Cheryl Williamson, Career Changer and Bulfinch Temp
As a career changer, becoming a Bulfinch Temp was a great experience for me. It gave me steady employment in my new chosen field as a Medical Assistant. I got valuable experience working in several different departments at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and temping with Bulfinch Temporary Service ultimately helped me land a regular full-time position at the Hospital.
I’ve always found the health care field interesting, yet I never had the time to go back to school. After working in financial services for almost 20 years, I was laid off. I thought, ‘Well…now’s the time to pursue health care if I’m ever going to do it.’ It seemed like it would be a more stable career path and I wanted to do something I’d really enjoy, something that would be more fulfilling and rewarding. I enrolled in and completed an 11-month Medical Assistant training program.
As a Bulfinch Temp I worked as a Medical Assistant in many areas within MGH, from Rheumatology and Pulmonary to General Surgery and Gynecology. The assignments might have lasted for just a day or two or several weeks. In each area my responsibilities varied, from taking patients' vital signs and managing patient flow to drawing blood. In June 2012, I applied for and was offered a full-time Medical Assistant position at Bulfinch Medical Group, the second largest medical group within Mass General.
MGH departments do consider Bulfinch Temps when full-time positions open up because they know that Bulfinch Temps are quality candidates who have shown that they can handle the work and interact well with patients. I've been really impressed by the number of MGH employees who have told me 'Oh yes, I was a Bulfinch Temp too.'
I feel like I’m living a dream. I’m in awe of MGH. You meet some of the finest doctors, yet the people are really personable and down to earth. It’s amazing to me that the things I learned in school, I'm now doing.
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