My Story: Transitioning from Food Service to Healthcare

Hey everyone,
It has been a while since I last wrote on here, but I have a very good reason as to why. I recently started a new job as a Patient Care Technician for a Hemodialysis Center. I am currently in training so I haven’t had a chance to write as much as I wanted to. But I wanted to come on here today and share how I went from working at a fast food restaurant to working in the healthcare field.
When I was 18-19 years old I started my first job at a fast food restaurant while I was in college for fashion design. I was so excited to actually start a job right after graduating from high school, it was close to home, and I also got free food too. It was a pretty easy job at the beginning for someone being a young broke college student. Then there is this thing called life that comes in and switches things up on you like transferring schools, not being able to afford the tuition, and the lack of interest and passion for what you wanted to do in life. As well as not being happy in a job that never really piqued my interest. Eventually, I went on to a higher position, took a break from school to help pay off the tuition, and I started taking free classes at my local community college to do something with my time.
The free classes were actually trade/career classes in specific fields. For some reason, I was drawn to the health care field. Mind you I never volunteered at a hospital, the sight of blood always made me nauseated, and I never liked needles. But when I took my first class, I was blown away with how important health care was. And the fact that there are so many opportunities and routes that you can go into. But most importantly giving quality care to those in need really touched my heart and that something that I want to give. Because you never know, you could be a patient in need and you would want quality care from someone that cares.
So from then on, I received three certifications from the NHA with the same community college. I am a CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) CMA (Certified Medical Assistant), and a CEHS (Certified Electronic Health Specialist). Now I’m studying to become a CCHT which is a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician to go along with my new position as a PCT, a Patient Care Technician in a Hemodialysis clinic.
During my time studying for those certifications and working. I was determined to find something that would take my four years of food service skills and my educational background. Believe me, it was so hard to find a job with my lack of hands-on health care experience. You will start to think that maybe it was a waste of time and maybe you’ll be stuck in the job you’ve outgrown. But in reality, it won’t be a waste of time. After all of that hard work you put in, you will find that job you are searching for. Just like I did! It took a while but eventually, I found what I was looking for to get my foot in the door of health care. But my journey isn’t stopping here!
I am currently back in school studying for my bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Biology. And I am thinking of studying for nursing and maybe med school to become a Physicians Assistant. Who knows? I wanted to share my experience of starting from the bottom and how hard work really pays off. I mean if I can do it, so can you. This is coming from someone who was studying fashion design with an artist background and working at a fast food restaurant to now. I am working with patients, wearing cute scrubs, and gaining the experience I need to get to where I want to be in the future.
With that being said, thank you for reading my long story. I hope this will help and inspire anyone regardless of what field you are in. Remember hard work, determination, and faith are the keys to success!
See you next time!

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