Diploma Gives Student Confidence to Start Her Career
Jul 16, 2012
Samantha Stacy (pictured), a graduate from the Pikeville Campus phlebotomy program, feels confident in her new career as a field service representative for Calloway Labs. “One important key to self-confidence is preparation,” she explained. “Thanks to National College I feel very prepared for my new job with Calloway Labs.”
Before coming to National, Samantha worked as a customer service representative. “It came to the point where I thought ‘I don’t want to be 40 sitting in this little cubicle doing the same thing,’” she recalled. In her new role, she has escaped the cubicle and travels to doctors’ offices and clinics to perform drug testing.
Phlebotomy has always interested her, Samantha shares – explaining how the program was an easy choice, “My mother is a diabetic so being around needles was something that I was used to,” she stated. She also liked that the program took just 6 months to complete.
Samantha said that the atmosphere in her classes at National College was a pleasant change from that of the community college classes that she had attended in the past. “I’ve had professors before who had no idea who I was,” she said, “To be able to have them interact with me [at National] and know who I am on a daily basis made a big difference to me.”
When her program was near completion, Samantha worked diligently with the campus’s career center director, Kelly Raupach, who assisted her in her job search. “I used to joke with her-- if I didn’t receive an email from her at least every day, I was worried,” said Samantha. “She made a huge effort to help me get a position.”
The hiring process with Calloway Labs took several months and included a personal interview, a web-cam interview, and background checks – but Samantha says the job was worth the wait. “When he called and offered me the position I immediately told everyone,” she recalls with a laugh. “You hold the phone and jump up and down a little bit,” she says, describing elation upon securing a job.
Samantha is continuing her education at National College in the medical assisting program which she feels goes hand-in-hand with the phlebotomy diploma. She enjoys her job with Calloway Labs and she credits National College with her success. “It feels great being able to put to use what I studied and trained for at National,” she said.
Medical: Phlebotomy - Diploma/Certificate (PBY)