As an outsider, breaking into an industry can often seem like an impossible challenge and so we reached out to some very generous folks who agreed to share their stories of how they broke into their respective industries.
I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoyed exploring the circumstances behind the physical illness that was being treated. From my standpoint, I believe it’s impossible to treat the things that go wrong in the body without assessing what is going on in a person’s mind. During medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, we rotated through many different clinical settings, but I found myself particularly drawn to working with US Military Veterans because something about listening to them was helping me understand things about my own life. Read more>>
Innergy Wellness in Vestavia Hills, Alabama opened their doors to me. At Innergy wellness, I have a healing room dedicated to reiki, spiritual cleansing and energy balancing. The beauty of being located at Innergy Wellness is the community that already exists bringing forth other healing modalities such as yoni steam. Before this year I used my healing gifts only in a church environment and amongst well known family and friends. This year I’ve stepped out to offer spiritual healing to the larger community. Read more>>
I was working as a staff nurse, as part of the management team, in the ICU at a very busy hospital in downtown Detroit. I had been working with Amber Dawn Orton (now my boss) as she was my coach for a couple of years as I competed in bodybuilding as a bikini competitor. I also had my own clients, but I was basically coaching them for free because I loved it so much. Amber caught wind of that and with me having 3 science degrees, she gave me a chance. Read more>>
I’ve learned early on in my healthcare career not all job interviews come with an immediate “YOUR HIRED, or a Welcome Aboard.” Some job interviews come with a complete silence as if you never applied. Ok, was I even qualified or maybe overqualified for my first position maybe not. Did I have the motivation and desire to get the position YES. You see, I was in my first year of BSN nursing school and really wanting to get into the hospital as a Labor & Delivery Nurse after college. Read more>>
I was working at the University of Maryland Baltimore in the President’s office. He created a partnership between EMD and three schools. elementary, middle and high school. Employees were able to volunteer 2-3 hours per week and I got interested in volunteering. I read to children in the local middle school. The director of the program asked me a question. “Joyce, did you know you can get paid for helping.?” Read more>>
When I was 16, I began my first job as a compounding technician working for Eric Holgate at Custom Prescription Shoppe in Augusta, GA. I fell in love with compounding and knew that I wanted to focus my career focusing on compounding pharmacy. I worked for him all during undergrad, during breaks in pharmacy school, and now we are business partners. Read more>>
I got started in the healthcare field as a Companion Aide for a Home Care Agency in 2002 at the age of 18. I wasn’t certified so I sat with elderly clients, cooked their meals, and supervised them to make sure they took their medication on time and made sure they avoided falls. The recruitment process was very simple. I applied, went in for the interview, attended orientation and started working with my first client the following week. Read more>>