The insight that ASCP captured from a recent survey revealed a critical workforce shortage, yet there are not enough qualified people to fill the void. Many laboratory professionals are retiring and deficiencies in funding educational programs are among the issues that have led to the shortage. Even now, the public, particularly students at the high school level are unaware of the opportunities available to them as a qualified laboratory professional.
The Career Ambassador Program is designed to help change that perspective. We would like our Career Ambassadors to inspire knowledge, understanding, and a grasp of the profession, along with the challenges of the laboratory environment. We encourage ASCP-certified laboratory professionals to aid in this fascinating endeavor.
View photos of the 2013-2014 Career Ambassadors in action here.
Applications for the 2014-2015 Career Ambassador Program will be accepted until June 27, 2014
Why should you consider becoming a Career Ambassador?
One, you’ll get to point out the start on a roadmap of learning for the students, communicating strong, clearly and concisely the level of requirements needed to achieve the career of a laboratory professional. As you develop your leadership and presentation skills hosting sessions for your students, you ‘ll learn how to maintain a student-centered focus, one of responsibility, maturity and professionalism. You are compensated financially and will be provided with a distinctive opportunity to engage in ASCP’s Laboratory Management University. You will be given tools to assist in ensuring that with each session, you’ll find a new thrill and a new challenge.
What are the responsibilities of a Career Ambassador?
This is an opportunity for Career Ambassadors to act as a link to high schools and the community. Sure, you will have many responsibilities, but mainly as a Career Ambassador, you will be able to build appreciation and familiarity with the laboratory profession. One way is through classroom presentations and unique interactive activities you plan for your students. We think the experience will be insightful and loads of fun for many curious students as well as you.
Who provides funding for the program?
The ASCP Career Ambassador Program is generously sponsored by Roche, one of the world’s leading research-oriented healthcare groups with core business in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.
For more information or questions about this program, please contact the Career Ambassador Program Administrator via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 312-541-4978.
Career Ambassadors are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. The Career Ambassador Program is essential to furthering our mission of fostering excellence in our Laboratory Professional members. These individuals play a vital role in communicating with high school students:
- Sharing interesting aspects of laboratory science career tracks;
- Informing what’s it really like to work in a laboratory environment;
- Inspiring their peers and students’ views of careers in the Laboratory Sciences
The program itself is unique in that Career Ambassadors help cultivate awareness in students of other career avenues they can seek in the sciences. As a part of a group exhibiting academic excellence and strong commitment to community service, the contributions you make as a Career Ambassador will help make a lasting difference in a student’s life by encouraging them to also strive for excellence as they become leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
The goal of the program is to expose pre-college students to the critical role that laboratory professionals play as members of the healthcare team and in delivering patient care. Be a part of a great program and share your stories of why you decided to become a laboratory professional.
View the 2013-2014 Career Ambassadors here.
Applications for the 2014-2015 Career Ambassador Program are being accepted until June 27, 2014.
Who is Eligible to Apply to the Program?
Member of ASCP
Certified by the ASCP Board of Certification
Graduate of a NAACLS- or CAAHEP- accredited laboratory science program
Have graduated with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- 30 - 90 second video answering the question: “Name one person that you think has impacted the world of laboratory medicine, and explain why?” Note: The video can be sent via YouTube, CD, or DVD. Please make sure links to videos are working prior to submission. Your video should show your professionalism and touch on your presentation/speaking skills to a potential audience of high school students.
- Completed Career Ambassador Application.
- One-page letter of recommendation. The letter should come from a supervisor, hospital administrator, clinical director or professor that speaks to the applicant’s passion for the profession.
- Transcript. The transcript should clearly show your grades/GPA throughout your degree/certification program. Note: Military applicants, please submit phase completion paperwork signed by education head.
- Complete the application form in its entirety.
Where to Send Your Application Materials
ASCP Career Ambassador Program
33 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Questions? E-mail: CareerAmbassador@ascp.org.