Leah Judge – Student Highlight

United Career Institute Medical Assisting student, Leah Judge, has always had dreams of working in the medical field. “I enjoy my job waitressing at a great restaurant in Greensburg, but my passion for the medical field kept picking at my brain. It just so happened that I was talking with a customer who ran a local school and he invited me and my mother down to see it, and it was exactly what I was looking for.” United Career Institute gave Leah the opportunity to pursue her dream. Leah loves helping people, and United’s Medical Assisting program gives her the opportunity to do just that. She is an awesome addition to our student body!

Leah Judge-Student Highlight

Leah tried the traditional route of attending the local community college, but that was not her idea of learning. The campus was too large, the classes made her feel like just another number, and individual help was never available. She also disliked the idea of having to take a lot of general education courses to reach her goal.

Leah’s favorite class so far has been Medical Terminology I because she likes learning all the new concepts. Her favorite instructor, Kelly Shriver, breaks down the learning material so it’s easier to understand. After graduation, Leah sees herself working in a specialty office, possibly specializing in dermatology. Five years from now, Leah wants to be well into her career and maybe even have her boyfriend become her husband.

Leah says she wouldn’t hesitate for a second recommending United Career Institute to anyone else because it provided her everything she hoped and dreamed of in a school. Leah has the distinction of being the very first student to enroll at UCI Irwin, and we can’t wait to see all that she accomplishes on her journey toward a medical career!

Mackenzie Furin – Student Highlight

Prior to choosing United Career Institute (at the time PIHT), Mackenzie had considered attending post-secondary schools but none felt “right.” That changed when she walked through United’s doors.

Mackenzie Furin-Student Highlight

At that point in time, Mackenzie worked full time at a video rental store but she wanted more.  She chose United because it felt different than the other schools that she had looked into. The campus was small and didn’t overwhelm her in the way other campuses had. In her words, “It felt like home.”

Mackenzie is enrolled in United Career Institute’s Medical Assisting Program and has a 4.0 GPA. She chose the MA program because she is a very hands-on person and wishes to be in the “center of the action, doing blood draws and giving injections.”

Her favorite part of being a student at UCI is tied between her instructors and the family (her peers) that she has made during her tenure. “Everyone is kind and really cares about your success. I’ve made lifelong friends and met amazing instructors that will impact my life for years to come. I love all of my instructors, but Kelli and Roxanne have really helped me to believe in my potential.”

Mackenzie’s favorite class was Pharmacology because she enjoys learning about medicine and how it works. She is currently doing her externship at an obstetrician’s office which has helped her to realize that she would like to continue in the OBGYN field.

After graduation, she would like to enroll in UCI’s nursing program with the goal of becoming an RN within five years.

“I can wholeheartedly say that I would recommend PIHT to anyone pursuing a career in the medical field.  It’s been great here and I’ll miss it dearly.”

To learn more about United Career Institute’s medical programs, click here!

Haley Tinsley – Student Highlight

“Every day I learn something new, and every day when I leave the school, I remember and retain what I’ve learned that day. That’s never happened to me before.”

Haley Tinsley-Student Highlight

Those are the words of United Career Institute Irwin’s medical assisting student Haley Tinsley. Haley tried a few different avenues to higher education, including a few semesters at Bradford Business School and most recently at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She quickly found that those routes were not going to work for her. “It’s not what I wanted out of an education; way too many classes that had no relation to what I was interested in. Also, they just made you feel like another number.” When Haley left school, she tried a series of jobs from restaurant work to house cleaning, but couldn’t get school out of her mind and didn’t want to give up on her dream of working in the medical field. “From the time I was little and my mom would take me for my check-ups, I couldn’t wait to see the nice red-headed lady with beautiful nails, because she always treated me so nice and was always in a good mood. That’s how I see myself as a medical assistant. I would love to be the reason people want to come to the doctor’s office, and put a smile on their faces!”

Haley reached out to United Career Institute Irwin and quickly realized this was the place for her. “My Admissions Advisor, Lynda, was incredible and made me feel so at home. She listened to my whole story and made me feel so comfortable. It was like I was part of their family, and that only continued when she took me on a campus tour. Within 5 minutes I got to meet the Campus President, Arnold, who was in a meeting, and he stopped what he was doing to talk with us.”

Haley began at United in November and is liking it more each day, but her favorite class so far has been Anatomy & Physiology. She loved the subject matter of that class and felt that not one single day was boring. Haley sees herself working in a doctor’s office after graduation or in a family practice because she wants to be the one putting smiles on patients’ faces. However, she doesn’t want to end her education at that point. Over the next few years, she sees herself going back to school for a practical nursing or registered nursing program. Knowing Haley’s determination and focus, we have no doubt she can achieve anything she puts her mind to!

