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!

Chloe Eicher – Student Highlight

United Career Institute would like to introduce you to Chloe Eicher!  Chloe has been a medical assisting student at United since she graduated from Albert Gallatin Senior High School in 2019.

Chloe chose United for three reasons. The school is close to home, it’s small, and they specialize in fast track training. “I always heard amazing things about this school and wanted to come here because of the reputation.”

Chloe Eicher-Student Highlight

Chloe says that the Medical Assisting program will help her continue to build her medical career and reach her ultimate goal of becoming a surgeon. “It’s a building block to becoming a surgeon eventually.  I want all the education I can have before I reach that step.”

Her favorite part of attending United Career Institute is the small class sizes and personable staff.  When asked to choose a favorite teacher, she said, “I can’t, I love them all!” Her favorite class is Anatomy, which she finds to be the most interesting one she has had so far.

After graduation, Chloe would like to continue her education in a school with a surgical technician program so that she can continue down the path toward becoming a surgeon.

Would she refer a friend to United Career Institute?  “Absolutely.  It’s a wonderful school where everyone is nice and I love it here.  I don’t like much, but I love this school!”

To learn more about our fast track medical programs, request information here!

New Year, New Career – Irwin

With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to evaluate and plan your next career move. Maybe you’re just starting out in your career and are unsure of what steps to take to get your dream job. Or maybe you feel stuck in your current job, but don’t know what to do to advance your career.

We’re here to help you get from where you are to where you want to be! As you set your New Year’s resolutions and goals, you can plan steps for yourself that will get you into a new, fulfilling career.

Check out the steps below to get started on your new career today!

Get Motivated

Before you can make a change or accomplish something great for yourself, you have to get motivated! Motivation is the reason that someone behaves in a particular way. It’s what gets you up in the morning and what encourages you to keep going when things get challenging. Getting motivated is essential for launching yourself into a new career.

In order to get yourself motivated, you need to know what it is that inspires and motivates you. Different people are motivated by different things, so ask yourself what exactly it is for you. For example, you may be motivated to create a better life for your family. After you figure out what drives you forward, keep this in mind as you set your goals, and let it inspire you in your daily life.

Learn New Skills

Now you’re motivated and ready to jump start your new career, but how do you do it? What specifically can you do today that will set you up for success? The answer to this question is to learn new skills! The professional world is constantly changing and if you’re not learning new skills, you can become stagnant in your career. That’s why gaining new skills, knowledge, and experiences are the best way to get you into a better career.

To help you achieve your career goals, we designed our healthcare training programs to give you the exact skills and knowledge employers need in job candidates. At United Career Institute, you will learn in a hands-on environment and have opportunities for real-world application with externships and clinicals.

Update Your Resume

Next, you need to update your resume to ensure you’re giving potential employers the most current information about your education, skills, and previous experiences. When crafting your resume, make sure it’s modern and professional, so you stand out from the crowd of candidates. Check out this previous blog post sharing our Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed!

If you’ve already decided you want to learn new skills, feel free to add your current school and program to your resume. This shows potential employers you are serious about your career and working to achieve more. Just be sure to make it clear that you are still currently enrolled in a training program.

Start Your Job Search

You may think it’s too early to start your job search while still in school or attending a training program, but that’s exactly when you need to start! Begin by making a list of your ideal employers and researching their current job openings, hiring processes, and hiring managers. Follow these companies on social media and review their websites as well.

Once you have done this, you’ll have a much better idea of what it takes to get hired by each specific employer. Feel free to reach out to your top companies with questions you may have, as this will help you get to know the hiring process and company culture. Then, when you’re ready to apply for your new dream job, you will be one step closer!

Put Your Career on the Fast Track with United

Ready to launch yourself into a great new career now? Gain hands-on skills, knowledge, and real-world experience at United Career Institute. Learn more about our programs in Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Phlebotomy today. Request information now to get started!

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!

How to Create SMART Career Goals

For all of us, there are things we want to accomplish in life and in our careers. Maybe your dream is to be the first one in your family to graduate from college. Or maybe you are unhappy in your current job and want to get into a new, more fulfilling career. Maybe you already have a great job and want to advance within your current company.

Whatever it is that you want to achieve in your career, creating goals can help get you there. For goals to be effective, they need to follow a few guidelines. Your SMART career goals should be these five things: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

When you create SMART career goals that meet these criteria, you have a much higher chance of reaching your goals. So how do you create SMART career goals? Read on as we share exactly how!

Specific

The first thing SMART career goals need to be is specific, because with very specific goals, you know exactly what you must do to reach them. Here is an example of a specific career goal that someone may have: I want to graduate from a Medical Assisting program in Fayette County within 18 months in order to start a more fulfilling career. This goal is specific enough to work toward and accomplish because it answers these questions:

  • Who: I want to…
  • What: …graduate from a Medical Assisting program…
  • Where: …in Fayette County
  • When: …within 18 months…
  • Why: …in order to start a more fulfilling career.

By answering the questions above when creating your career goals, you know exactly what you need to do to achieve them.

Measurable

The second thing you need to ensure when creating your SMART career goals, is that they are measurable. Goals need to be measured so that you can track your progress along the way. By doing this, you will know if you’re on track to meet your goals or if there is something that needs to be adjusted in order to meet them.

The best way to do this is to break down your larger goal into smaller chunks. In our Medical Assisting program goal example, we could measure it along the way by listing each class that must be taken as part of the program. In doing this, every time you pass a class, you are one step closer to your goal.

Attainable

When creating SMART career goals, the third thing you need to consider is whether the goals are attainable and achievable. This is an important step because when goals are not attainable, it’s hard to stay motivated to keep working toward them. For example, going to Mars within the next month sounds like an awesome goal, but it’s not attainable, because we don’t currently have the technology to go to Mars. So, while it can seem like a good idea to set your goals super high, doing so can be demotivating because you know they can’t be accomplished anyway.

Using our Medical Assisting program example, a few things to consider to ensure this goal is attainable are the following:

  • Do I have the time to commit to the program?
  • Do I have the support system to succeed in the program?
  • Do I have the prerequisites for the program?
  • Do I have the resources to pay for the program?

If you can answer yes to these questions, you’re well on your way to achieving your goal of completing a Medical Assisting program. If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t worry! The United staff can help you through the process!

Relevant

For your SMART career goals, the next thing you need to ensure is that they are actually relevant to you. Is the goal something that you really want? Do you care enough about it to put in the necessary work to reach the goal? Does this specific goal align with your other goals? Does the goal help you get closer to your long-term goals and dreams?

In our Medical Assisting program goal example, it is relevant because completing the program will help accomplish the dream of starting a more fulfilling career. So, by achieving one goal, you are actually working toward a longer term goal of having a career that provides more meaning and fulfillment.

Timely

The last thing to consider when creating SMART career goals is that they must be timely. This means that each goal should have a time frame in which it will be accomplished. Without a deadline and timeframe for your goal, there will be no sense of urgency to continue working toward it.

When creating your goal, in addition to including a deadline to reach the goal itself, add deadlines for specific events along the way. For our Medical Assisting example, you could create deadlines for when you will take and pass each class, complete your externship, and pass your certification tests.

Achieve Your Career Goals

Now you’re on the way to creating your own SMART career goals! If you’ve ever dreamed of completing a fast track training program, starting a new career, or working in an industry that allows you to help people on a daily basis, we have the programs to help get you there.

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

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!