Charting Your Healthcare Journey: Ways to gain transferable skills without leaving campus

Embarking on a journey in the expansive field of healthcare is not just about mastering technical skills; it’s a holistic experience that involves developing an array of transferable skills crucial for success in any healthcare setting. When we think of jobs in the healthcare field, our minds jump to medical skills such as placing an IV or reading a heart rhythm. But other experiences can teach us transferable skills that are crucial for working in the health care setting; skills that are learned from one experience and can be applied to other jobs. Some skills that are vital to healthcare professions include: adaptability, collaboration, prioritization, communication, time management, compassion, and organization. If you are looking for an opportunity to practice or gain these skills there are places to look outside of a hospital setting; in fact, these skills can be developed right on campus!

Student Organizations

One avenue for comprehensive skill development is through active participation in student organizations. Binghamton hosts an impressive array of clubs and organizations (over 450!), each offering a unique platform to hone skills that seamlessly translate to the healthcare environment. For instance, Wishmakers and Habitat for Humanity provide avenues not just to learn compassion but to actively apply it in real-world scenarios, aiding those in need and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Similarly, organizations with a specific healthcare focus, such as the Nursing Student Association, the Medical Research Interest Club, and Harpur’s Ferry, not only deepen knowledge in specialized fields but also instill collaboration and time management – skills that are indispensable in healthcare professions. With an extensive list of clubs available on campus, B-Engaged serves as a valuable resource, allowing students to explore and join organizations aligned with their interests and career goals.

Student Employment

Aside from student organization opportunities, student employment opportunities at Binghamton provide hands-on experiences that extend beyond academic learning. There are a range of student employment opportunities available on campus throughout a variety of campus offices. On-campus positions not only offer financial compensation but also expose students to a professional work environment encouraging adaptability, organization, and effective time management. Keeping an eye on Hirebing, the University’s platform for job postings, to discover a range of on-campus opportunities. The Student Employment website is also an excellent resource!

Research Opportunities

Research offers yet another avenue for transferable skill development. Binghamton University actively emphasizes the significance of research, providing numerous programs for students in virtually any major on campus. The Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program, for instance, enables students to engage in research from the early stages of their academic journey. The Summer Scholars and Artists program and the Source Project provide opportunities for in-depth research experiences during the summer months. Additionally, you can find available research opportunities all throughout the academic year through the Campus Research Opportunity Program (CROP) database. 

Engaging in research not only sharpens analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills but also hones communication and collaboration abilities. Whether working on a team project or presenting findings at conferences, students gain valuable insights into effective communication, adaptability in the face of challenges, and organization/synthesis of data – all skills directly applicable to the healthcare setting.


Volunteering offers yet another route to enhance one’s skill set. Beyond the altruistic aspect of contributing to the community, volunteering allows students to acquire skills crucial in a hospital setting, such as effective communication, compassion and empathy, adaptability, and organization. Binghamton University actively promotes volunteering through various opportunities posted on the B-Line announcements and the Center of Civic Engagement‘s webpage, ensuring that students have access to diverse and impactful community engagement experiences.

It can be a little overwhelming when applying for healthcare graduate programs and professional positions when you feel like you have no experience. But don’t fret! Direct healthcare experience is only one piece of the puzzle. By participating in some of the opportunities mentioned above, you will be well on your way to gaining the skills necessary to be an effective and compassionate healthcare professional. And remember, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is here to help you every step of the way!

This blog was created with the help of AI.

By Kaavya Meegada
Kaavya Meegada Senior Peer Consultant