Once upon a time, there were many ads out there for different medical coding schools. I don’t want to point out any specific one, but let’s just say, I do have a specific one in my head as I’m writing this. This particular ad promised new and potentially new medical coding students 2 things. They said that the students would get a medical coding job right after coding school, and they would work also work from home.
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Time and time again, this is the narrative that many schools put out there. While it is possible to get a coding job right after coding school and it is possible to work from home—I think it’s very misleading to encourage new coders to come into the field with that expectation. Landing a coding position, right after school AND it being a remote job–will be like finding a needle in a haystack.
The fact of the matter is, many medical coders have to start their career in another position that is similar to coding, but not technically coding. That is perfectly ok and there is nothing wrong with that! I talk about this in my online class for new coders. I definitely want this fact to be out there more.
Now this leads me to the next myth–that all medical coders work from home. While it is true that some do, many of us do not and we work onsite. It really just depends on how the business/company is set up. With that being said, there are many advantages to working onsite, but that is a story for another day.
What has your experience been with this? Do you agree? Disagree? Feel free to leave a comment!
Thanks for reading,
Lindsay Della Vella, COC
My passion is helping new coders and being there for them as a mentor. The coding world can be difficult to navigate in the beginning! I was fortunate enough to have a few different mentors along the way and it helped me tremendously. Now I want to pay it forward and do the same for others.
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