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What are the Benefits of Working in the Medical Field?

There are many jobs and career choices out there. When deciding on a career, the plethora of careers out there can be daunting. You will ask yourself many questions, including which career choice is right for you? Which jobs will bring you the most joy while also allowing you to pay the bills? While there are many answers to these questions, you might want to start your career search in the medical field. There are many reasons why you should get a job in the medical field. One of the main reasons is that there is a demand for workers, which means that it will be easier for you to find the perfect job. Coupled with great pay and benefits, the opportunities available, and more, a job in the medical field is a no-brainer. Are you interested in learning more about a career in the medical field? Continue reading the following infographic to see the top 10 reasons why a job in the medical field is the right career choice for you. Click below to embed this infographic into your website: <img src=”http://abctrainingcenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/reasons-to-get-a-job-healthcare-sml-1024×903.jpg” alt=”Learn more about the 10 reasons why you should get a job in the medical field” title=”10 Reasons to get a job in healthcare” /><br /><a href=”http://abctrainingcenter.net/2016/08/what-are-the-benefits-of-working-in-the-medical-field/” title=”10 Great Reasons to Get a Career in Healthcare ” >Benefit of Getting a Job in the Medical Industry... read more

American Education Week: November 14 – 18, 2016

This year, educators and students are recognized during American Education Week. President Obama is calling upon school systems, parents, teachers, and students to work together in creating opportunities for schools and students all throughout the country through special events and programs. The National Education Association (NEA) has outlined specific celebration days during the event. Monday – November 14th is the nationwide kickoff of American Education Week. Tuesday – November 15th is Parents Day, and schools are encouraged to invite parents to attend school with their children so they can see firsthand what school life is like for their child. Wednesday – November 16th is Education Support Professionals Day. On this day, individuals who help contribute services to schools will be recognized for their contributions. Thursday – November 17th is Educator for a Day. On this day, schools can invite community leaders, local celebrities, or others to teach students for the day. Friday – November 18th is Substitute Educators Day. On this day, substitute teachers are celebrated, and schools are encouraged to invite them to teach for the day. The goal of American Education Week is to better educate parents, professionals, and community leaders on how their school systems provide education for students and what areas need improving, and to gain support to ensure students receive the best possible education and skills. Why Education Is Vital Education is important for children and people of all ages. Today, simply graduating from high school places limitations on potential career choices. High school graduates have to compete for jobs with their peers, other high school students, and semi-retired people. Recent graduates are also... read more

What Is the National Day of Listening?

ABC Training Center encourages home healthcare aides and families to celebrate the National Day of Listening, which is on November 25, 2016 this year. This special day was established in 2008 by StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization. It has been celebrated the day after Thanksgiving every year since 2008. Our grandparents and great-grandparents are a wealth of information and history, which is often not documented. On the National Day of Listening, families, home healthcare aides, and other people have the opportunity to listen to stories told by our elderly family members. Younger generations have the opportunity to share the day by asking their older family members to share stories of their youth, challenges they faced, and historical events they experienced. For the elderly, it gives them the opportunity to be heard. Often, our elderly relatives get excited that their younger family members are interested in hearing their stories. StoryCorps offers an interview guideline with different types of questions you can ask. Other than spending time listening to the elderly, the National Day of Listening is a wonderful way for families to spend quality time together, without the distractions of smartphones, video games, television, and other electronic and technological devices. For instance, you might be interested in learning what it was like when your mother or father attended high school or college. You could also be interested in finding out how a family member got their nickname. The main thing to remember is that there is no specific format you have to follow. You are free to create your own family traditions while celebrating the National Day of Listening. It is... read more

The Difference Between “Fast Track” and Traditional Career Training Programs

Training schools in NYC offer a wide range of options when you are looking to start a career in a highly demanded field after graduating high school or are looking to advance your own career if you are tired of working a dead-end job. For some programs, there is an option to “fast track” the training and complete the program in a fraction of the time, compared to traditional career training programs. A “fast track” program is a viable option in certain situations and times of the year. For instance, you are currently employed but you need to complete the training as quickly as possible: You just found out your employer is cutting hours and laying people off after the holidays, so you know you need to find a new job. Regardless of your reasons, a fast track class schedule often requires being able to attend classes full-time over a period of 4 weeks. Most classes run from 9 a.m. in the morning until 4 p.m. in the afternoon. While certain programs require attendance Monday through Thursday, others could require attendance Monday through Friday. With traditional career training programs, the schedule is less intensive. Often there are several options for career training classes based on your availability. Tradition training programs typically take 8 weeks to complete, but some options could extend programs for up to 16 weeks. For example, one traditional training program track would be to take classes Monday through Thursday for three hours a day, with classes offered in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Another option would be to take training classes all day from 9 a.m.... read more

