7 Tips to Help You Enhance Your Carey Experience

Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS
Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS

Hassan A. Tetteh is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine, and served as Division Lead for Futures and Innovation at Navy Medicine’s Headquarters, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. His clinical work includes cardiovascular disease management, heart failure surgery, and heart and lung transplantation. Tetteh is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management, board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, healthcare management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Information overload is typical in business school and you need practical advice to enhance your Carey Business School experience. The 7 tips below, learned from other Carey graduates, helped me tremendously and led to extraordinary opportunities that have defined my career thus far.


1. Learn exactly what the ‘takeaways’ will be before you sign up for any class. This knowledge will provide clarity and focus and help you manage expectations through assignments and coursework. In one Carey course, our professor’s key takeaway was to develop a final research project suitable for peer-reviewed publication. Our team worked toward that goal during the course, achieved excellent grades, and our research was published by the end of the academic year.

2. If you are sitting in an elective class for two weeks wondering when it’s going to get better, drop it. Life is too short. You are making a significant investment of time, energy, and resources at Carey. You want a great return on your investment and an experience that will help you grow.


3. Networking is everything! This is true in life and in business. Building relationships is just as important as your coursework. Carey has rich diversity of students and talent and this is your opportunity to develop networking skills. Take the initiative. You will be glad you did. Many fellow Carey classmates assumed leadership positions after graduation, and the best career and professional job opportunities still come from my fellow classmates.

4. Join LinkedIn now, if you haven’t already, and update your profile regularly. Proudly share your Carey Business School affiliation and connect with classmates. Invariably, other students will have awe-inspiring resumes, faculty will have multiple degrees and publications, and leaders from all over the world will grace the Carey campus. Do not be intimidated and don’t undersell yourself – you’re equals here. Embrace the Carey community. You have much to offer and your fellow students and faculty can learn much from your experience.


5. If you came to Carey Business School contemplating a career change, you’re not alone. I knew I wanted to do more than just ‘heart surgery’ after graduation. Decide what you want and set goals. If you are not sure, talk to your fellow classmates. You will gain tremendous insight as you explain to others what you want. Always work toward your goals and network throughout the year.

6. Make use of Johns Hopkins University: Learn about other parts of Hopkins. If the work of Hopkins’ faculty from other schools interests you, make an appointment to visit with them. Leverage your Hopkins alumni networks. They are invaluable.

7. Finally, always remember: Show up on time. Show up prepared. Be professional.

Share what you learn and “pay it forward” after graduation to help the next generation of students. You will get out of Carey Business School what you put into it, and no one will discover your potential for you. Use this unique opportunity wisely.

For Carey students: Join the Career Development team on Monday, April 3rd, at our DC campus for Dr. Tetteh’s presentation “Risk Taking, Contribution, and Perseverance.” Click here to register for this event through Carey Compass. Not able to attend Dr. Tetteh’s session in DC? We have good news: you can access the event through Adobe Connect!

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