Having recently become a Blue Cottage employee, I must say that I love this place. The people and environment here are unlike any other place I’ve worked. Everyone is relaxed, helpful and just plain nice. I felt very welcomed and at home from the first few minutes of being in the Ann Arbor office, even if I did get lost downtown and there was a search party sent out after me.
I had talked to Juliet a few times about securing this opportunity, but as we all know she is quite busy. I had some vague impression that I would be doing a research project that she had thought up specifically to keep me busy. I think her exact quote was “let’s combine math, healthcare and social justice.”
Little did I know that I would essentially take over as secretary, junior accountant, trip coordinator, and general research assistant. I am amazed at how much respect and responsibility the team has given to me. I am so glad to be contributing meaningfully to the company and, in my own small way, to the state of healthcare in North America.
This first week, I was flying solo. Shelby, the administrative assistant who was one of the original employees at Blue Cottage, moved on to new opportunities and has left with some big shoes to fill. My office mates, Andy and Dawn are of course always willing to help, but I am trying to be as self-sufficient as possible.
Even though I’ve only been employed here at Blue Cottage for a matter of weeks, I have already learned so much. I have gained an understanding of basic accounting and how to use the software; learned how to operate in an office setting; and I am being exposed to the healthcare industry as a whole. My research has been utilized in client presentations and processed invoices. Oh, I have also discovered all of the good places to eat in Dallas, without ever having been there! I’m definitely hitting-up the Rusty Taco when in Texas.
Catherine Mouch is a Healthcare Intern at Blue Cottage Consulting.