When asked if she would refer a friend to United Career Institute, Haley was quick to respond, “Absolutely! They make you feel like family and want you to succeed. There’s no way I feel I can fail with the support of the Irwin Campus!”

If you are interested in learning more about our short term training programs and WE CARE classroom experience, request information here!

4 Tips for Balancing School, Work, and Life During the Holidays

The holidays are here and with them comes office parties, family events, and tasty cookies! Spending extra time with loved ones and finding amazing gifts you know your family will love is part of the holiday fun, but it can be hard to balance these extra activities when you have a school, work, and family life.

How can you get everything done without becoming overwhelmed during this special time of year? Keep reading for our top tips to balance school, work, and life during the holiday season!

Tip #1 – Stay Organized

Our first tip for getting everything on your list completed during the holidays is to stay organized, because it will make you much more efficient. To do this, use your calendar to plan and organize everything that needs to get done during this time. With an app like Google Calendar, you can even set alerts to remind you when it’s time to complete a specific activity.

For school, add your class schedule, due dates, exam dates, and any other important tasks to your calendar. For example, if you have an exam coming up, block off time on your calendar to study. Next, add your work schedule, holiday events, and family activities to your calendar.

After adding everything to your calendar, you’ll know exactly when and how you’re going to get everything completed. You may need to reduce or change your commitments if you are overbooked.

Tip #2 – Use Time Management

Our second secret to balancing school, work, and family life during the holidays is to have good time management. When blocking off time on your calendar for specific things, make sure you’re realistic about the amount of time each activity will take to complete, and be sure to give yourself enough time.

As you plan your activities, ensure you have not overbooked yourself and committed to too many things, because this can leave you feeling stressed and exhausted.

Prioritize the most important things that need to get done for school, work, and family. After doing this, if you are short on time and something must be removed from your schedule, you can eliminate something with a lower priority and still complete the important stuff.

Tip #3 – Get Ahead

Try to get ahead as much as possible during this busy time of year, so you will have more time for fun holiday activities. Working ahead at your job and completing schoolwork before the deadline is great ways to get ahead.

For example, if you’re working on a project that’s due around Christmas, try to complete it early so you’re not overwhelmed while trying to finish it by the due date. Procrastinating and waiting until the last minute to complete something is a bad idea because it can lower the quality of your work and you may easily become stressed and irritated.

Tip #4 – Practice Self-Care

You’re organized, using good time management, and getting ahead for the holidays, so now it’s time for some self-care! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during this time of year, but remember the holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time with friends and family.

Two of the most important ways to practice self-care during the holiday season is to get enough sleep and eat healthily. With so many scientific studies showing the negative effects of not sleeping enough, don’t give in to the temptation to sleep less just to get things done. We all know it can be challenging to eat healthily during the holidays when surrounded by so many delicious foods and desserts, but try to eat healthily to keep your energy levels high.

The holiday season is a busy time, but don’t forget to take time for yourself to rest and recharge. If you need to, add your self-care time to your calendar to ensure you actually relax. Doing nothing may sound counterproductive but recharging your energy will make you feel much better. Don’t forget that it’s okay to say “no” if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Balance School, Work, and Life with United

We designed our career training programs to align with your busy schedule, so you can balance school, work, and family life. At United Career Institute, we offer fast track career training, hands-on learning, personalized attention, and small class sizes to help you begin a rewarding career in healthcare.

Learn more about our fast track Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs and request information now to start your path to a great career!

Meet the New United Fayette County Campus

We’re so excited to announce that Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology is now United Career Institute – Fayette County!

Meet the New United Fayette County Campus

As the new United Fayette County campus, we pledge to work with our community, local employers, students, and graduates to enable trained professionals to provide skilled service and care to the local community.

Our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity, and we will continue this rich tradition under the new United Career Institute name.

“Our promise at the new United Fayette County Campus is to encourage and empower students to meet their full potential, enabling them to succeed in their careers and make an impact on our local community,” said Pam Hughes, Nursing Director at United Career Institute – Fayette County.

As experts in educating professionals, we train students in the hands-on skills and valuable knowledge needed to meet the needs of local healthcare employers and patients.

With our WE CARE approach to education, students are given the support and tools necessary to succeed. We believe in building a relationship with each and every student because at United Fayette County, you’re a person, and not just a number in a crowd.

