San Francisco students majoring in a health care-related program are expected to have many job opportunities upon graduation. Recent information from Glassdoor shows more than 5,300 open healthcare jobs in San Francisco and over 15,000 jobs within a 25-mile radius. But even as the local economy surges, Lynnette Johnson, Human Resources Manager for the award-winning Diablo Valley Oncology and Hematology Medical Group, says students should also invest time in job shadowing, volunteering or interning to gain valuable work experience.

(Photo Courtesy of Lynnette Johnson)

(Photo Courtesy of Lynnette Johnson)

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What is your background and education?

“I received my Bachelor of Arts with a Business and Human Resource concentration from Simpson University and graduated with distinction from National University with a Master’s of Business Administration, specializing in Organizational Leadership. I’ve been with Diablo Valley Oncology for four years and truly love my job. I’m fortunate to do what I love every day, for an organization with solid values and a compassionate heart for making a difference in people’s lives.”

What type of services do you provide at Diablo Valley Oncology?

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“Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group (DVO) provides comprehensive cancer care to patients by bringing together medical oncology, hematology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, CT/MRI/PET-CT, clinical trials and research, and supportive care all in one convenient location. The specialized care you receive at DVO combines the best in clinical medicine with an outstanding staff and services that meet the individual needs of each patient. In January 2012, Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group joined practices with Pacific Urology, forming Contra Costa County’s first private multi-specialty group of its kind.”

What career advice can you share to students interested in a career in health care?

“Invest the time to job shadow or volunteer in various positions you may be interested in and even request an internship with the organization. This will help you narrow down specific positions and give you a better understanding of each role. Find something you’re passionate about and make your career out of it. You will enjoy going to work every day, if you are able to do that. I encourage you to always advance your professional and personal growth through continuing education, conferences, seminars, etc. Success requires hard work and dedication; believe in yourself and put in the effort. Find an organization whose mission and values resonate with you and will offer a mutually beneficial relationship.”

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