Another Student Success Story!23 April 2014
Meet Alejandro Quesada, Medical Assistant Graduate
What were you doing prior to enrolling at Pioneer Pacific College? I had just lost my job and was trying to figure out what my next move was.
Why did you choose Pioneer Pacific College? I chose Pioneer Pacific College because I have some friends who have attended and graduated from there and are now employed in their careers.
Why did you choose the Medical Assisting program? I wanted to help others and do something different with my life. I have worked in very physically labor strenuous jobs, so when I lost my job, I viewed this as my opportunity to venture into this completely new field; healthcare has always interested me and this was, I felt, my first step into the world of helping others.
What were some of your challenges while a student at Pioneer Pacific College?The accelerated program. I knew it was going to be a fast track but did not realize how much so until I got into the program. The medical field itself was all completely new to me.
What were some of your successes? Completing all the course work and the course itself, getting better grades than I thought I would for being out of school for 10+ years, getting a job after finishing, and being able to give my life more meaning and purpose.
What was the job search process like for you? I had high hopes to get a position with the place where I completed my externship but there were not any positions available at the time. I applied at a couple other places, interviewed, and got hired then was contacted shortly after by the clinic where I externed and they offered me a position that had become available. I accepted before starting the other position. I could not be happier with the outcome of school and gaining employment in a month after completing the program.
What are your future career goals? I hope to gain more skills, experience and knowledge and to succeed in my current position and maintain my national certification. My long term goal is possibly to return to school and complete another program within the medical field.
What advice would you like to give other students at Pioneer Pacific College? Try your best, believe in yourself, don’t give up or doubt yourself. When you get to do an externship, represent yourself and Pioneer Pacific College in a professional manner. First impressions count and it may be what lands you a job at the end!