I knew immediately I wanted to continue working in a hospital. I absolutely loved the environment and the many opportunities it presented career wise. I spent a few years working as a secretary and admin assistant before I heard about medical coding. I started asking questions and researching and knew it was what I wanted to spend the rest of my working life doing. Working with numbers, working in healthcare and working in an office! I enrolled in classes through the hospital and local college, and have been working as a medical coder, then auditor and now coding manager since.
I've since taken college classes to learn other areas of coding and managing and continue to take courses that relate to my career because the more I know the more valuable I am to my employer, which is true of any occupation. I'm still always thinking of the next move up and learning what I need to learn to help make that happen.
I was always interested in Electricity and electronic, and also like computers. I started to get a Master Degree in electrical engineering when electricity told me to go away. So I did computer science, which in a way is only electric signals getting through based on code. So not that far. The idea of attending college is I wanted a job that was interesting, and since I like problem solving / design, I needed to have some high degree to be able to design after school. Also, I loved science so I wanted to learn a lot about it. And finally, there was of course the wages that would rise quickly (in my mind) if I had a higher degree than lower because I wanted to have a big family so I wanted to be able to sustain them.
My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Business Administration (MBA - Operational Management). My career first started out as a Computer Statistical Analyst for a Market Research firm. The position was an opportunity to utilize what I learned from my business classes in college. But, a majority of my learning was through on the job training and mentoring from senior staff members. Through the years and changes in the economy, various positions were held from Customer Service, Resource Management and Data Analytics.
One's career path is always in flux. Constant learning and adapting to one's environment are necessary for professional development, growth and advancement. One should always keep moving forward no matter how many obstacles that life puts along the career journey.
I am a Consultant in Corporate Finance. Daily activities include project management, data analysis, collaboration with team members and partners, summary analysis reports and presentations, etc. The majority of my responsibilities center around telling the story behind the data and utilizing visualization tools like Tableau and Qlik to achieve this goal. My inspiration comes from making sense of jumbled up data and producing analysis reports and presentations that have a positive impact on the financial health of the company.
Working for a major corporation, there are opportunities for one to take advantage of for professional growth and development. Job shadowing, tuition reimbursement, position rotations, etc. will provide one to learn more about the various positions within company, network, learn what is required from experience to education, etc. My current company encourages advanced degrees, certifications and other means for professional growth and development. The career journey is constantly evolving.
Best wishes in your future endeavors and career goals!