I have heard many formal discussions and informal conversations about the problem we face in recruiting new technologists, finding potential students to choose this career, and enter our formal training programs. Every week, an H.R. person calls me and says “People in your specialty are impossible to find! I cannot fill open positions!” We have all experienced a situation where someone casually asks us “What do you do for a living?” So, you launch into an explanation of your job title, and what you do every day. You observe a puzzled look on your listener’s face. Most people have never even HEARD of our work!
We all agree that we need publicity! If we had major funding, we could get a real T.V. ad out there about our profession, but since we don’t have finances to cover that level of expense, we have put together what we can, for free!
Did you know that there is a free, downloadable Public Service Video about a career in neurodiagnostics right on the ASET website?? This is available to anyone, and is a great resource for anyone who is putting together materials for a career fair. To access this file, please go to www.aset.org and click on the “On-line Education” button. On the first page that comes up, you will see a list of free downloads. There are four options for viewing or downloading the Career Video. Please look for “ASET PSA” and choose the file you wish to download.
And now, even more exciting, there are a series of You-Tube videos to provide information about various career options in our field! Dr. Kit, a college professor, has been organizing and collecting a series of short video presentations about all kinds of careers, which he posts on You Tube. He offered us the opportunity to create informational videos to send to him. Sara Batson, CNIM R. EEG/EP T. RPSGT; Chief Technologist of the Neurodiagnostics Lab at the Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria, IL, graciously offered to use her facility, equipment and staff to record these videos. She has videos on EPs and IONM under production, but some are ready now! They are posted on You Tube and you can check them out at http://www.drkit.org/health-care-careers/ Please share this link with your friends, and tell everyone you know that Neurodiagnostics is now on You Tube! Way to go, Sara, Thank You!