I wasn’t always training dental assistants. A long time ago (well, not that long ago) I had my first job. There was a time in my life when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, just like many of you reading this.
Think back to that first job… Down the road, after we advanced ourselves to some degree, we can now look back at our humble beginnings and (hopefully) smile at our introduction to the working world. The lucky few might be living the dream, but most of us slowly crawl up the ladder, gradually going from one job we don’t really like to another job that we might not like a little bit less and pays a little bit more.
What’s the difference between those that live the dream and those that don’t? Aside from luck (like the time Harrison Ford was hired to install cabinets in a home belonging to George Lucas), the path to a successful and fulfilling career comes as a result from taking control of your future.
“Great” jobs aren’t just great because of the work you are doing or how much money you make. Crime scene cleaners can make $75,000 a year and up, but I don’t imagine many would describe their job as “great”. Great jobs provide the opportunity and benefits that are important to you.
So, Where Are You Headed?
If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up someplace else.
This popular saying (attributed to Yogi Berra) tells us if we don’t take action and plan where you’re going, your career opportunities will be limited to chance and circumstance. Instead, take control of your future by knowing what you want, planning for it, and then executing it.
Do you want a career that pays well, but doesn’t require years of training? Is a work schedule that fits the needs of your family important to you? Do you want to be in a profession that brings you joy?
For many, the ideal career would balance these important factors. Pediatric dental assistants are one of the few careers that provide all the above. In just a couple of months, you could start a new, rewarding career that offers these additional benefits (and more).
- Job security – Dental practices need you for the long haul. Outsourcing just isn’t an option.
- Financial independence – The average dental assistant makes $38,000 a year. The average (young) college grad made $36,000, last year.
- Regular schedule – We don’t work graveyard hours or holidays in a dentist’s office. The hours are comfortable, predictable, and the vacations frequent!
- Satisfaction – Develop a sense of pride in your work, and an intrinsic feeling of well-being by helping others.
The Only Person You Are Destined To Become Is The Person You Decide To Be
The very fact that you are reading this, could mean you are considering a change in your life. Just about every successful person I’ve ever spoken to has had a turning point when they made a clear decision to make a change.
Now might be the time to set fire to your old self, recreating your identity as you want it to be. Your new self awaits at the Pediatric Dental Assistant School.
~ Dr. Rhea Haugseth