My professional goal is to work behind a desk and computer. I have had serveral different ventures on trying to come up with my professional goal but I see myself being extremely good with computer and importing information into a database. This being said, I can see myself being an administrative assistant and or in the coding and billing field. I have that energy to strive in both professional goals and build with a company as they grow. Both professional fields will consist of me working wtih computers. Either importing (filing) patient information, communicating via computer with other medical personnel, and of course verbally communicating with all parties involved in the case.
My professional goals come from me always working with computers. I first thought I would be a computer technician but decided to take my career on a different path because the health care industry will be around for eternity. Both, administrative assistant and coding and billing departments will recommend me to further my education. In either direction that I plan to go I will need more schooling so that my professionals goals are met.
My first career goal is to become an Administrative Assistant. An administrative assistant has many of the same duties as a secretary, including typing, filing, answering phones and taking notes at meetings (WiseGEEK, 2014). These are all the things that I enjoy doing and can see myself fitting well in this position. Being a medical adminstrative assistant also includes duties such as managing the day to day operations of a medical facility so that the facility is ran smoothly, verifying patient insurance so that they are billed correctly, providing quality customer service to all patients, and also working in a professional enviornment.
My second career goal if all fails with my first goal is to find a position in medical coding and billing. As a medical coding and billing professional, you will review patient medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures performed so the facility can bill insurance and other third party payers (such as Medicare or Medicaid) as well as the patient (Career Step, 2014). To fulffill this career goal I will have to go back to school and obtain at least a certificate in this area. I will need to better understanding the different codings so that I can proper work in this area.
In both administrative assistant and medical coding and billing field in the health care industry I currently possess the ability to work with all types of computer software. I am a fast learner when it comes to computers and filing. I have the ability to understand computer software with reporting and emailing, I am a self starter, committed to self study to further professional developments, I have excellent troubleshooting skill, I enjoy seeing projects through from inception to completion, I am upbeat and friendly, I can easily adapt to new enviornments and changing priorities, I have excellent memory and attention to detail, I have also worked in a strong professional background.
Softwares that I have the ability to manage with no assistance are: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, and Microsoft Excel. I am very comfortable using these softwares and I have tons of experience doing so. I am extremely confident with the softwares that I have the ability to use and I am willing to learn other software programs if they will benefit me in my career path. Note taking is another skill. In my current employment I am writing all day. I have to notate my daily task with patients when they are under my care. In an administrative assistant position I will be taking notes when needed to better
Communication is a skill that would definitely need to change in either one of my career goals. Communicating with patients, physicians, nurses, and also insurance companies is a strong skill that need to be possessed in both fields. I am not a big communicator but I have the ability to speak when needed. I would like to change this skill because it can get me further on my journey to reach my career goals.
A skill of mine that could be altered would be my computer skills. Even though I am fluent with computer technology there may be a way that I am processing information that is not actually the correct way or the shortess way of doing so. I am proficient in many computer software program but I am sure that I could be taught and grasp information different seeing though that I have no professional experience working with computers in a big indusrty.
Another skill that can be altered is my ability to work in groups if needed. I am a self starter and prefer to work alone on projects but I am more than capable of working with others on big projects. I am opinionated especially when it comes to a group project where my job may be on the line. All in all there are many skills that could be changed and or altered depending on the professional career direction that I consider to go in.
To ultimately achieve my professionals goals it will take up to at least two years. I will be completing my bachelors degree in the next two months but will have to return back to school to obtain another degree and or just a certificate. Even after obtain all my degrees and certificates I would like to do an internship so that I can have that professional feel, seeing that I have no experience in either position. I would most likely physicially go into a school for further education with coding and billing. This is because I think I would be able to grasp the information a little better knowing there will be many codes for different areas of concern.
I have someone that I am very close to in the coding and billing field so it is very possible that I can speak with them further about their experience. This may also determine if I want to go in that direction. During this time I will consider in which direction I want to go whether it is an administrative assistant and or in the coding and fielding field. Either way I see it taking some time so that I can fully understand and grasp the knowledge of both fields. Volunteering would be another way that would be beneficial to ultimately achieving my long term professional goals. In order to do this I will need to verbally communicate and do major research on organization in my area that would accomidate my needs to help me grow.
In my area, there are many professional organization that can help to achieve my professional goals. Even with my current employer, although I work as a caregiver, they would give me the opportunity to work within the office doing volunteer work and or even helping me with questions that I may have about my career goal. I could also do some research for hospitals in my area that offer internships so that I could get that feel of exactly what it is that I will be doing. There are health care organization such as hospitals, clinics within the hospital, and clinics within the city along with multiple dental clinics. Having all these health care organizations around would help to benefit me.
My career action plan outline provides beneficial reasoning to which direction I will probably head into. Being able to see the outcome of each career goal and what they offer will help me in the next few month determine which career path I will take. The outline defined each awareness that I may have while analyzing the job descriptions for each career.
At the end of my bachelors program I will have some better insight in which direction I want to go in so that I can enroll in a traditional school for further education. While obtaining my degree and or certificate I will start researhing organization that will allow me to intership. Once I have fully obtained what is need, with the intership I will hopefully have landed a position either with the same organization or with another organization close by.
Career Step (2014). Job Description. Retrieved on February 1, 2014 from http://www.careerstep.com/medical-billing-coding-job-description WiseGEEK (2014). What Is an Administrative Assistant? Retrieved on February 1, 2014 from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-administrative-assistant.htm