, it’s essential to stay informed and educated about what changes are happening in the industry. Conferences provide prime opportunities to learn directly from HIM industry leaders about the latest trends and developments, allowing you to gain critical insight into major technology changes and innovations that will affect both your job and organization. By taking part in conference activities, you’ll have a chance to ask important questions, grow your knowledge base, and most importantly, stay relevant in the field.
Expanding your network
If it’s important for you to keep your career options open, attending conferences is a great way to expose yourself to new job opportunities and meet potential employers. Between seminars and workshops, conferences offer invaluable ways to interact with leaders in the HIM industry and introduce yourself to new employment avenues across the country. With conferences bringing together HIM pros from around the world, you’ll gain exposure to hundreds (and potentially thousands) of industry peers whom you can maintain connections with throughout your career.
One of the most overlooked, yet important reasons to attend conferences is to boost your confidence. When it comes to any technology-related job, knowledge is power. As you acquire more skills, you’ll gain the ability to make greater contributions to your workplace, and most specifically, your department. This can accelerate your growth, resulting in promotions to leadership positions, and ultimately a more rewarding career.
Remember, when it comes to professional development, your future is in your own hands. As you gear up for 2020, there’s no better way to invest in yourself than to attend a conference!
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