Why You Should Consider a Career as a Pharmacy Tech

If you enjoy helping people on a daily basis, you should consider a career as a pharmacy tech. This type of career is in the ever-growing and expanding healthcare industry. Healthcare careers are among the fastest-growing and continue to provide a variety of job opportunities. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook from 2014 to 2024 predicts the number of pharmacy tech positions to grow by as much as 9%. The BLS reported the 2015 median (average) pay for a pharmacy tech was $30,410. Keep in mind, the salary ranges include a wide range, with the lowest 10% earning $20,950 and the highest 10% earning $45,030 per year. In addition, the salary ranges are directly related to the type of training the tech has, along with where they work. Education Requirements To become a pharmacy tech, you just need a high school diploma. Many techs are given on-the-job training when first starting out and a much lower starting salary. To command a higher starting wage, it is highly recommended to complete formal training and education programs at a qualified career training school, like ABC Training Center. The education you receive helps you prepare to take the certification exam that allows you to start your career as a certified pharmacy tech, rather than an entry level tech. Desired Skills/Job Responsibilities Pharmacy techs perform a wide array of functions under the supervision of a pharmacist. Depending on the size of the pharmacy, it is not uncommon to work under two or more pharmacists along with other techs. Pharmacy techs should be personable and exhibit the... read more

Knowing the Five Types of Bartender Personalities

Bartenders aren’t just drink dispensers who crack the occasional joke. The profession draws lots of different personalities, but the vast majority break down into five basic types. If you’re considering going to bartending school in NYC, take a look at these profiles and see where you fit in: The Hot Bartender – Usually the top earner at his or her establishment, the hot bartender trades on a winning smile and good looks to earn big bucks from patrons. The great thing is that you don’t have to have graced the covers of Cosmo or GQ to be the Hot Bartender. You just have to look better than the other schlubs slinging drinks with you. Paying a little attention to your dress and your fitness can help, and a good personality goes a long way to making you more attractive, especially when you’re hanging around drunk people. The Bouncer – Bouncer bartenders are the order keepers of the bar. They usually started out on the door or working security and earned their spot as a bartender by exhibiting some good people skills or quick thinking. Bouncer bartenders command respect and help ensure everyone has a good time without getting out of hand. The Mixologist – The Mixologist is the artist/mad scientist of the bar. They’re probably the very best in the bar at making top quality drinks and are always experimenting with new concoctions or new twists on familiar favorites. For bars where drink quality is key, The Mixologist is an invaluable player. The Salesman – The Salesman builds a great rapport with the customers and can usually diffuse tense... read more

Demand for Medical Coders Increasing

If you have an eye for detail, and you’re looking for a steady job with wage growth potential in the health care industry, medical coding may provide just the career you’re seeking. Demand for medical coders is increasing, and the field is relatively easy to break into, requiring just a few months of instruction for students in medical training programs in NYC. Medical coders provide a critical service to the health care industry. Medical coding professionals convert patient records into standardized codes used by insurers to determine payments to hospitals and other health care providers. These codes are also analyzed by health care providers and government agencies for important statistical information concerning illnesses and treatment. Demand for more coders is being driven by an aging population that requires more health care, increased paperwork demands by insurers, and a changeover to a new, more detailed coding system. The recently adopted ICD-10 coding standard is more detailed than its predecessor, the ICD-9. The ICD-10 uses more than 140,000 codes, whereas the ICD-9 used just 17,000. The detail required by these new codes is forcing health care facilities to hire more personnel to handle the work of translating patient records into code. According to CNBC, even in good times there is usually a 20 to 30 percent shortage in medical coders, but the demands of the new coding system may push the shortage up to 50 percent. Even in times of economic adversity, the demand for medical coders is likely to continue to grow because of the vital service coders provide health care providers in obtaining payment from insurers. According to the... read more