Meet the New United Fayette County Campus

We help prepare students to succeed in their careers by providing valuable resources such as academic advising, career advising, and personal advising.

Designed with a personalized approach to learning in mind, we offer small class sizes and one-on-one attention to enable each student to thrive.

Helping students create a career development plan, offering a career prep course, providing resume and cover letter development help, and offering externships and job placement assistance are some of the valuable career services we provide.

At United Career Institute – Fayette County, our career training programs prepare students for successful careers in the healthcare field at facilities like hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, and more. We offer Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs designed to meet the needs of healthcare employers.

Ready to get into your dream career with our fast track career training? Request information or call us at 724-437-4600 to get started today!

What Should High School Seniors Be Doing Now?

With school dances, holiday breaks, and classes with your best friends, being a senior in high school can be an awesome experience. You’ve made it so far and can see the finish line!

For some, it can also be overwhelming and a little frightening. As you finish one journey and prepare for the next, the most important question to ask yourself is, what am I going to do after high school?

Making the decision to continue your education by attending college or a training program is a great investment in your future. People who continue their education beyond high school earn higher salaries and have better job security. With so many options, how do you choose the path that’s right for you? And what can you do to set yourself up for success once you graduate high school? Keep reading as we share exactly what high school seniors should be doing right now!

Research Schools and Programs

The first thing high school seniors need to do is research the various schools and programs you’re interested in. Meet with school representatives that visit your school, read through each school’s website, visit their social media pages, and read online reviews. Doing this will help guide you to a school that is the right fit for you.

Choosing the right school for you is extremely important, but equally important is choosing the right program. When deciding on the program you want to pursue, you need to ask yourself some important career questions, like what field do you want to work in, how quickly do you want to start your career, and what style of learning do you excel at? The answers to these questions will help guide you toward the program best for you.

What Should High School Seniors Be Doing Now

For example, if you want to work in the healthcare field, don’t want to spend 4+ years in school, and prefer a hands-on learning environment, a career training program would be best for you. At United Career Institute, we offer fast track career training programs for in-demand jobs like Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration. With short-term programs, you can start your career in months, not years.

Other things to consider are whether the school offers job placement assistance, will you have the chance to earn valuable certifications, and is the program direct admission, meaning you don’t have to take unnecessary classes.

After completing your research and choosing a program, contact the school you’re interested in to get more information and ask any questions you may have. You can set up a campus visit and complete a tour to really get a feel for the school you’re considering. Be sure to note the deadline for admission, so you can get a head start on the application process.

Choosing a school is a big decision, so talk it over with family, friends, and your guidance counselor, as they may have insight and advice that you have not considered.

Complete the Application Process

Now that you’ve chosen the school you want to attend and the program you will complete, it’s time to complete the application process! Schedule a time to meet with an Admissions Advisor to complete your application and make a list of next steps. Your Admissions Advisor will work with you one-on-one to help guide you through the process. Feel free to bring a parent or family member to your admission interview to support you along the way.

After applying and being accepted into your chosen program, you will meet with a Financial Aid Representative who will help guide you through financing your education. Questions about the FAFSA, scholarships, student loans, payment plans, and more can be answered during this meeting. You should bring a parent or guardian to this meeting to ensure all their questions are answered as well.

Next, you need to complete your FAFSA, apply for scholarships, and pay any necessary fees. Additionally, some schools and programs require an entrance exam and letters of recommendation, so you will need to complete these as well, if necessary.

Prepare for Success

Congratulations! You have chosen a school, decided on a program, and completed the admissions process! As you finish your senior year of high school, continue to focus on your grades, extracurricular activities, work, and any other responsibilities.

Be sure to respond to all communications from your school promptly, as they may need additional information or have questions for you. Before you begin your chosen program, purchase any necessary supplies that are not provided and ensure you have the proper support from family and friends.

Apply to United Career Institute

If you’re looking for a school that offers fast track career training programs, hands-on learning, personalized attention, small class sizes, student support, and a WE CARE approach to education, then you’ve come to the right place! Request information today to start your path to a great career with United Career Institute!

Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed

With only one chance to make a great first impression on hiring managers and recruiters, you always want to have a top-notch resume that shows why you’re best for the job.

The way you present your education, skills, certifications, and experience in your resume can give you an advantage over the competition, so ensuring your resume is professional and easy to understand is essential. Keep reading to find out our top five resume tips to get you noticed!

Utilize a Resume Template

Using a template to create your resume is the secret to an attractive, professional looking resume. With templates, your resume will stand out from the crowd because your career information is presented in a visually appealing way.

