As a Health Educator, you mentor your clients every day. Have you had the opportunity to be a mentor to a peer? Do people regularly seek you out for advice or words of encouragement? Share a story with the interviewer of a recent time you mentored a co-worker. Tell the interviewer why they came to you, what the outcome was and what you both learned throughout the process.
"One of my fellow co-workers has a fear of speaking to large audiences. Knowing that I have first-hand experience and a passion for this, he approached me for help. I was able to help him prepare his presentation and he practiced to me a couple of times to the point where he felt comfortable enough to do the presentation. The thanks that I received from him were all the appreciation in the world that I needed for helping him out."
"Being new to the field, I haven't directly coached another Health Educator, but I was a trainer at my employers that I had through my college years. As an experienced bartender, the owner of my establishment trusted me to take new employees under my wing and train them how to make drinks, work efficiently and provide the best customer service possible. These skills will transfer well to this career."
"In my current role working for a large private business, I get the wonderful opportunity to work with and train a Health Education intern each year. Working with the interns provides me the chance to pass along the necessary skills to succeed in this field and I receive many showings of gratitude from the program director at the local university. One particular student was very bright and I could tell had almost all of the skills to succeed in this career, but the one area they were lacking in was confidence in the field. I first started with a 1:1 talk to help her understand that she had all the skills needed to be confident. Next, I entrusted her to lead a project on her own for the remainder of her time with us. In watching her succeed in the project, I wrote her a great letter of recommendation and was delighted when she was hired at a local healthcare organization. We still see each other at business events on a regular basis and have become great friends."