Seven Drinks Every Bartender Needs to Know

Today’s bartenders have a lot of drinks to memorize. Specialty drinks are becoming increasingly popular, and requests for unique and unusual concoctions are becoming more common as the Internet and other means of mass communication are making once obscure drink recipes more commonly known. Getting a good grounding in the basics can help and, whether you’re a veteran bartender or just earned your bartending license in NYC, knowing these 10 drinks will keep the majority of your customers happy. The Manhattan – How can you bartend in New York and not know this one? Take two to two-and-a-half ounces of bourbon or whiskey, one ounce of sweet vermouth, and two dashes of bitters, build your ingredients over some ice, and strain into a martini glass or a rocks glass. Usually garnished with a cherry. Long Island Iced Tea – A crowd-pleasing favorite with a long history and a powerful punch, the Long Island Iced Tea is made with half an ounce of vodka, half an ounce of rum, half an ounce of gin, half an ounce of triple sec, half an ounce of tequila and half an ounce of sour mix. Start by building the first four ingredients over ice, and then add the sour mix and soda. Usually garnished with lemon or lime. The Margarita – Immortalized by Jimmy Buffett, the margarita is a happy hour favorite. Luckily, it’s a pretty easy drink to mix. Combine an ounce of tequila, an ounce of cointreau or triple sec, with an ounce of sour mix over ice, and then shake the drink and pour into a highball glass complete with... read more

Five Tips for Caring for the Elderly

Elder care is a growing employment field as an aging population and a trend to geographically dispersed families makes finding caregivers for older Americans an increasingly important priority. As more people are reaching advanced ages, demand for qualified elder caregivers is growing exponentially. Within the next two decades, about 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65, and 90 percent of them will have one or more chronic health conditions. The Eldercare Workforce Alliance estimates that about 3.5 million health care and direct care workers will be needed to accommodate the elderly population by 2030. As you can see, there is a long-term need for elder care professionals. The elder care field isn’t for everyone, but for caring compassionate people with a desire to make a difference and a living, it presents promising career opportunities. If you’re considering going into the field, these career and practical tips may help: Get professional training – Certification programs for elder care providers will make you more employable and increase the salary you can hope to learn. Training programs don’t have to be expensive and don’t have to take years to complete. There are many recognized and respected programs that can provide you with a valuable career credential in a relatively short period of time. It’s all about respect – Seniors are adults who have taken care of themselves for most of their lives. Accepting outside help can be tough. Give them as much independence as possible, and let them know your role is to provide support, not to take over their lives. Be vigilant – A good... read more

Tips for Nurse Aides on Staying Healthy

Nurses devote a lot of time and energy to helping their patients stay healthy and make good, health-conscious life decisions. When it comes to making their own health decisions, however, many nurses are much less attentive, spending more time worrying about others than they do about themselves. The good news is, there are some relatively simple things nurses can do during their day to improve their health, helping them live happier, longer lives and enabling them to take care of even more patients. Exercise Regularly Nurses work long shifts at an exhausting job, which means that many neglect to find time for physical activity outside of work. This is a mistake, as exercise not only burns fat and keeps the heart healthy, it also helps people deal with stress and tension, and helps improve mood and attention span. In other words, exercise is something every nurse should find time in their day for. Even if you don’t have time for hours of exercise every day, you should still find at least 20 minutes for physical activity at least twice a day. This can be as easy as taking a walk or a jog during your lunch break, or visiting the gym before or after work. Sleep Well Just as important to health as regular physical activity is sticking to a full sleep schedule. When people don’t get enough sleep, they come to work tired, cranky, and more likely to make easily avoidable mistakes that, in the medical field, can lead to serious medical errors that can compromise a patient’s health. That’s why it’s very important for nurses to renew... read more