Whether you want to go with a free or paid resume template, there are many different options out there. Just remember that the template needs to be professional and easy to navigate. For example, a template with headlines that clearly mark each section will make it easy for recruiters to find the exact information they need.

You also need to use a template that aligns with your industry, such as a resume that has a healthcare look for the medical field. Check out these resume templates to help you get started:

Use Keywords

Today, many companies use something called an applicant tracking system to store all their resumes. This allows recruiters and hiring managers to search through thousands of resumes for the exact education, experience, skills, and certifications they are looking for in order to fill a specific position.

Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed

When you apply for a job, your resume is entered into the company’s applicant tracking system, so it’s essential to use the same keywords in your resume that are also being used in the job description. Review the job posting and think about what keywords a recruiter would use when searching for resumes, and then use those same keywords when writing your resume. Doing this will make your resume easier to find and increase your chances of getting noticed.

Include Essential Information

As you design your resume, there’s a specific list of relevant information that must be included for hiring managers to evaluate your qualifications for the specific position. Here is a list of information to include:

  • Name and Contact Information – Include your name, email address, and phone number at the top of your resume.
  • Education – Include the degree, school, and year graduated for all education.
  • Experience – Add the company, job title, dates employed, and a description of your experience.
  • Certifications – Add your valid certifications and the dates you earned them.
  • Skills – List all your relevant skills.
  • LinkedIn – Add a link to your up-to-date profile in your resume, so you can showcase your recommendations and endorsements.

In addition to the information above, you may also want to add software you’re proficient in, volunteer experience, and professional achievements.

Keep It Short and Sweet

Hiring managers and recruiters are busy people who oftentimes have many open positions to fill, with different qualifications for each. This means that if your resume is too long, they may not have the time to read through the entire thing.

When writing the content for your resume, keep it as short and sweet as possible. This can be challenging, especially when everything seems important, but you should try to keep your resume to two pages or less. A great way to do this is to use bullet points instead of long paragraphs.

Also, include action verbs in your resume to show that you get things done! Some examples of action verbs to use are lead, manage, create, produce, analyze, and develop.

Double Check Spelling and Grammar

There’s nothing worse than having spelling or grammar mistakes in your resume, as this can make you look careless and unprofessional. To ensure this doesn’t happen, be sure to double check everything!

As you write your resume, use the spelling and grammar checker in Microsoft Word to check for errors. Ask family, friends, or teachers to proofread your resume as well, because it can sometimes be hard to catch your own mistakes.

Time to Shine

Now you have a resume that will stand out and get you noticed, so you’re ready to shine! When applying for jobs, be sure to submit your resume in PDF format to ensure your design and formatting are kept in place. Craft an awesome cover letter explaining why you’re best for the job and submit it with your resume. Don’t forget to follow up!

For students and graduates of United Career Institute, our career services can answer any additional resume questions you may have.

Learn more about our Medical Assisting,   Medical Office Administration, and Practical Nursing career training programs and request information today to get started on your dream career today!

Thankful for Our Students

At United Career Institute, our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity for our students. We enable each and every student to succeed by providing the necessary education, support, and skills training.

With fast track career training programs in Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration, we work hard to give students the best start possible in their careers. We are honored to provide these programs to students, so they can start their careers in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing what we are most thankful for at United Mt. Braddock: our students!

Check out some of our student moments from this past year!

Hands-On Skills

We provide hands-on training so students can practice real skills that are valued by healthcare employers. Check out these students learning hands-on skills in our Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office programs!

Practical Nursing student and instructor Medical Assisting students in lab

Practical Nursing Students Medical Assisting Clinical Lab

 

Licensed Professionals

Congratulations to our Practical Nursing students who passed their nursing boards to become LPNs, giving them the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives.



 

 

Student Experience

At United Career Institute, we love to have fun while preparing students for successful healthcare careers! Check out some of this year’s excitement, like career prep class, the 2019 Summer Awards Luncheon, Reverse Graduation, happy nursing students, and our wonderful graduates.


Join Us Today

Ready to start a fulfilling new career in the healthcare field? Join us at United Career Institute for fast track programs, small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and our WE CARE family atmosphere. Request information now to get started!

