CLEMSON – Clemson University undergraduate sophomore Jordan Childs of biological sciences understands the importance of creating professional connections early in his education to help with his future career goals.
At the fourth annual “Tigers on Call” event on Sept. 28, students like Childs who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare had the opportunity to connect with dentists, surgeons, physical therapists, pharmacists and other health professionals who are already established in their fields. Through a series of roundtable discussions and panel Q&A’s, the students were able to ask their burning questions and find mentors who can help lay the foundation for future success in their careers.
“Mentorship is one of the most pinnacle things students can do to apply themselves,” Childs said. “Finding someone that has been through your path before you who can give you pointers, tips, and advice – someone you can look up to – is so important.”
Childs is currently enrolled in a class that allows him to shadow in the trauma section of a hospital in the Greenville Health System. This experience alone has motivated Childs to pursue the trauma specialty when he begins medical school.
Clemson University’s Office of Health Professions Advising hosts “Tigers on Call” each year. Director of Health Professions Advising Harolynn Williams coordinated this year’s event along with the help of students Erin Stickler and Shelby Storm.
“The students at this event have the chance to interact back and forth with experienced professionals. They have the opportunity to ask questions that a lot of times advisors can’t answer,” Williams said. “We need those people who are out in the industry, who are actually doing the work to provide sound advice to our students.”
In 2018, “Tigers on Call” began a new initiative called Tiger Link, which is an online mentoring service that allows health providers and students to contact each other to continue their mentoring conversations after the Sept. 28 event. Williams said she is looking forward to the networking opportunities that will stem from the Tiger Link platform.
Williams thanks the university’s pre-professional health honor’s society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, as well as the Center for Career and Professional Development, the College of Science Dean’s Office and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for collaborating to put on the 2018 “Tigers on Call” event.
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