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in these subjects are just average
however you have the drive and
determination to succeed in a career in
healthcare then Puentespina says that
this indicates that when the pressure of
academics press hard on you, you have
to double or triple your effort to meet
the set standard. He adds that this also
means that students who have good to
very good aptitude in science will have
little difficulty hitting the academic
marks, have time for extra-curricular
activities, and may not have problem
breezing through college. “Hitting
the marks for you might be tough
and this is where your motivation
plays that critical role – increasing
your persistence to study harder,”
he explains and in fact, an aspect of
self-discipline is accepting reality
as it is those individuals imbibing
discipline who tackle reality head on;
they do not screen it. This attitude
says Puentespina, is paramount in
decision making and problem solving
– assessing the problem. “Facing
reality in its entirety enables the person
to tailor-make a plan of action that is
congruent with one’s ability to solve
the problem at hand,” he states, and
in fact, this ability is much related to
emotional maturity.
Emotional Quotient
Puentespina further explains that it
is now an established fact that the
core of Social Quotient is Emotional
Quotient. “This involves the skills
relating to people, being a team player,
an effective leader, communicating
and rallying constituents to achieve
the vision, conflict management,
public relations, and relationship
building are demonstrated with ease,”
he says. “However the good part of the
emotional quotient is that in fact, it
can be learned and developed through
conscious effort and training.”
It is also very important, indicates
Puentespina, to remember that
healthcare courses prepare you to serve
patients effectively, either directly or
indirectly. “The highest standard in
saving lives is always expected and
ingrained in the curriculum,” he says
and it is understood that both clinical
and diagnostic skills are developed
through training years, and negative
qualities such as negligence and
mediocrity are never tolerated nor
The Future of Healthcare
The reality based on data and research
concludes that healthcare, as a sector,
is here to stay. “The business prospects
will always be bright and there will
always be a career in healthcare
and compensation will start from a
medium to upscale pay grade,” says
Puentespina. “Choosing the right
healthcare course and persistently
pursuing your passion in healthcare
will always translate good fortune in
your life-career.”
Other Requirements
While it goes without saying that
younger individuals imbibe greater
levels of energy, the down side is they
need the temperance and the wisdom
of those who are more seasoned and
tenured. Puentespina elaborates that
in an entry position, the reasonable
age required by most companies
is between 23 to 35 years of age.
“Supervisory and middle management
is 35 years old or older, however there
are many cases where individuals
younger than age 35 were promoted
to supervisory position,” he says and
it is basically the balance between the
skill set, experience, and age that the
management is more interested.
July/Aug 2014