6 Qualities of Great Medical Professionals

The medical field is one that encompasses a wide variety of jobs, from nurses and doctors to medical coders and lab techs. While each of these jobs has their own set of skills that is needed to do them well, there are some qualities that all medical professionals, regardless of their exact positions, can be said to have. Communication Skills The medical world is a fast-paced one, where everyone has to constantly be on their toes and ready to respond to a coworker’s request as quickly as possible. Because patients’ health and lives are often dependent on medical staff being able to share and receive knowledge and verbal commands at a fast pace, the ability to communicate quickly and clearly is one of the most important skills for any medical professional to have. Teamwork Medical professionals very rarely work entirely by themselves. Rather, they are part of a larger team that works together to solve problems and provide patient care, and that only works when every member of the team is willing to cooperate to the fullest. If you’re going to make it in the medical profession, then it’s critical that you be able to work as part of a team. Ability to Learn New Things The medical field in the 21st century is evolving rapidly, with new technologies and new policies driving hospitals, doctors’ offices, and health clinics to make changes to the old ways of doing things. In order to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare, medical professionals need to be able to adapt to new ways of doing things as they happen. Non-Judgmental... read more

9 Reasons to Get a Job in the Medical Field

Are you looking to start a new job? There are many career paths out there, but few are as rewarding on a personal and financial level as working in the medical field. If you’re not sure whether or not a job in the healthcare industry is right for you, consider these 9 things about working in the medical field that you should know: It’s a secure field – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of the top 20 fastest growing professions are in the healthcare field. Given that there are already 13 million healthcare jobs in the U.S., the demand for medical professionals of all stripes is high enough that there is little fear of downsizing in most healthcare professions.[i] It pays well – Because of the high demand for healthcare workers, pay in fields related to the medical industry tend to be on the high side, even the entry ones. In fact, the average entry level wage for medical workers is between $15 and $50; that number goes up the more experience and training you have.[ii] You can live almost anywhere – Demand for healthcare workers isn’t contained to a few geographical locations. The need for people to work in the medical field is nationwide and constant, meaning most people won’t have trouble finding work near the place they want to live. There’s a wide variety of job types – The medical field is a large one, with many different types of jobs besides nurses and doctors. Whether you prefer to work alone or in a group, chances are there’s a career option in the... read more

Confessions of a Bartender

By Dave Herwitz, Director, ABC Training Center I came across a great article recently (Confessions of a Bartender: 10 Things Every Bartender Absolutely Hates About You) on the online version of the Huffington Post which offers humorous but true advice on how to comport oneself the next time you find yourself in one of the city’s drinking establishments.  To our many bartending students, well let’s say we’ll prepare you for all of these scenarios.  And for everyone else, let’s hope you’re not guilty of too many of these “sins.”  The article can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/19/bartender-confessions-10-things-they-hate_n_2719789.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular Questions?  Comments?  Contact us at... read more

Never Missing a Beat

By Dave Herwitz, Director, ABC Training Center As I write this, the Tri-State area is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  Many homes are still without power.  Parts of Queens and Staten Island look like war zones.  The geography of the Jersey shore is changed forever. Amid all of the storm’s destruction and aftermath, we all heard stories of bravery and heroism from first responders.  No surprise here as these men and women constantly put their own safety aside in order to help those in need.  They’re truly a special breed.  And every day we saw stories on television and in the papers chronicling what they did for countless New Yorkers. However, there is another group of people who I consider to be just as important to the well-being of our citizens in times of crisis: health care workers.  While Sandy was battering the area, thousands of health care workers reported for duty to look after those who could not look after themselves: the sick, frail and elderly.  I’ve heard so many stories of Nurse Aides, Health Aides and Medical Assistants who went out and dutifully reported to work.  Many of these folks pulled double and triple shifts.  Many camped out and slept in their place of work.  Many did so while being away from their own families, who were home contending with property damage, power outages, etc.  And all of this was done for the sake of patients who would otherwise be complete strangers.  To the countless patients and nursing home residents across the area, the continuity of care was there and was never disrupted. Our healthcare workers in... read more

