Describing Weaknesses in a Job Interview – Medical Assistant Careers

If there’s one question most people dread in an interview it’s “describe your weaknesses.”  No one wants to admit they have faults, and you certainly don’t want to jeopardize a chance at a job by appearing inept. So keep these five factors in mind when answering this tricky interview question.
  1. Credible – A medical assistant who hates needles or a nursing assistant who says they don’t like working with people will not be a great candidate. If either of these statements where actually true you wouldn’t be in the healthcare field.
  2. Coach-able – Ideally you can present an example that you’ve already overcome. Perhaps you initially found it intimidating to work in an electronic health record, but you sought extra help from your instructors while in school and this is no longer true.
  3. Correctable – This is a weakness you haven’t corrected yet, but with some help could be easily resolved. Perhaps it’s difficult for you to multi-task, but if you take the time to write yourself reminders and create task lists you are able to address multiple things at once.
  4. Confess-able – This is not the time to spill your deepest, darkest secrets. Keep your answers strictly professional and relatable to the position you are seeking.
  5. Not Critical – Your answer should never raise a giant red flag. Saying something like “I can never find a vein on the first few tries” is probably going to end an interview pretty quickly.
The bottom line is, no one is perfect and employers know this. They want to determine how you are going to fit into their organization and existing structure. Keep your answers clear, simple, and truthful and you should have no problem answering this one.

New Career Financial Checklist

Congrats! All of your hard work in class and on internship has finally paid off and you just landed your first real job! This is super exciting and it can be tempting to start planning all of the great ways you are going to spend your new salary, but before you do here are a few tips to help you get set-up for long term success. 
  1. Fill out your tax forms correctly – While keeping a little extra money in your check now may be tempting, you won’t be so happy if you end up owing a tax bill in April.
 
  1. Contribute to Retirement – If it’s offered this is a great way to start setting yourself up long term. Putting away even a small part of your paycheck can have long term benefits.
 
  1. Insurance Coverage – Hopefully you won’t need it beyond routine care, but in the event of an emergency or major illness the premiums you pay will seem small compared to the bills you could be stuck with.
 
  1. Write Out Financial Goals – Remember that all those exciting things we talked about buying at the beginning of this article? You don’t have to say no to them forever, but you do need to develop a plan that will help you achieve them and not hurt you financially.
 
  1. Understand the Terms of Your Student Loans – You may have several months on the job before you have to start paying on your loans. Don’t forget about them though, build a monthly budget that takes into account paying these when the time comes.
 These are just a few tips to get you on the right financial path as you begin your new career and your adult life. To read more about these and other great tips please click here. If you are still working on the first step of YOUR great new career and are looking for an institution with nearly 60 years of experience for your educational goals please contact the Allen School today! You can visit www.allenschool.edu to learn about us and all the great opportunities we have for you.

Experiential Interviews

You’ve chosen a great new career path that can allow you to help others on a daily basis. You’ve spent many weeks learning and perfecting your clinical skills and now you have a potential employer who has offered you an interview…. an experiential interview. In short, while they may ask you some of the normal interview questions, they really want to know if you have the skills they need to serve their patients.It is not uncommon for a potential employer to ask you to work through a scenario that is common in their practice. This may include you demonstrating knowledge of a particular procedure they do on a regular basis, like giving injections in an allergy clinic or demonstrating the ability to work with a patient type, like children in a pediatric office.This can be intimidating but it’s important to keep a few things in mind. They simply want you to show that you have the basic ability to do these things; you don’t have to be perfect at it yet or do it “their way” They expect you to ask questions and to be open to corrections and suggestions. An employer may even want you to shadow other employees in their daily tasks before making you a job offer.Remember that these are all learning experiences and will add to your overall success. Take every opportunity to learn and hone your skills. Work with the Career Services department to go over any feedback you receive from potential employers. If it’s noted you need to work on a certain skill be sure to practice and ask our academics team for help in making your clinical skills stronger.Remember that the whole Allen School team is here to help you into your new career from day one and beyond. Your success is our success.

February is Heart Month

February is heart health month and the Allen School is proud to support this important cause through our Institution for hope Campaign. Today we’d like to share with you 5 heart healthy foods that are not only delicious, but will help keep your heart happy and healthy for years to come.
  1. Salmon – This tasty fish is rich in Omega-3s. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 servings of salmon per week. Some other options are tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel.
 
  1. Walnuts – They are full of “healthy” monosaturated fats that can help cut your heart disease risk. They also contain Omega-3s but not the same kind as those in Salmon. Some other options are almonds, cashews, pistachios, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
 
  1. Raspberries – They contain polyphenols which are an antioxidant. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins. Other options are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pretty much any other berries.
 
  1. Fat Free or Low Fat Milk and Yogurt – Dairy product contain potassium which can help lower blood pressure, but by choosing low fat or fat free options you reduce your intake of saturated fats. Other options are bananas, oranges, and potatoes which are all good sources of potassium.
 
