Alisha Robinson attended one of the many private radiology technician schools to gain her associates degree in radiology. Alisha worked while she was in school, gaining valuable experience as a tech assistant and then a student tech. She credits this work with giving her both a stronger educational experience and an advantage when she entered the job market as a radiology technician. She was hired into a full-time position as soon as she graduated from her program.
Alisha is interested in being a part of the Specialist Network because she wants to be able to answer questions she knows students have but are afraid to ask. She also wants to alleviate misconceptions people might have about this varied and specialized field, making sure they are clear there is a lot more to taking x rays than just pressing a button.
In some regions, the market is currently flooded with radiology graduates, so Alisha emphasizes the importance of getting your foot in the door as an assistant or student tech. This is the best way to position yourself for a full-time radiology technician job. You should be aware that when you start out, you will be given the least popular shifts, working odd hours at night and on the weekends. Remain positive and remember that as you gain experience, you will be able to move to the more desirable time slots.
Alisha cannot stress enough the importance of confidence. Despite your training and work experience, it will be intimidating when you begin. But it is important to always try to present yourself in the most positive way and stay open and upbeat. One tool that will help you immensely is to ask questions and reach out to people. You may be surprised at how warm other professionals in your field can be, and how willing they are to help. Finally, you should take initiative, and Alisha says, even do things that make you feel uncomfortable. Soon, you will not be afraid of anything, and this kind of confidence will take you far in both your professional and personal life.