Externship Highlight – Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services

Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services has been established in the Uniontown area since 1969. Its current site coordinator is Mary Jane Miller, Lead Psychiatric Nurse. She says, “Our services operate primarily by providing outpatient mental health services to the community, including adult and children services. We at Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services agree not to discriminate in the provision of services to an individual because of the inability to pay. Payment for these services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). We currently provide 24/7 crisis services, assertive community team, LTSR, outpatient, peer support services, adult partial hospitalization, and psychiatric rehabilitation services. These services can be obtained at our Uniontown and/or Connellsville locations. Looking forward to the growth of our organization, we are currently implementing our “open access”, which allows patients to be seen for same day services.”

Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services

United Career Institute- Mt. Braddock students get the opportunity to learn in a setting that is “hands-on” and that provides direct care to the public. Students are able to utilize organizational skills and gain knowledge in analytical skills to assist with problem-solving, compliance, documentation in the patient’s electronic health record, scheduling, triaging medication phone calls, and much more. “Our business values United students because it allows our organization to give feedback to the student regarding elements that are needed in an outpatient/medical setting”, Miller says.

Miller further explains, “The field of medicine is ever expanding, growing, and changing. Medical assistants have to be able to adapt to that change. With that said, the greatest advice that I could to anyone aspiring to enter the medical field is that it takes the initiative to succeed beyond their counterparts. Medical Assistants have a lot of responsibility in any medical office. They must be energetic, personable, and eager to learn. The medical staff counts on them for many things.”

United is proud to partner with reputable businesses such as Chestnut Ridge Counselling Services. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a medical assistant, requested information here now!

How to Create Your Personal Brand

Creating a strong personal brand can advance your career by gaining the attention of potential employers and other professionals, but how do you create a strong personal brand?

Personal branding gives you the opportunity to be known for anything you want by creating a specific image of yourself. Just like companies create brands to be known for things like great running shoes or awesome technology products, you can do the same thing for yourself.

An example of a company that has used branding to become extremely successful is Apple. When watching an iPhone commercial, you know it’s an Apple ad before seeing the product, but how? What about that feeling you get when walking into an Apple store or why Apple products always have the same look and feel? This is all because Apple has spent years branding themselves so that we all know when we’re having an Apple brand experience.

How to Create Your Personal Brand

You can use the same power of branding to get your dream job, but how do you do it? Read on as we share the five steps to create your awesome personal brand!

Step 1: Align your personal brand to your professional goals

Deciding exactly what you want your personal brand to be and what you want to be known for is the first step to creating your personal brand. This is known as your brand identity. Figuring this out is essential because everything else builds on it. Ask yourself these questions to figure out your brand identity:

  • Why are you creating a personal brand?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your strengths?

After you’ve answered these questions, you should have a clear picture of what you want your personal brand to be. For example, if you’re a student training for a career in the medical field, your answers could be to start a career in healthcare and build relationships with local medical professionals.

Step 2: Choose your platforms

With the increased usage of social media and mobile devices, personal branding is much easier now than it has been in the past. You can literally create your personal brand at any time, from anywhere. With so many options, how do you decide which platforms to use? Will Facebook or LinkedIn be better for you? Or are Instagram and Twitter the better choices?

When deciding which platforms to utilize for your personal brand, you need to answer this question: Who do you want to reach with your personal brand and which social media platforms are they using?

This step is really that easy. Using our medical student example, Facebook and LinkedIn are the best choices to reach potential healthcare employers and get them to notice you.

Step 3: Network with relevant professionals

Now that you’ve determined what your personal brand will be and chosen your platforms, it’s time to start networking and building relationships with other professionals. Start by finding and following relevant accounts in your field. Like and comment on their posts when you have something to add, as this will help you start to build relationships.

For our medical student example, following industry organizations, community healthcare leaders, potential employers, and industry experts will help build their professional network. When you see posts that align with the personal brand you’re trying to create, feel free to share them! For example, if a healthcare industry organization shares a post about an updated procedure, you can share this to your page as well.

Step 4: Share your knowledge and expertise

Social media gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your knowledge and expertise. Photos, videos, status updates, articles, blogs, tweets, and story posts are all great ways you can showcase your personal brand.

To figure out the best types of content to post, think about what the people you are trying to reach would be interested in. Photos and videos of hands-on skills like phlebotomy and taking vital signs would be great for a medical student to share. These show potential employers that you’re a trained professional who can get the job done.

Step 5: Always be yourself

Remember to always be yourself when creating content and interacting with others online. Your trying to build your personal brand to advance your career, but don’t forget to let your awesome personality shine through! People can tell when you’re genuine and authentic and this will help you make professional connections with them.

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

Now that you’re building your personal brand, get the education and training you need to put your healthcare career on the fast track with United Career Institute. Learn more about our Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration programs and request information today to get started!