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Follow This Leader: Macey Estes

Macey Estes
September 22, 2022
By: Macey Estes
Clinical Engineering Biomedical Equipment Technician at OhioHealth
Marion Tech Class of 2019

MTC set me up for success from day one! I had zero confidence walking into my first appointment with admissions. I had no idea of what I wanted to do; I just knew that I needed something different after being a hairdresser for eight years. With a little help, I made my decision. I followed in my dad’s footsteps and got the same degree in electrical engineering he did from MTC 20 years prior. Marion Tech gave me so many opportunities and I met some great people along the way.

Life was pure chaos when I was a student. My youngest of three children was six months old during my first semester. I was taking the hardest math class of my entire life, but I persevered. At one point, I was working full time in a salon, completing my co-op at the hospital, maintaining a full-time load, volunteering through Phi Theta Kappa (student honor society), and taking the career readiness academy. I also took up running in my “spare time” and completed my first 5K! Plus, I tried to be a dedicated mom. Sometimes, I would have to study during softball games and remain present for my children. There were times when I would lose out on a good night’s rest, so I could complete my homework on time. With all that being said, it’s never too late to start and hard work really does pay off.

Macey EstesI have three pieces of advice for current students:

1.) Sleep! You’ll probably ignore this advice, but it’s helpful during your college journey.

2.) Seek joy in the small moments. Don’t be afraid to carve out time for yourself. Even if it’s just sitting in your car in absolute silence, taking deep breaths for 10 minutes before class, or going the long way to your next class and catching some fresh air—those small things will restore your sanity on the tough days.

3.) Be involved! Take opportunities that are out of your comfort zone. During a business tour with the career readiness group, I learned that engineers could be in health care. I had no idea. Now, I work at that same place I toured. Put yourself out there and build positive relationships with your Marion Tech professors. Ask them for help - that’s what they are there for! If they see you taking initiative, they will have your back all the way through your journey.

I didn’t even realize my job was an option with my degree! I have found my place until the next chapter. My career brings daily challenges that keep me going and it is rewarding to help others. I could not have imagined the other side of graduation would be this great.'

The Office of Career Services is here to assist current students and alumni with a variety of services, including:

  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Interview prep
  • Dressing for success
  • Internships and co-ops
  • Job searches
  • Professional photo for LinkedIn

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