I graduated a year ago with my MSDH and after 26 years of practice I was taken off work with shoulder injuries. I am unable to return to clinical practice. I have been fortunate to be teaching online for the University that I graduated from (for their BSDH degree completion program), however it is not enough financially and I do not believe I am using my education to the fullest or being challenged enough. I am interested in teaching health education classes for hospitals, clinics or corporations. I am afraid this will require a Master’s degree in Health Education. My master’s program was heavy on educational methodology, yet when employers see the MSDH behind my name they don’t understand that I am prepared for education outside of dental hygiene. Any insight on how best to pursue my interest? Thank you for your time!
This is where a portfolio can come in handy to illustrate the depth and breadth of your education and experience – you then would want to customize it to the environment in which you see yourself in the future, e.g., hospitals, clinics or corporations. As dental hygienists have begun to expand their scopes of practice across the country in clinical settings – I have seen this for many years with our graduate DH students. In most instances it is the job seeker’s responsibility to illustrate to the potential employer what you can bring to their organization. If you are responding to a job posting – then it requires a resume and as stated above a portfolio if you have it – that illustrates skills you bring to the table. If a position does not currently exist – then it requires “pounding the pavement” to get yourself in front of individuals that would have inroads to the settings you mention. I continue to be amazed each year at the positions our graduates end up in. Dental hygienists possess the skills that are highly valued in the workplace, e.g., excellent communication skills, ability to write, organizational skills, ability to think critically and problem solve. I wish you the best in your job search – it sounds exciting.