One fear that aspiring consultants share with me is that they worry that working solo from home will feel isolating. Many of us in the public health profession are used to working in very collaborative environments, with lots of interaction with colleagues and the communities we serve. So going off on our own can feel scary.

Read today’s post to learn about my top eight strategies to avoid isolation.

One career development strategy I strongly recommend is participation in Twitter chats, which are facilitated discussions on a focused topic. Participants use a specific hashtag (e.g., #publichealth) in their tweets so that fellow participants can see their responses and they can be included in the larger conversation. These chats promote networking, provide the opportunity to establish yourself as an expert in your niche, and initiate conversations on historic or timely topics.