It’s a great question. Here are some suggestions:
• Research the healthcare field intensively, and identify what segment you’d like to pursue and then research companies in that segment to show close familiarity with the field and informed decision making.
• Do some informational interviews with people in that segment (they don’t need to be long – you can get a lot of info in 10-15 min).
• If possible, take a course related to the healthcare area of interest (even if you’re not done when you apply, being enrolled shows commitment).
• Volunteer in a related healthcare setting – most hospitals and many community clinics have volunteer opportunities.
• In your application essays, discuss these proactive steps you’ve taken to demonstrate commitment and passion for the field.
• Develop a compelling goals
path; also think about how your current and previous work experience has given you relevant skills to apply in the new career. This is an important step for a career changer.
• Also, think about how you’d market yourself to your target companies for MBA internships and employment, and make that clear in the essays.
I’m sure there are more steps you can take, but these are the ones that come most readily to mind --
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