Coding Pathways #6 ~~~ from Housekeeping to Coding
CODING PATHWAYS #6 ~~~ from Housekeeping to Coding … by: Angelica Castro, CPC
Hello, my name is Angelica Castro, CPC and I would like to tell you how my life changed when I found a career in coding. I did not graduate high school and had my first child at 18 years old. I jumped around from retail to factory work for the first 14 years of my adult life. I always knew this is not what I wanted for myself and my family, but I wanted to wait till my kids got older before I would consider college. I finally got tired of working factory jobs and decided to apply at my local hospital for a housekeeping position as I knew getting my foot in the door could lead me to other areas in the hospital. I worked in housekeeping for over two years and seen and cleaned things I’d much rather forget. I tried applying for other areas in the hospital but quickly realized without a high school diploma I had no chance. I knew it was time to get my GED. I signed up for a month of GED classes; took the GED test and passed. About a month after passing my GED, I landed a position as an ER registrar at the same hospital. There I learned how much I loved working in the Healthcare field. There were many aspects of the job that required Medical terminology and knowledge of charge entering. Due to my lack of knowledge I decided to apply at a community college to further my education in the health care field. I decided to take Office Administration Health Care support. There I was introduced to coding among other healthcare services. I quickly learned that coding was the way I wanted to go. So, when the chance to get into the billing department opened…I applied and got the job. I spent the 2 years I was in college working in billing which was great as I worked closely with the coders in our department. I finally graduated college and then found out my employer would pay for my CPC exam; I was thrilled. I took the CPC exam the first time and failed; I was extremely disappointed but tried one more time and passed. Seeing the certificate in the mail was one of The. Best. Days. of. My. Life! After passing my CPC, I was given a position in our coding department. Six months into my new career I found the Jobs for American Coders Facebook site. The pay being offered on some of the job postings were double what I was making, and I decided to apply for some of those posts. I applied and got a job working full-time for an insurance company. Soon after that I found a part time position as well. Coding has been a blessing as I am able to work two jobs from home and making more money than I had in the past. I can comfortably support my family now and love what I do. The purpose of this letter is to let others know that it is never to late to further your career and do not ever give up! As a CPC-A at the time, I was able to land two jobs. Coding is a passion, you do it because you love it and not just for the money or to work from home; those are just the perks. If you are patient and determined, you will succeed.