I decided to go to school so that I knew my son would have a secured future.
Career Quest Learning Centers Front Line Feature: Meet Ashley
Posted: May 19, 2020
The year is 2020: there is a global health pandemic brought on by the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. While most people are stuck under stay-at-home orders, workers like Ashley—a recent graduate of the medical assistant program at Career Quest—are still working on the front lines to improve the health and safety of their communities.
Ashley says that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, work and home life have both changed a lot for her. On top of working, she is also balancing having her children out of school. “My kids can’t be in school or at their after-school programs,” she says.
Often times, Career Quest students are working mothers or fathers, and Ashley can relate.
“If anyone is scared to go to school with having children or other jobs, I say just stop on in and talk to someone. There isn’t any reason you can’t do this if you set your mind to it. You can do it and I believe in you!”
Even though COVID-19 has placed more responsibility on Ashley’s shoulders, she’s up for the challenge. She offers some words of wisdom to others who are thinking about entering the healthcare field at this time. “My advice is to just go for it,” she says.
“I was one who never thought I would ever work in the medical field because I thought I couldn’t handle it. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I can handle. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t get into this field sooner.”
Ashley is a graduate of Career Quest’s Mt. Pleasant campus and currently works in a family practice. She handles all types of work, from treating UTIs and checking high blood pressure to performing EKGs! She also completes injections and helps with other procedures.
“Everything we learn in school is put to the test in a family practice,” she says. “I love interacting with patients. I love hearing their stories and just trying to help them with whatever may be going on.”
Prior to attending Career Quest, Ashley was waitressing and working in retail. She decided to further her education and pursue a new career because she wanted more for herself and her children.
Career Quest is extremely proud of our students and graduates who are sacrificing so much during this challenging time. Our society can’t function without the essential work that medical assistants and other healthcare professionals do, and we’re honored to provide career training for these community heroes.
Keep on rocking it, Ashley! Career Quest is always in your corner.