Meet Andrea Mitchell, Career Services Director at the Altamonte Springs, FL (Orlando) campus.
Can you tell us about your background and what motivated you to come to Cambridge Institute of Allied Health and Technology?
I received a Bachelor Degree in Business and Marketing from Wilmington College, Ohio. I worked in the temporary staffing arena all through college and up to 2009. In 2009, I was recruited by Everest University as a Director of Career Services in Pompano Beach, FL. During that time I was successful in building the Career Services image on campus by conducting events with students and staff. My background in the staffing industry gave me the strong knowledge to work with employers and place our graduates effectively. In 2012 I transferred to the South Orlando campus and continued broadening my horizon by working closely with the Dean of Academics and the Campus President. In July 2013, I made the decision to work at Cambridge Institute as the Career Services Director. I felt a strong pull to take this position in order to bring new and refreshing ideas to the campus and the company. Cambridge is a fairly young school, so I felt I could make an impact with my strong ability to build relationships with employers and coach/motivate students to work in their field of study
As Career Service Director, can you tell us some services you offer students at the Altamonte Springs, FL (Orlando) campus?
We provide resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search techniques, workshops on these topics in the classroom, provide information on student survival jobs and assist in job placement at graduation, manage graduation ceremonies for all students. All our programs’ learning style is hands on. We offer NHA (National Healthcare Certification) at no cost for phlebotomy, EKG, Medical Assisting, and Patient Care Tech. All instructors currently or have worked in the field which gives the students real-life instruction.
What do you like best about your job?
Making a difference in a student’s life by helping them obtain a job in their field of study. The students/graduates are so grateful when they get the job they’ve worked so hard for and I go home feeling I accomplished so much.
What qualities would an employer look for in an ideal allied health candidate?
Most employers require the same things: they want an employee that is caring, knowledgeable in the field, well-spoken, presentable, easy to train, takes responsibility, and does NOT have a sense of entitlement.
What do you see as the future of the allied health field?
The Allied Health Field will continue to grow for the next few years, with the need for Medical Assistants, Sonographers, Patient Care Techs, Phlebotomy Techs, and Licensed Practical Nurses. The baby boomer generation will demand the increase for these jobs and being in Florida where most people retire to is a bonus!