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Phillip James McGuckin on Staying Motivated & Making a Difference

With several years of experience in the healthcare industry, Phillip James McGuckin is a diligent and hard-working professional that hopes to make a difference. He works as an analytics specialist and prides himself on his expertise in database querying, data analysis, and data interpretation. Phillip James McGuckin graduated from Central Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor […]

With several years of experience in the healthcare industry, Phillip James McGuckin is a diligent and hard-working professional that hopes to make a difference. He works as an analytics specialist and prides himself on his expertise in database querying, data analysis, and data interpretation.

Phillip James McGuckin graduated from Central Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Administration with a minor in Marketing. He began his career in the healthcare industry with an internship at the John D. Dingell Medical Center in the systems redesign department. Specifically, he worked as a program analyst and assisted with strategic planning and operational improvement. He went on to St. John Providence-Partners in Care in the managed care department where he worked as an application systems analyst. In this role, he assisted with population health management, application system support, and database management.

With outstanding leadership, Phillip James McGuckin also possesses exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. He strives to maintain a flexible and adaptive work ethic. When he isn’t working, Phillip enjoys spending time with his family, as he believes it is important to have a healthy work-life balance.

1. In the last few years, what lifestyle, habit or behavior change has had the biggest positive impact on your life?

Generally speaking, I would say maturing as an individual has had the biggest positive impact on my life. Graduating college, starting a career, getting married, and starting a family have all positively impacted me and helped me mature on both a personal and professional level. These rites of passage are very fulfilling.

2. When you feel unfocused, what do you do?

When my focus begins to dissipate, I usually take break to help me get back on track. I’ll go for a quick walk and take some deep breaths to help clear my mind before reengaging in the task I’m trying to accomplish. For me, this helps provide clarity and, in that break, I take, sometimes I am able to solve my problem, or I think of a solution that can help me better complete my task. It may seem counter-productive, but if your mind is elsewhere, taking a break helps. Sometimes your mind needs some space.

3. What advice would you give a smart and ambitious recent college graduate? What advice should they ignore?

I would tell recent college graduates that you’re likely not going to understand the various aspects of your work industry until you begin to accrue experience in your field and that its very beneficial to seek mentorship from individuals who’ve been in the industry and you should be openly receptive of their advice. Knowledge is power and the more of it that you can gain through either education or a mentorship the better. School often doesn’t prepare you for the workforce, so try not to be discouraged when you start your first job and it takes you a while to get a grasp of your work. Find someone in the industry or better yet in your workplace when you do land your first job that can help you out.

I will also say don’t be overly selective and demanding when it comes to landing your first job post-college. As long as the opportunity is in your industry and aligns with your interests, have realistic expectations and realize that gaining experience is paramount. No one lands their dream job right out of the starting gate. You have to work your way up. The more effort and commitment you make to bettering yourself, the more payoff you will see in the end. Keep with it and don’t be discouraged.

4. What is one lifestyle trend that excites you?

Wearable exercise technology is a very intriguing lifestyle trend in many aspects. From how rapidly the technology is evolving, to health benefits, how much it raises an individual’s self-awareness on their well-being, and potential life-saving capabilities such as those it has already exhibited in recent history. People are more aware of how many steps they are actually taking in a day and strive to get those recommended 10,000 steps. If everyone was more self aware with this technology, we would be a healthier society overall.

5. With or without naming names (whatever you’d prefer), who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

The biggest influence in my life up to this point would have to be my mentor who gave me an internship opportunity as I was wrapping up my college degree. He provided me with a wealth of knowledge in working within the healthcare industry. This helped me establish a network of connections throughout the industry and realize the value of developing interpersonal relationships. He also helped broaden my knowledge on how analytics was going to be and now is a key driver in advancing the healthcare industry; and also realize the importance of having a keen sense of detail in regard to data analytics.

6. What’s one of the biggest life lessons you’ve learned?

From a business standpoint, I’ve learned the importance of being open minded and being receptive and eager to learn from others within your industry. This is most vital early on in your career. When you leave school and land your first job you feel like you can conquer the world, but you need to take all the advice you can get from others. Also, as mentioned previously, I learned the importance of establishing a network of connections within your industry as this is extremely likely to benefit you in the future. Specifically, a mentor will be able to help you when you’re getting started.

7. What do you think it is that makes you/someone successful?

I believe that discovering a job/career that your passionate about is vital in setting an individual up for sustained success. Finding something that your passionate about not only drives an eagerness to learn and expand your knowledge, but I believe it also makes it much easier to attain success. That passion and excitement for your job will then translate to your colleagues and potential business partners and will help you move forward.

8. How do you stay motivated?

Working in the healthcare industry, even though not on the clinical side, I know that the work I’m performing helps improve the quality of care being delivered to patients and subsequently how that can potentially impact their lives in a positive way. This is very motivating for me. The work I do matters and has the ability to transform the industry as a whole with new technology and data every day. Especially with how things are currently in the world, it is important that we are able to provide accurate and thorough information to our front-line caregivers so that they can stay safe and treat patients as quickly as possible.

9. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?

From a business perspective, that I was extremely hardworking, motivated, and eager to make a difference in the healthcare industry. From a personal perspective, that I was a caring and thoughtful individual who puts others’ (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) best interests ahead of my own. These are aspects that I currently express in my daily life with the hope that they will become a part of my legacy.

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