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I have learned that I am a lifelong learner and that in order to grow I have to continually be self-reflective in order to develop.
Pursuing a Master’s degree offers an opportunity to acquire new skills and to improve relative standing in a competitive field for those graduates who attempt to set themselves apart from the rest of the industry. As Linda Leung’s career began to takeoff, she decided to pursue further education in order to take on more responsibilities within her field. She chose Morris Graduate School, where she completed her Master of Management in Health Care Administration in 2013. Currently, Leung holds the role of Director of Cardiology Services at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Working full-time while pursuing an advanced degree is not an easy task, but choosing a university that best fits the graduate student’s needs helps alleviate this problem. Leung chose to attend Morris Graduate School’s Chicago campus because of the program’s accelerated schedule and flexibility with her full-time job as Nuclear Imaging and Cardiac Diagnostic Center Managing Coordinator at Tenet Weiss Memorial Hospital. “Robert Morris University has helped me reach my career goals by providing a Master’s program that was feasible to accomplish in a reasonable amount of time while working full-time,” she states.
The graduate program helped Leung improve, as well as gain technical skills as a medical professional. At the same time, the program immersed her in new areas of study that she has since utilized in her various positions. “I utilize the communication tools I learned in Professor Lowe’s course constantly because I often produce company memos, marketing materials, and business meeting documents,” she shares. As Leung continues to grow in her position, she hopes to move into a Vice President role at a mission based hospital or hospital system in the near future.
Since graduating, Leung has continued to give back to the RMU and local communities. She helps prepare meals for distribution at The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing and health care to members of the community struggling with poverty or homelessness. Leung also assists with serving dinner and coordinating monthly bingo events at Marah’s Place, an organization that provides alternative living arrangement for disabled women. Recently, Leung was selected as the Keynote Speaker for the April 25th RMU Commencement Ceremony at the Arlington Heights campus, where she will share her story with new graduates.
In order to build a career in any field, graduates need to do more than just complete a college degree. Leung’s experience in her occupation has taught her many things about the necessary skills for landing a dream job, as well as how to apply herself in the most effective way in various job roles. “The ability to build strong relationship is the number one tool that has helped move my career forward. Utilizing your network is imperative to success in the business world,” she shares. Leung also advises graduates looking to enter her field to expose themselves to direct clinical care as part of the preparation for leading and managing others in healthcare. She also suggests finding a mentor who is an industry professional for career guidance.
Linda Leung’s career accomplishments have been made possible in part due to her continued education, as well as her hard work and fortitude. As she continues to move forward, Leung reflects upon what she has learned about herself through the journey, “I have learned that I am a lifelong learner and that in order to grow I have to continually be self-reflective in order to develop.”