Professional Development

12 Sep

My main motivation for moving to DC over a year ago was to grow my career.  I was stagnant in my profession in my hometown, and I knew that I had more potential I just needed the opportunity.  Fast forward to early this week, where I was promoted to upper management.  I had a little laugh that day as I remember when I was with my previous employer I signed up for a company sponsored class to become a master user for our EMR software.  My co-workers thought I was being silly and that what I was doing was a waste of time.  When I would bring back what I learned to help make our department run more efficiently, one of the doctors told me that while what I learned was nice, no one would ever use it.  But on Monday, I was holding up my lighter singing “Redemption Song.”  The EMR that “no one would use” is being deployed this week and guess who is the ONLY person in the ENTIRE department that not only knows it, but is a certified Master User?  I am her.  This “insignificant” class that  spanned over three sessions that was FREE has added an additional 10k a year to my salary.  The lesson here, is never let someone tell you what does and does not matter.  If I had listened to that doctor and  given up my pursuit of learning something new, I would have never gotten to this point.  Also, take advantage of ALL the opportunities your job has.  No one says that you have to use what you learned there forever.  Each new thing that came my way I picked up.  Why?  Because while others looked at it as “not in their job description”, I looked at those assignments as new bullet points to my resume and I took those assignments and turned them into opportunities to move up.  Never be afraid to learn something new….you never know where it can take you!


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