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ASSISTANTS: BOOST YOUR CAREER!

Your career is the sum of all your knowledge and skills and the network you’ve built from your education, training, and previous positions. There’s no end to the building process. Every day is an opportunity to create the career you want. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Show your value—become an ASHA-certified assistant (starting in 2020). To learn more, fill out the form below.

 

NEVER STOP LEARNING

Be curious about your profession and your employer. Spend time reading professional publications and blogs. Sign up for training when it’s offered, and even discuss external training opportunities with your supervisor. Join a special interest group (SIG); these are professional communities that focus on a specific topic in speech, language, hearing, and related areas. You’ll find a wealth of information and communities through ASHA, devoted to many topics including school-based issues, telepractice, hearing and hearing disorders in childhood, and craniofacial and velopharyngeal disorders, among others. Plus, SIGs are a great way to build your network of colleagues.

PARTNER WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR

Collaboration works. Your supervisor is your most valuable asset in terms of procedures and appropriate tasks related to your position. They can help you grow! Always listen to what they share and ask questions. Make sure you try to see the big picture in the same way that they do.

SET GOALS AND STRETCH YOURSELF

Set small goals throughout the year related to your daily work. Identify new skills you can learn to help you advance. Make a list of goals and set deadlines for reaching them. Share them with your supervisor. With your supervisor’s permission, expand outside your comfort zone—present at a meeting, write an article for your organization’s newsletter, or something else that makes you stretch.

JUMP RIGHT IN

Take initiative and volunteer for new tasks. You never know what you’ll learn along the way. See each of these new opportunities as a chance to learn and grow.

SEEK FEEDBACK

Doing continual self-assessment is important, but so is getting feedback from others. Make sure you ask for feedback with some key questions like, “How is this working for you?” or, “What could I do to make this even better next time?” These simple questions can help you continually learn and advance.

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We're glad you're interested in ASHA's assistants certification program. We'd love to learn more about you. We'll be in touch with more information and resources to help you prepare for certification.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

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