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 Dress for Success

Have you ever heard the saying, dress for the job you want, not the job you have? Dressing for success can help you make an awesome first impression and get your dream job, but how exactly do you do this?

Anytime you meet someone new, they begin to evaluate and make assumptions about you based on your appearance, even before you have said a word. Everything from the clothes you’re wearing to the hairstyle you’re rocking contributes to how people perceive you.

So how exactly do you dress for success to make a great impression on everyone you meet? Check out our tips below to find out!

Dress for the Company Culture

Company cultures and dress codes can vary greatly from one business to another. Because every business is unique, it’s best to align yourself with the culture and dress of each business anytime you’re meeting or interviewing with them. For example, banking is a more traditional industry with formal dress codes, so if you are interviewing with a bank, always wear a suit. This will show your professionalism and that you are a good fit for the company.

Before attending a meeting with a company, do your homework to find out what dress code they follow, so you can be prepared and confident! The most common dress codes companies use today are:

  • Business formal – This is the most formal professional dress and commonly found in this dress code are dark colors, formal suits, button-up shirts, solid color ties, and dress shoes.
  • Business professional – In this dress code, you can add more color to your looks, including items like dress pants, professional skirts, sports jackets, ties with patterns, and nice shirts.
  • Business casual – Now you can begin to add more personality to your attire, including shirts with colors and patterns, different colored skirts, khakis, polos, vests, and sweaters.
  • Casual – This dress code is the most informal and allows for many different dress options, including t-shirts, jeans, skirts, sweaters, sandals, and sneakers.

Regardless of what dress code a company follows, it’s best to always dress up for meetings and interviews because this shows your professionalism and helps you make a great first impression.

Dress for the Specific Event

Dressing for success when attending career events is essential for making a lasting impression. For example, when going to a job interview, looking your professional best can give you an advantage over other candidates. Choosing clothing that is business professional, not wearing excessive jewelry or fragrance, and ensuring your hairstyle is clean and neat are all great tips for job interviews. When you only get one chance to make an awesome first impression, you have to make it count!

In the digital world of today, video interviews with programs like Skype are common. Dressing up and looking your professional best is necessary for video interviews because the person will still be able to see your appearance.

Networking events and career fairs require you to dress professionally as well. Always do your best to make a great first impression because the people you meet at these events could be hiring directly, have an influence on the hiring decisions at their company, or could even refer you to other opportunities.

Dress for Success Tips

If you’re a student or new graduate, dressing for success can come with some challenges. You may not currently have many professional clothes, or you could be unsure about what is acceptable in the workplace. Here are our top tips to help you get started:

  • Buy clothes that you can wear in many different ways.
  • Complex patterns can be distracting, so choose more solid colors.
  • Ensure that you’re wearing clothing that is appropriate for work.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum by wearing only your favorite piece.
  • You want people to be focused on what you have to offer, so cover tattoos and piercings, as they can be distracting.
  • Keep your hair clean and professional.
  • Some people are allergic to perfume or cologne, so don’t wear too much.
  • Choose makeup looks that are natural and professional.

If you’re ever confused about how to dress for success, remember this Oscar Wilde quote: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

You’re now ready to dress for success and make a great first impression when meeting someone new!

At United Career Institute, we believe in encouraging and empowering students to reach their full potential and succeed in their careers. Put your dream career on the fast track with programs in Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration. Request information now to get started today!

United Blog – LinkedIn 101: How to Advance Your Career Using LinkedIn

When working to advance your career, LinkedIn is more valuable now than ever. With over 645 million users in more than 200 countries around the world, LinkedIn can help you get your dream job regardless of where you are or the type of job you want.

LinkedIn is a combination of your living resume and a place to network with other professionals, search for career opportunities, and showcase your knowledge and expertise. As the largest professional social network, having a presence on LinkedIn can help advance your career. Keep reading to find out how!

