Always looking toward the next phase of his career, alumni Joe McMahon, PTA, B.S., has the art of pursuing professional goals down to a science.
Since his time as a student in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Clarkson College, McMahon has set and surpassed his professional goals. He continues his calculated academic successes as a soon-to-be graduate of the Master’s degree in Health Care Administration program option. He currently works as a Mako Product Specialist, specializing in total joint surgery robotics at Stryker Orthopaedic in Omaha, Neb., and is taking steps to develop his professional skills and keep up with the ever-changing health care field.
Absolutely! The exposure I received immediately to statewide programs through NPTA [Nebraska Physical Therapy Association] provided me with more of an idea of where I saw myself going. I always knew that I would pursue a master’s degree, and the opportunity through the NPTA conference allowed me to pursue leadership positions early on.
I was elected Treasurer of the student segment of the NPTA, served as class President for my PTA class, and then held the role of Vice President of the Student Government Association for the College. Any time that you are able to hold these types of roles, it allows you to develop communication and leadership qualities.
They have. I am no longer working in physical therapy but am still involved in the health care field, applying all the education that I have received. I believe that my education has made me become a more well-rounded individual and that my experiences have made me marketable to the company I currently work for.
I am seven hours away from completing my master’s degree, and then I continue to look into literature pertaining to how my industry is changing. With how quickly health care is evolving, it will be important to be ahead of the curve as much as possible.
At this moment I am taking everything in stride. Of course, I would like to see myself in a leadership position, but since my role is still relatively new, there will be room for growth into new leadership positions.
Goals help you establish a standard for yourself, and if you are with the right company, then your own standards should reflect those of the company. In many cases, your standards should be higher than that of the company. When you do establish those high standards and demonstrate integrity for the company and your patients, your leadership traits can serve as a model for those that you work with or any of the students that may come your way.