Associate perspective: Life is too short to not do what you love

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How being valued at work can make all the difference

Have you ever felt stifled in a job and stayed because the money was good? Many years ago, I worked with a large bank where I started out as an administrative assistant. Over the next four years, I received multiple promotions, raises, and title changes, but my job never changed. I was bored and wanted more, so I took numerous online courses, taught myself how to use additional software, and applied for several internal positions. Still, nothing changed. I could never understand why I would get past the interviews but never get the job. Finally, one day it came to light that my boss had to sign off on any potential job switch, and while I told her repeatedly that I wasn’t leaving the company but was only seeking a more challenging position, she kept holding me back. The one person I thought I could trust didn’t care about my career goals.


A wake-up call

The pay was very good, so I stayed. Until one day, I ended up in the emergency room with chest pain. The doctors couldn’t find what was physically wrong with me and I was diagnosed with panic attacks due to anxiety. At age 36, I was told I had high blood pressure and that I needed to remove whatever was causing the anxiety from my life. I had an idea what it was.


Perception and reality 

When I would speak to my boss about my desire to move up in my career, she would always say, “it’s your perception; it’s all about perception.” At the time, I couldn’t understand what that meant. However, after that day in the ER, I knew exactly that I wanted to make my perception my reality. I went back to work and quit. That day I chose to live on my terms. It was one of the best decisions of my life! My perception was that I had the potential to do more, be more, and I wasn’t going to allow someone to hold me back!


Reevaluating priorities

After leaving that job, I decided to take some time off to enjoy life with my son. I spent the next year with my 11-year-old being a soccer mom, the school’s PTA treasurer, and volunteered at every event at his school. By the following fall, I knew it was time to get back to work, so I took a class at H&R Block about preparing taxes. It went so well that by the end of the course, I was offered a job with H&R Block to manage a small office in New Jersey. Two years later, I moved to Georgia and was given the opportunity to manage a district H&R Block office and a small startup office. It was there I met someone who would change my life.


The rest is history

A friend told me about VirtualMed Staff and how telemedicine impacts the lives of both patients and doctors. I knew this was the next step in my career, so I applied for a position as a credentialing coordinator. In six years, I went from a credentialing coordinator to a credentialing specialist to team lead to physician engagement specialist to now a psychiatric physician recruiter. I appreciate the opportunities I’ve received to excel. It’s a good feeling to be a part of a company that allows me to grow. To say I love my job is an understatement.


Believe in yourself

With anxiety, depression, and sadly suicide rates at an all-time high, doing what you love on a day-to-day basis matters. It is so fulfilling to know that I am directly helping a person in need by placing a physician in the position to help them. Surrounding yourself with a supportive team is critical and making a difference in the world is meaningful. I am so lucky to have found the perfect opportunity to do what I value, and to feel valued with VirtualMed is an amazing feeling! 

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