College to Career

Curious about what happens after graduating with your degree? You can spend time googling career options but we think it might be easier if you browse through what remarkable things our alumni are up to.

These recent graduates are #goals and have some advice to share with you! Learn about their transition from college to a career, what their daily work life looks like and how they set themselves apart from the competition.

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Meet Adriana Ramos Gonzalez, '17

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Medical Lab Technician, St. Mary's Hospital
AAS, Medical Laboratory Technology 
BS, Biology with a minor in Chemistry 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

As a Medical Lab Technician, I analyze blood and various body fluids for cellular and chemical composition; these labs provide information for patient diagnosis and treatment. I perform chemistry, hematology, coagulation, toxicology, immunology, microbiology and immunohematology testing. I work alongside other medical professionals to assure patient results are accurate, and completed in a timely fashion. Currently, I am working the night shift in which I also perform the necessary maintenance and quality control measures needed for various analyzers used in patient testing.

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

My experience at CMU prepared me for my career by allowing me to complete 40 hours a week of clinical experience for an entire semester. This opportunity allowed me to be immersed in a medical laboratory and put the theory learned in class, into practice. Also, the small class sizes of the MLT program allowed me to get one-on-one time with my instructors and develop close friendships with my classmates.

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career position?

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My transition from student to professional Medical Laboratory Technician was smooth. I was fortunate enough to receive a job offer from the lab where I completed by clinical rotation while still at CMU. The combination of the hands-on experience at St. Mary’s Hospital and the MLT program at CMU successfully prepared me for my board examination. I contribute a large part of my success to the application of classroom knowledge to real-life scenarios that I experienced while working as a student at St. Mary’s. This is all due to the structure of the CMU program.

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

During my clinical rotations, I was able to meet and work alongside many laboratory professionals. This opportunity exposed my work ethic, as well as the specialized training I received at CMU which led to a job offer at the end of my program. I am not sure if things would have gone as smoothly if CMU did not have this partnership with the surrounding hospital laboratories. Learning how the laboratory operates as a student was definitely an advantage when starting my new position.

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

My advice for incoming students: prioritize your work, find a good place to study, seek help if you need it, don’t be afraid to go to office hours, allow yourself time to recharge, join clubs, start clubs, make many friends and enjoy your years at CMU!

 

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