Student Testimonials

Kathryn Cole

Kathryn Cole

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Class Speciality: Academy Program

Company Placement: Argonaut Medical

Tell me a little about your background?

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services (Pre-PA) and a minor in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University. I was involved in a wide spectrum of organizations in college; Phi Sigma Pi (National Honors Fraternity), Alpha Xi Delta (National Social Sorority), Alternative Breaks (St. Jude’s, San Antonio Aids Foundation, Samaritan House Atlanta), Fundraising, Pre-PA Society, etc. I upheld leadership roles in many of the organizations. My capstone internship (School-Based Health Intern for Communities in Schools) involved the development of an on-site program at an elementary school. Throughout college I worked as a Therapy Technician at a Rehabilitation hospital. After I graduated from WMU, I worked as a Resident Care Supervisor at a Senior Living facility. As I dabbled in various areas in the medical field and gained valuable experience, I realized I was highly intrigued by the business aspect of the medical field.

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

I discovered MSC through a friend from college who attended the school. I immersed myself with numerous research tactics involving the field. There were many parts to the Medical Sales industry that drew me in…First and foremostthe potential to make a sustainable living, while loving what I do. Second, having the ability to be in the OR and the ability to truly make a difference (by bringing exceptional knowledge and experience regarding the product/surgery).

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

I was in contact/interviewing with this company for four months and also I interviewing with various other companies. The experience was overall rewarding. I learned a lot through the interview process and I was able to grasp an even better concept of the industry as a whole. Of course, at times it was frustrating. It takes patience and persistence. I couldn’t be happier with my current position- it truly was the perfect fit!

How did you learn about Medical Sales College?

A friend from college attended MSC and told me about the school.

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

I wouldn’t say it was ‘fears’, more-so anxious/anticipation. I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I was really excited and open-minded towards the entire experience.

What ultimately made you decide to attend the College?

Talking with the Admissions Department at the Medical Sales College.

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

It was an experience, unlike any experience I’ve had before. I learned a vast amount of information in a short period of time. It was inspirational to meet other young adults (like myself) in my class who were driven and passionate. There was a great balance of individual and group work. Online coursework was helpful prior to coming to MSC, because it was applicable information to the hands-on coursework. The whole experience was professional and fun!

Explain what your interview process was like.

The interview process was definitely an experience. At times, it felt grueling, and other times it was intriguing. The entire process was an educational experience and I learned A LOT about interviewing situations, various companies, and the industry as a whole. It was all worth it. After a lot of hard work, persistence, and patience, I landed a rewarding opportunity.

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

I utilized the ‘main points’ and the ‘dos/don’ts’ to focus on, during the interview. I highlighted key points that were relative to the job/field. I always asked for the job, the next step, and followed-up. I discussed surgeon profiling and all of the skills I gained attending MSC.

What will you do in your new job?

I am an associate sales representative (spine). I will be directly working/assisting with one of the company’s top sales representatives-covering cases, consulting, and assisting with growth in sales.

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?

Honestly, it is hard to pick just one. I just completed my first week in my new position and I felt incredibly prepared. I believe being PREPARED and having a ‘ONE MORE’ mindset is the most valuable thing that I learned at Medical Sales College.

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

Because I couldn’t imagine entering this field without attending the Medical Sales College-it’s a no brainer.