>I went to a wonderful graduate program (I thought) and received a good
>preparation for my career (I thought).
>When it came to finding a job after I graduated, I was woefully on my
>However, I did not want to stay in that
>state, and I moved to a completely new state for personal reasons.
> Finally, a WONDERFUL audiologist with a private practice
>had the courtesy to return my letter and a phone call and she put me on
>the trail of a job at a small hospital about an hour away from where I
>wanted to live in this new state.
>The hospital had been contracting for
>30K and full benefits.
>It was horrible. There were no patients. No eqipment. I didn't like my
>supervisor. The ENT was a great guy, but he only sent me about 3
>a week. I had been told the hospital wanted to start selling hearing
>aids...turns out, they had no clue the start up costs would be so high to
>do anything "decent" (real ear, impedance, etc.). They had a booth, and
>audiometer, and me. I quit after two months.
> The job was completely inappropriate for someone like me,
>fresh out of school. I had no way of seeing that at the time. You have
>such a poor idea what you don't know when you graduate....
>I now have my CCC-A, and am farther along in my career. I see a
>tremendous need for better graduate training in terms of helping
>audiologists in school learn better business skills, better savvy on
>closing "the deal" and how to balance that with ethical practice. This
>whole move to the AuD comes out of these types of needs and other
>with graduate training as it is now, as well as other issues that I won't
>begin to discuss here.
>Just my 2 cents....I'm sure there are a zillion stories out there like
Thank you for another voice of experience out of the reality of the real
world workplace. I would be more than willing to hire someone like
you.>If I had found any private practice
>audiologist who would've taken me on, I would've jumped at the
>to work for $7 an hour just to learn and not be stuck delivering pizzas.
Benifits also add up to more than $7 an hour and can help make a
difference. Also if you learn and progress, you will make more because
the practice grows too.
Robert B. Siegel M.S. CCC-A, BC-HIS
Family Hearing Centers
2001 Lincoln Dr W. Suite E
Marlton, NJ 08053-1531