Student Testimonials

Shaun Erwin

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Class Speciality: Spine

Company Placement: SpineFrontier

Tell me a little about your background?

I was born and raised near Omaha, Nebraska. I attended UNL and received my degree in Criminal Justice and English. I had originally planned on becoming a Police Officer, but after college I went another direction. For the past few years I have worked in Software Sales, and in May of this year I left to attend MSC.

Why were you interested in Medical Sales? What drew you to this industry?

I wanted to find a career that I could thrive in and have a sense of accomplishment. I felt that my personality was better suited for Outside sales rather than Inside Sales.

How long did you try to get into the industry? What was that experience like?

Over the course of a month or so, I sent out 5-6 resumes to Stryker/Bard/Zimmer/etc... I didn’t hear back from any of them.

How did you learn about Medical Sales College?

Google. I was researching ways to break into the industry.

Did you have any fears about attending the School? What were they?

Absolutely. It is definitely a large investment to make, and the placement statistic seemed unusually high. Plus, I had a stable income for 3 years. Giving up that job to take on more debt, with no income, was really hard.

What ultimately made you decide to attend the College?

Unfortunately I didn’t know anybody in the industry, and this industry is very much a “Who you know, not what you know” type of industry. I went on to the MSC website and read all the testimonies, and decided to take the leap. Sometimes you just have to take a chance on yourself!

Describe your experience once you began training with Medical Sales College.

The first week at MSC was all about OR protocol, and testing the waters on how much you know about the industry. Our instructor was extremely friendly, and it was easy to ask questions. Everyone in the class is there for the exact same reason, so chances are they want to dive in depth on the same questions.

Explain what your interview process was like.

The interview process for MSC took about two weeks. I spoke with Doug first, and then spoke with Kim a week later. Our interview was really just a time for MSC to get to know me as a person, and make sure I had the right goals in mind before attending the school. A week or so after my interview with Kim, I was accepted into the program.
The interview process for getting a job after MSC was tough. I applied to about 15 jobs, and got an interview with 5 of them. Each company will want to do multiple interviews with you, and its very much a “Hurry-up and wait” type of process. As soon as I graduated I was blasting out Resumes and reaching out to recruiters all day/every day. Many of which I never heard back from. Its tough to come to terms with the fact that you are on the company’s time, and they are not going to be chasing you down to interview you. Take every interview seriously, and be prepared to have a job while you are waiting for your career to start.

What from your training did you specifically use during the interview process that ultimately helped you land your position?

I created a business plan for my ‘1st’ interview with each company. I think that helped show my commitment to being a strong hire.

What is your current job like?

Today is actually my first day, and I am sitting in an airport right now waiting on a delayed flight so that I can get to Boston to start my training. Hopefully all goes well and I should be headed to Arizona in a few weeks to start working with an amazing Surgeon.

What was the most valuable thing you learned at Medical Sales College/What piece of training do you use the most in your day-to-day activities?

This is a tough question because all of the material has value. I think that the day we spent with Scott was the most important for landing the job, however, all the other information will be vitally important once I am out in the field.

Why should someone attend the Medical Sales College if they want this career?

As I mentioned before, this industry is very much “Who you know, not what you know.” So if you don’t know anybody in the industry that can help land you an interview, then MSC is by far the best way to get an entry-level interview.

What do you know now that you wish you had known before entering the industry/attending Medical Sales College?

I want to make it clear that without MSC on my Resume I would have never gotten the opportunity to interview for this job. Period.
However, please be aware that the 92%* placement rating is not because MSC holds your hand and gets you the job. ZeroFee recruiting is a great tool, however, you will be responsible for finding your own interviews. This industry is built on a “Self-Starter” type of mentality and that will immediately start when you graduate. Nobody is going to hold your hand and get you an interview. MSC gives you the tools, but it’s your job to go out and use them to land an interview.
Also, make sure you have an idea of where you are going to work while you are going through this interview process. The interview process for most people will take 1-3 months, and you don’t want to be stuck without an income during that time.