When I was younger, I was always impressed with my grandfather. He seemedto know somebody everywhere he went. If you would mention someone’s name tohim, he would say “I know him,” or “I know his family.” It seemed to me that my grandfather knew everyone in the entire world (that’s how young I was). Now it seems I know people.
I’ve worked full-time for two different places up to this point in life. I spent 6 ½ years at Sam’s Club and 3 years in a doctor’s office. In that time I’ve gotten to meet and work with a large number of people, both other employees and customers/patients.
At Sam’s Club I made connections with business owners. I can’t honestly say they would recognize me after all this time, but I still say to myself “I know the owner of that place” when I drive by. I also made connections with other employees. Not only do I see them around, but I also now work with some, plus others have “things they do on the side” or were just working there while going to college and now that they are business professionals and I need something, then I know people who do that thing.
At N. Medical I was constantly calling other doctors’ offices to schedule appointments for our patients. I can pretty much give you a name of someone in every local specialist office who would know me. Also any other medical scheduling centers around, such as EMMC Scheduling, St Joseph Hospital Scheduling or Regional Breast Care Center (same hospital, different scheduling department). Another cool thing is that as these people who know me find jobs elsewhere, then I take that connection with me, too.
It has come to the point where, without even realizing it, I seem to know people from all around. In the medical field especially there is probably not a place I can go without meeting someone I know. There doesn’t seem to be a doctor’s office around that someone talks about where I don’t name off people who work there. How did this amazing phenomenon occur? I’m not that old. Then again, my connection probably aren’t that extensive either. Take me outside of the medical field and I’d be struggling.
Here in my new job at EMMC Pre-reg. I knew people that work in the building before I even came here. The above mentioned Scheduling Center is in the same building, a lot of the people I work with and around are patients at the office I came out of, and I even have someone that works on the same floor as me who used to work with me at Sam’s Club.
I think it’s pretty cool that even though I’m still relatively young (hey, how much longer can I say that…) and it is relatively limited to medicine, I’ve come to ‘know people’.