Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
I came to Tulane from a small New England prep school. I knew I wanted to get out of the Northeast bubble, and the minute I stepped off the airplane in New Orleans for the first time and onto campus, I knew this was the place I needed to be.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 2012
What do you do?
Cerner is a healthcare IT firm specializing in the implementation of electronic health records and other medical technology devices. I serve as a liaison between client and corporate team, demonstrating solution capabilities and services for clients. I’m responsible for communicating and implementing design changes to client solutions. Additionally, I support client conversions from paper based charting to electronic medical records, as well as from ancillary solutions to Cerner solutions. I also manage and support a host of medical technology applications after the client has gone live with Cerner applications.
What skills do you use regularly?
I have to approach projects with an open mind and the willingness to go out of my comfort zone and learn new skills. I have the ability to interact with a number of different personality types on the client side. I am not a technical person, but Cerner was willing to invest in my training and success, which has led me to become an integral part of my team.
How did you get to where you are today?
I met a recruiter at a Career Fair at the Superdome in the fall of 2011, was flown to Kansas City (company headquarters) for an interview two months later, and the rest is history.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
It’s great to be exposed to one of the hottest and most important industries in not just the United States, but the world as well. I am learning a ton about the healthcare industry and what it will take to make healthcare both safer and more affordable for everyone. I work with a young, diverse group of people as well as under a highly skilled and motivating management team.
What did you study at Tulane?
I earned a BA in Political Science and a minor in Business.
What insights did you have as a college student?
Find something that you are passionate about and follow it. I was in the fortunate position of already having a strong interest in politics and public policy, thus I stuck with it and found it to be a very rewarding major. Also, don't be afraid to pick up a second major or minor along the way, whether you think it will help you in your career path or is something for which you develop a passion.
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Challenge yourself as much as possible early on in your academic career. It will only make it easier for you down the road in deciding what interests you, what doesn't interest you, and where you see yourself succeeding in the future.
Do you have any other recommendations?
Don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. I grew up in Boston and managed to stay in a social bubble with peers from the northeast. I took a chance after graduation and accepted a job in Kansas City, MO. While my goal was to always end up back in the Northeast (and I happened to be relocated to Boston just four months after moving to KC), I look back on the experience of living there as a memorable one. It's best to take those kinds of risks and chances while you are still young – and whether or not they work out, big deal.
While I was extremely fortunate to have been hired before the second semester of my senior year, it is important to realize that it is just a first job. Rarely do people find a first job that they love, but it is a job and be grateful that you have it. I know that the skills and knowledge I acquire in my position will only make me more marketable down the road.
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