  1. Chick Peas – They are high in fiber and an excellent way to lower your HDL or bad cholesterol. Just be sure to look for low salt or salt free options. Other options are Eggplant, okra, apples, and pears.
 You can find more heart healthy food by clicking here.You can also contact the Allen School today to find out about exciting classes that can lead to a career you can love in health care. Please visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more. Classes are enrolling now!

Resolution Check Up

January is almost over…how are your New Year resolutions holding out? If the diet is more cheat days than good eating days and the gym membership card hasn’t been swiped since you signed up let us help get you inspired to get things back on track.
  1. Remember the Why – Take some time and think about the reasons you made your resolution in the first place. Think about the people in your life who will benefit if you follow through on your goal. Make a list of the benefits you will gain if you see things through.
  2. 2. Find Some Support – You are certainly not the only person who made a resolution. Chances are a friend, family member, or classmate had similar goals to yours. Now is a great time to start encouraging each other to follow through on that resolution. Maybe you become workout buddies or maybe just send each other texts of encouragement. No matter what you will be more likely to keep your resolution if you have someone to encourage you.
  3. Plan Ahead – Maybe it all seemed easy on paper when you made your goals but now you see that life is making things challenging. Take some time to sit down and address those things that are holding you back. If you aren’t able to cook healthy meals during the week consider prepping and freezing foods on the weekend that won’t take so much work. If child care isn’t working out consider finding a way to include your children in your goals. Not only will they see your progress, but they will see the benefits of hard work and dedication.
No matter what your New Year Resolution is we hope these tips help you keep on track and achieve your goals.If one of your New Year resolutions was to go back to school and start working towards a new career it’s not too late to start! Our winter classes are enrolling now and there are few seats left. Visit www.allenschool.edu to get started today.

We Have a Dream…For YOU!

In the month of January not only do we celebrate a brand new year full of bright new beginnings, we also celebrate one of the most influential civil rights leaders of all time. Martin Luther King Jr dedicated his life to the betterment of people everywhere and one of his most iconic speeches ever was entitled “I Have a Dream” in this speech he spoke to the dreams he had for every person to lead a truly rewarding and meaningful life.For nearly 60 years the Allen School has dedicated itself to the betterment of our students through education. While we would never dream of comparing ourselves to the iconic MLK we do have one thing in common, and that is that we also have a dream. We dream of success and fulfilment for every student that enters our programs. With that in mind we’d like to share our dreams for you, our students.We dream that when you come through our doors you find a welcoming environment at all of our campuses. From the front desk to admissions, Financial Aid, Student and Career Services and beyond, we hope your first visit allows you to see where your educational journey can take you.We dream that when you enter the classroom on the first day of school our instructors show you what a difference you are going to make in the lives of each and every one of your patients. We hope that you learn something new every day and that by the end of your journey you take pride in how far you have come.We dream that at graduation you share your tremendous accomplishments with your friends and family and maybe even inspire one of them to embark on their own journey of learning and education so they too can better themselves just like you are.And finally we dream that you find a better and more rewarding life for yourself and your family, as you embark on your new career. We hope you reach all of the goals that you set for yourself in the very beginning when you had your first interview with our admissions staff.These are our dreams for you, our student.From the Allen School family to you we wish you the very best of luck in achieving your dreams as you walk the path to a better life through education.

The Allen School Difference

 Are you looking for a school with a history of success? How about a school that takes learning beyond the classroom and into the community? Does a wide range of support teams sound like just what YOU need to be successful? Then you’ve come to the right place.Multiple campus locations: With campuses in Brooklyn, Phoenix, and Jamaica Queens, we make it convenient for you to earn a high-quality education to get you started in your healthcare career.Institution For HOPE: New MA and NA classes pick a cause that is important to them and the community as a whole. They learn about this cause, work with organizations involved in the same cause and raise awareness. Breast Cancer research, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s awareness are just a few examples.Start YOUR New Career Sooner: We ONLY teach healthcare classes. Your dreams of becoming a medical assistant and joining the healthcare industry can come true in less time than you can imagineJoin A Fast-Growing Industry: The job growth in the medical assistance and nursing assistance fields is expected to grow by 29 percent between 2016 and 2026 **. Joining our school means positioning yourself for better employment opportunities.Student Services: The Allen School’s Support Staff offers mentorship, links students with other departments, and provide the necessary support needed to help learners begin working towards their career dreams.Expert Faculty: It’s no secret that great teachers make great students. That’s why our instructors have rich and diverse medical backgrounds. They are knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about teaching.The Allen School of Health Sciences has all that you need to launch your healthcare career.  We are ready to help you from enrollment to graduation and beyond. If you are ready to start building a new YOU in 2019 now is the time to visit our website and get started.

Top Reasons to Choose a Career in Healthcare

Deciding on a career path is big decision. Sometimes we know from a very early age what we want to be when we grow up. Most often we need to explore many different career options before we find the one that really matches what we hope to have in our lives. One thing many people agree on though is a career in the field of healthcare is one of the most rewarding choices you can make.Here are 5 great reasons to choose a career in healthcare:
  1. Choices and Room to Grow – From specialties to patient types the choices in healthcare are seemingly endless, and there’s always room to grow. Many employers offer entry level employees opportunities to goes as far as they wish to become a more integral part of the field.
 
