When it comes to being a medical traveler, the options are endless. You could do one assignment just to experience it, you could travel your entire your career, or you could use the opportunity to find your dream job. Lab traveler Alex Reese did just that. This is her story of how being a traveler helped her find her dream (permanent) job!
After a long day of working at the hospital followed by teaching 3 pilates classes, I am instantly overwhelmed as I walk into my tiny 388 square foot apartment that costs me about 3 times my parents mortgage. I guess this is city living. There are boxes everywhere. I don't even know where to begin. I open up one of the boxes with "Glass Fragile" scribbled on the top in my dad's chicken scratch hand writing and chuckle. I start unwrapping all my wine glasses and pint glasses but stop as I stumble upon my "Fusion" pint glass. I sigh and smile. Fusion is the reason I'm here, and I couldn't be more grateful. 2 years ago I was living in a small town of about 12,000 people. I had wonderful friends, but I was miserable in my job, barely making ends meet despite having a Bachelors degree in Medical Laboratory Science with a minor in Biology. My relationship with my boyfriend of 2 years was failing. I needed a change but I didn't know what. Then I learned about Fusion. I gave them a call just to see what it was all about. I spoke with the amazing April Wetterberg, and she explained everything to me. She didn't pressure me whatsoever, and told me to give her a call if and when I was ready. After discussing it with my friends and family, I called her back a few days later and told her I was ready. After a few weeks of searching I had my first travel contract, and it was only a few hours away from home. I happily turned in my two week notice to my supervisor. This was it. I was going to become a Travel MLS! My first assignment was in Bethesda, Maryland. I was covering for an employee while they were training, and after my 13 weeks I was done. It was the phone call I received while I was finishing up my assignment that would change my life. April had been regularly calling with different potential assignments, but this one was different. She told me she had an opening in the San Francisco Bay Area and they were interested in me. What? In me? But I've only been out of school for 2 years! I don't have much experience! I've never been to California before! 3,000 miles from home? Are you sure they want ME? December 6th, 2014 I hopped on a plane for San Francisco with 2 suitcases, not knowing a soul. And I fell in love. I fell in love with the food, the culture, the lifestyle, the endless places to visit. I loved the hospital I was working at. I became a completely new (and improved) person! I tried new things, met new people. I came out of my shell. I even began teaching indoor cycling. Considering how much I hate public speaking, this was a big deal for me. I left my boyfriend, and a couple months later met someone new. We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary last week. My mom frequently would comment to me how much happier I sounded. And I was! I had found my place. After a year and a half, I decided to stay permanently. I nervously called April. The thought of leaving Fusion made me so sad. I had never in my life been treated so well from an employer. I was apart of the Fusion family. They were my friends. I had even had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the recruiters in person, as well as some other Fusion travelers (Hey Norma!). I took a deep breath and nervously told her I had taken a permanent job. The first words out of her mouth were "I'm so happy for you!" And I knew she genuinely meant it. Packing up and moving 3,000 miles was a bit rough to say the least, but I was so excited to settle in the Bay Area. I am loving my permanent job, and have even started teaching Lagree fitness (pilates on steroids) on top of cycling. I have made so many amazing friends out here. I will always cherish the friends I have made through Fusion (I'm looking at you Shaun, Scott and Jamie), and will always consider Fusion my second family. I still rock my Fusion pens, lunchbag, T-shirts, and duffel bag everywhere I go. I love my life out here, and I have Fusion to thank 100% for it. If you're stuck in a rut, or just looking for a change, traveling with Fusion is the way to go. It will change your life, just as it did mine.
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