Information is Power

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center This month’s job tip illustrates the importance of researching any potential employers BEFORE the interview. OK so you’ve done your due diligence and have sent out dozens of resumes.  Your persistence has paid off because you’ve finally received a call back.  Congratulations, you have an interview lined up for next week.  Now what?  You rest up and go into the interview and hope for the best.  Right?…Wrong!  Your interview starts the second you schedule it.  What do I mean by that?  In a word: research.  Simply put, you should – no, you MUST research your prospective employer.  The old saying that “information is power” couldn’t be more relevant when it comes to prepping for a job interview.  And in this day and age, where information about anything is literally at our fingertips, there is no reason why anyone should go into an interview cold.  Better information gives you better insight into the environment of the facility.  Better information also leads to better question on your part, giving you an edge over others. So what kind of information should you be looking for?  First there’s the easy stuff like the history of the facility, types of services offered, etc.  Then try to dig a little deeper.  Try to get a feel for who the administrators are.  What are their backgrounds?  Their education?  You may be surprised to find out that many have started out just like you.  Then try to get third-party perspectives on the facility.  Are there any reviews online?  How about Department of Health violations?  All good info to... read more

"No Experience Necessary" – A Cautionary Tale

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center A few years ago I wrote the following article for a local magazine here in New York City.  It was done in response to a disturbing trend that saw scam artists taking advantage of recent immigrants, specifically from Russia.  Unfortunately, these scam operations still exist and so the article remains as relevant today as it was when it was published in 2007.     “No Experience Necessary” – A cautionary tale about an employment scam aimed at young Russian immigrants. The ad in the help-wanted section of the Russian language newspaper advertised a bartending job in Manhattan.  “No experience necessary” – the ad stated. “Julia,” a 20-year old from Moscow staying in Brooklyn for the summer on an S-1 visa, was interested.  She only had a few hundred dollars to live on for her trip, and jobs were proving hard to come by.  Rent in New York was expensive: she was paying $250 a month to share a small one-bedroom apartment in Coney Island with four other Russian girls.  There was only one bed, and a small couch.  All her roommates worked at what they referred to as the “agency”: a man who sent them out to work in the clubs as dancers and strippers, taking a large percentage of their earnings as a fee. Julia didn’t want to do that.  She considered herself an intelligent young lady, highly educated in her home country, with a talent for speaking foreign languages and a background in several customer-relations jobs at hotels around the world. But she had no green card, no... read more

6 Seconds

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center 6 seconds.  Not a lot of time.  It will probably take you 6 seconds to read the title of this blog post and the first sentence or two.  Yet according to research done by the Ladders employment website, job recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds looking over your resume to determine if you are a “fit” or not (http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-09/news/31311078_1_recruiters-study-position).  Not a lot of time, is it?  Think about all of the years of school and training.  Think of all the hours spent studying and preparing for tests.  For those of you already working, think of all the long hours put in to your career.   And all you get are 6 seconds to make an impression.  6 seconds to make the recruiter, who has just scanned over several dozen resumes, take notice of yours.  Not fair, but it’s the reality of the job hunting game. Too many people put very little thought into their resume.  And yet it is one of the biggest sales tools in your arsenal.  It’s what gets you in the door, so it MUST be effective.  It MUST make the recruiter say: “I need to talk to this guy a little more.”  One of the biggest pieces of advice I like to give is the “second pair of eyes” test.  Create your resume and have a trusted friend, relative or colleague look it over and ask them: “would YOU call me in for an interview?”  Brutal honesty is the key here.  Tell them to be as forthcoming as possible.  And don’t take offense to anything that... read more

Our Most Valuable Assets

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center As many of our friends know, ABC Training Center has been a staple in New York City’s medical career training field since the early 1970s.  That’s a long time in this business and over the years we’ve witnessed countless changes all around us – political, technological, economic, etc.  But all along, we’ve been fortunate to have had steady leadership that realizes that a successful business is one that can adapt and change with the world around us.  Doomed are the companies that are not fast enough to change and adapt.  (See Blockbuster Video Stores, Palm Pilots, CD/Record stores and, most recently Kodak, for proof of this.). And while ABC has been quick to adapt to a changing world, there’s one area of our business that has pretty much stayed the same: our teachers.  Instructors are the number one asset of any school and they are probably the single most important reason why thousands of our students have achieved career success over the years.  At the end of every course, we ask students to write down an honest assessment of their instructors here at ABC.  I’m always amazed at the responses we get, such as: “I have no areas of concern.  When you talk, you know what you are talking about.  Thank you.” “I want you to continue teaching at ABC because you make students successful.” “You treat everybody with respect and encourage us to learn everything.  Keep it up.” “Amazing instructor, need not change anything.  I loved the hands-on and her teaching patterns.” “It was a pleasure to be with... read more