5 Tips from Fords on Friday with Jesse Ehrenfeld ‘00
Jesse came in last week to talk with our students about his work within the medical field! Jesse has a wide range of experiences, from working as an anesthesiologist, fighting for better public policy, and working in the Navy. Here are 5 tips he shared with us:
- Mentors are incredibly important to career growth: Jesse stressed the importance of mentors in his professional life, and recommended that all students look for mentors when they enter the workforce. Your relationship with a mentor doesn’t have to be formal – it can just be anyone that you ask for help. Make sure to ask lots of people for help when you make an important decision, to hear from lots of different points of view.
- Confrontation was a valuable experience at Haverford: Jesse said that the most important lesson he learned at Haverford was the experience of confronting other students, and being confronted by others (in line with the Honor Code). He says that you need to have a lot of difficult conversations throughout your working life, and Haverford teaches you the best way to go about these conversations.
- Do something that allows you to follow your passion: Jesse works a lot in his career, and he is often on the road doing advocacy work for the American Medical Association. But, he does what he loves to do and thus it does not feel like work to him. Jesse says that he often sees residents burn out who don’t choose the right speciality when working in the Hospital – make sure that you do what you love to avoid burning out from working too.
- Your experiences are a strength: Jesse says that drawing upon his experiences has helped him to become more successful throughout his career. However, Jesse does warn to not always draw upon your comfort, and be open to new experiences and learning more, as that leads to better Professional growth.
- Learn how to receive honest feedback: Jesse says that the opportunities to receive honest feedback are scarce, but when you do it is an important moment for growth in your life. Jesse says to be polite when receiving feedback, as the other person is doing you a favor, and thank them for helping you out when they are done.