Create Your Profile

Creating your profile is the first step to advancing your career using LinkedIn. As your living resume, your profile gives you the opportunity to show off your education, skills, experience, and more. Building a complete and professional LinkedIn profile is necessary before applying for jobs on LinkedIn because recruiters will look at your profile when you apply. Here is the list of what to include:

  • Photo – Use a professional looking headshot to help you get noticed.
  • Name – Add your first and last name to be easily found via search.
  • Headline – Include a headline that describes your career, such as “Medical Assistant”.
  • Location – Include your current location, or the location where you’re applying for jobs.
  • Contact information – List your email address, phone number (if you want to include it), and the link to any website or portfolio you have.
  • Background Image – Add a professional background photo that is relevant to your field, such as a photo of you in scrubs if you work in the medical field.
  • About – Use this section to talk about your career, including past experiences and future goals.
  • Experience – List your experience including the organization, your job title, dates employed, and a short description of the job you performed.
  • Skills – List your specialized skills, including both hard and soft skills.
  • Education – List your education, including the school, degree, and years attended.
  • Licenses and Certifications – List all licenses and certifications you hold, including the name, issuing organization, and dates valid.
  • Volunteer Experience – Include volunteer work, including the company, your role, and a description.
  • Accomplishments – List your accomplishments, such as awards, courses, projects, articles, and additional languages you speak.

As recruiters and hiring managers search LinkedIn for potential job candidates, they use keywords to find ideal candidates. For this reason, be sure to include these keywords in various sections of your LinkedIn profile as you are writing the content, as this will make you appear more in search results.

Build Your Network

If you’re just starting out in your career and do not yet have a large professional network, LinkedIn is here to help, as it provides the perfect place to build your network. Start by adding people you already know. Import your phone and email contacts into LinkedIn and send connection requests to them. You can also add teachers, fellow students, alumni from your school, supervisors, and coworkers.

For companies that you want to work for or are well-known in your industry, follow their LinkedIn pages as well so that you see their open positions first. You can also join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career in order to meet and connect with other professionals in the groups.

Ask for Recommendations

Recommendations on your LinkedIn profile from supervisors and coworkers can make a huge impact when trying to advance your career. When potential employers see these, they get a sense of how great you are at your job and how valuable you are to others.

When just starting out in your profession, you may not have many people you can ask for recommendations yet. Even if your past work experience is in a different field, begin by asking previous supervisors and coworkers for recommendations.

If you’re currently in school, ask teachers, classmates, and people you’ve worked with at your externship site for recommendations. Even though you haven’t worked directly for other students, they can still recommend you for things like a positive attitude, work ethic, and teamwork skills.

Share Content and Engage

As the largest professional social network, LinkedIn is the perfect place to share your knowledge and expertise. Relevant photos, videos, articles, infographics, and status updates are all great to share. Sharing content from other people and pages is great as well.

Engaging with other professionals on LinkedIn by liking, commenting, and sharing their posts will help you build positive relationships with them. Congratulating others when they get a promotion or have a work anniversary, and reaching out to people individually are also great ways to engage. For example, if you’re applying to a specific job, you can message the recruiter who posted it with questions.

Search for Job Opportunities

With your awesome profile and great recommendations, you’re ready to search and apply for jobs on LinkedIn. Finding the perfect job for you has never been easier because you can search based on many different criteria, such as job title, keyword, company, location, industry, experience level, and more.

If you’re serious about a job, send a connection request to the recruiter who posted the job. This shows that you’re interested in the position and have done your homework.

There is a “Career Interests” section in LinkedIn that allows you to let recruiters know you’re open to new career opportunities. Turn this on and add your preferred job title, job type, and location. Doing this increases your chances of recruiters contacting you because they already know you are interested.

Fast-Track Your Career Today

Now that you’re on the way to advancing your career using LinkedIn, get the training and certifications needed for your dream job. United Career Institute is here to help you succeed with fast-track training programs in Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration. Call (724) 515-2440 or request information to get started 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!

The Value of Fast Track Training

Do you want to start your career and get into your dream job faster? Want to take classes that teach exactly what you need to know for future jobs? Don’t want to waste four to six years in school? Then fast track career training may be perfect for you!

Fast track programs give students the opportunity to start their careers more quickly, earn valuable certifications, have increased flexibility, and take advantage of expanded career opportunities.

Read on as we share exactly why fast track training is so valuable!

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

Enrolling in a fast track training program enables students to start their careers more quickly than those who spend four to six years attending a traditional university. This gives students a head start in their careers because they can gain experience and start earning an income sooner.

The Value of Fast Track Training

Fast track training programs take less time for students to complete, and therefore, they are more career focused. This means that students don’t have to take general classes that don’t apply to their careers.