  1. You Will Feel Needed – By your patients, by your co-workers, and by everyone you encounter every day.
 
  1. Meet Many Different People – Healthcare workers interact with different people everyday, including patients, doctors, and medical staff.
 
  1. Healthcare is Exciting – You never know what’s going to happen, and have to stay one your toes, solve problems and make good decisions. Every day is different.
 
  1. You Can Go Anywhere – Healthcare jobs are in demand everywhere. With portable skills, you can go where you want.
 So what are you waiting for? Visit us today to find out if a career in healthcare is the perfect fit for YOU! Visit our website at www.allenschool.edu to learn more. Classes are enrolling now at all campuses.

How Does YOUR Social Media Add Up

It is rare to find anyone out there today who is not active on some sort of social media. We post, share, tweet, and comment on everything from what was for dinner last night to major events going on in the world. It can be easy to forget sometimes that what gets posted on the internet can play a big part in your future career in the healthcare field.Pictures – This is an easy one. It may be tempting to post that great selfie in your new bikini. Or snapchat the epic tower of cans from your last party with the guys, but think before you post. While your friends may give you a hundred thumbs up, your future employer may give you a great big thumbs down.  As a general rule if you wouldn’t show the picture to your mother, or better yet your grandmother, it is probably best left off your social media.Jokes and Memes – Most employers are going to overlook the occasional off color joke, but take a look at your posts as a whole. Is there a theme or trend that may make them take a closer look? If you’re trying to get a job as a Medical Assistant and all of your memes are about how doctors treat their co-workers for example, this could be enough to get you over looked for a position.Language and Drama – Obviously crude language is going to throw up a red flag to a potential employer, as is major drama that is shared in such a public setting, but employers also look at how well you write in general. If you cannot spell or use proper grammar, you may not be the candidate they want notating their patient records.LinkedIn – Do you have one? Do you use it properly? Your account should be completely filled out and have an appropriate picture. Also consider joining groups on LinkedIn that interest you, they aren’t all business related. An active user on LinkedIn who contributes posts to groups presents a more professional appearance to employers.Security Settings – They are there to be used. It is usually wise to not share every single bit of your account with the entire world. Create friend groups for more personal posts (like the pictures mentioned above) and only post publicly if there’s absolutely no question in your mind that the post won’t raise any questions to an employer. Wishing grandma a happy birthday makes a great public post, that bikini selfie mentioned above…. Not so much.Make Sure Your Story Matches – If you claim on LinkedIn that you’re employed full time at a great company and work really hard, don’t post on Facebook at 10am that you have just gotten a high score in Candy Crush. Either you are not employed where you say you are, or you are playing Candy Crush at work. An employer is going to give both these possibilities serious consideration as they are looking for job candidates. Have Social Media Accounts – Strange as it sounds your social media presence now makes up a big part of employers researching potential candidates. If you don’t exist at all on Social Media it can raise just as many questions as it does when you overshare. If social media just isn’t your thing, at the minimum make sure to establish a LinkedIn account that you update a few times a year.For better or worse social media is a major part of our society, and it does have an impact on both securing and keeping a job. The Career Services department at the Allen School of Health Sciences is here to help you gain every advantage you can as you start on the path to your new career in healthcare. If you are ready to be part of the Allen School Family give us a call today at 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu. #allenschoolsuccess

Cool Job Titles We Wish Existed

Have you ever read a job title and you weren’t quite sure what the job actually was? Perhaps you wondered if you or anyone in the world was actually qualified to be “direct mail demi-god” or a “wizard of lightbulb moments” while many of these crazy job titles are found in job sectors like sales and marketing we thought it would be fun to put together our own list of creative job titles we wish more offices and clinics would use: 
  1. Scheduling Ninja – This just sounds so much more fun than medical office receptionist, or front office scheduler. Of course then the office manager would probably be referred to as the Scheduling Sensei…. Another cool job title to aspire to.
  2. Rooming Guru – you know that one cool MA that keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine and knows where every patient, doctor, and tongue depressor is at any given time.
  3. Rock Star of Vitals – Getting a blood pressure cuff on a squirming toddler should be no problem for someone with such a cool job title. No one-hit-wonders here. Just heights, weights, BPs and more documented neatly and ready for the physician at a moment’s notice
  4. Laboratory Hero – From finger pokes to blood draws this healthcare worker has it all covered, and can help providers get their results back at the speed of light.
  5. Magician of Meds – Conjuring up refills and documenting medications as if by magic. This MA will do everything they can to make sure you never miss a dose.
We can go on and but the truth is every healthcare worker is a ninja, guru, rock star, hero, and magician every day, even if their job titles don’t come out and state it. If you are ready to start your own career in healthcare please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu to learn more. Our Masters of Education Readiness (Admission Advisors) can’t wait to help you get started on a rewarding career today.