At  United Career Institute, our fast track career training programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and students take the exact classes needed for their careers, because who wants to spend hours in classes they will never use?

Earn Hands-On Certifications

More and more, healthcare employers prefer that job candidates have professional certifications that are specific to the job in which they are applying. When students earn certifications offered by third-party organizations, it lets employers know that the students have the hands-on skills and experience necessary to complete the job.

Another advantage to fast track career training at United is that students have the opportunity to prepare and sit for professional certification tests as part of their program. In the Medical Assisting program, students prepare for the National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified EKG Technician, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification tests.

As part of our Medical Office Administration program, students prepare for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist certification tests.

Increased Flexibility

For students who must balance work, family, and personal responsibilities while attending school, fast track career training offers the increased flexibility they need. Since students take the exact classes necessary for their careers, they have more time for everything else.

The ability to balance other responsibilities while attending a fast track training program can make a positive impact in the lives of students by allowing them to continue working and spending more time with family while completing their program.

Expanded Career Opportunities

Completing a fast track career training program and earning numerous professional certifications sets students up for success by providing them with expanded career opportunities. It shows prospective employers that you’re willing to work hard to meet your goals and can get the job done.

When applying for jobs, candidates who have completed career training and earned professional certifications stand out over those who have not. At United, our fast track training programs prepare students for actual careers, and we are committed to empowering each and every student to succeed.

Ready to Get Started?

With fast track career training programs, personalized attention, small class sizes, and career services, United is here to help you get into your dream job faster! Are you ready to make the move and put your career on the fast track? Request information or call 724-515-2440 now to get started!

The Growing Medical Industry in Westmoreland County

All across the country, the healthcare industry continues to grow, and the same is true in Westmoreland County. With an aging population and more people needing medical care, the healthcare industry is projected to continue growing.

In order to keep up with the increased demand for medical services, healthcare providers need employees and professionals at all levels, from those just starting out in their career, to those with many years of experience.

This opens up opportunities for entry-level medical professionals to get in on the ground floor and begin the journey toward a successful healthcare career.

Expanded Healthcare Providers

In 2004, Excela Health was founded when three hospitals came together to meet the healthcare needs of the local community. Excela is the largest healthcare employer in Westmoreland County with more than 4,900 employees, a medical staff of more than 735 physicians, and healthcare professionals in 35 clinical specialties.

In addition, Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network are entering the healthcare market in Westmoreland County with the opening of a new hospital and community cancer center.

Increased Demand for Medical Professionals

With major healthcare providers expanding their operations in Westmoreland County, the demand for entry-level healthcare professionals is expected to increase. “We see this trend continuing to increase for the next 5-10 years,” said Arnold Thimons, Campus President at United Career Institute.

Hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, clinics, and other medical facilities are actively hiring people with the right combination of hands-on skills, education, and experience, so they can provide an increased level of care and a better experience to patients.

The Growing Medical Industry

Partnerships with Local Employers

To help meet the needs of the growing medical industry in Westmoreland County, United Career Institute is working to provide trained, career ready professionals to local healthcare employers.

“We’re building partnerships with both Excela Health and Allegheny Health Network to understand their needs and incorporate those needs into our programs and training,” said Arnold.

Our Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration healthcare training programs are designed to meet the current standards of local employers, giving United students an advantage when starting their careers.

“United has externship agreements with both Excela and Allegheny Health Network to provide opportunities for students to train there,” said Arnold. These hands-on training opportunities help students gain real-world experience and get their foot in the door with local employers.

Put Your Medical Career On The Fast Track

With the expanded healthcare services being offered in Westmoreland County and the increased need for trained medical professionals, now is the perfect time to start your path to a successful healthcare career.

“Come to United Career Institute, because in as little as 18 months, you can be in a medical career right here in Westmoreland County,” said Arnold, when asked what advice he has for someone who wants to work in the local medical industry.

At United, we strive to do more than just help people find careers. We want to make a positive impact on the growing healthcare community in Westmoreland County. To do this, we empower our students to succeed in their careers and make a difference in the lives of others every day.

Are you ready to start your medical career, make a difference, and positively impact people on a daily basis? We’re enrolling for classes now, so request information to get started today!