These are the people that I graduated from school with, who have similar experiences and challenges as me, both during school, and after graduation, when we were facing our first few intimidating months of work as a new sonography tech.
But most importantly they help me celebrate those little moments of achievement that make ultrasound such a rewarding career.
I cannot stress enough the importance of these friends to me. As I’ve worked in the field and built up my skills and confidence I don’t lean as heavily on them as I used to, but to know that they are always there for me makes all the difference.
Through my experience I would recommend keeping in touch with your fellow ultrasound grads and making the effort to make friends in your department at work. Share a funny story about your day with them, hang out after work, chat about their day… simply put, make friends.
Having friends who can relate to your daily challenges helps to bring those challenges into perspective, remind you that you are not the only one going through tough learning situations or difficult scans, and give you a reason to laugh and look forward to the next day.
And your fellow ultrasound techs are the only people who will laugh at your corny ultrasound jokes the way they should be laughed at!
Because that is some funny shit people.
I’ve come to realize how much a certain piece of advice positively affected my first few months of student practicum and early days as a new tech.
I want to thank a very special ultrasound instructor that gave my class this great piece of advice on making friends and surviving as a new tech:
“Remember, you only need three things to survive being a new sonographer … comfortable shoes, a smile and baked goods for your new coworkers.”
An excellent way to make friends. Clearly he was not above advising us to do a little bribing in our favor, but it was sure effective and enjoyed by all. Thanks for the excellent advice.
And thank you to all my fellow friendly ultrasound students and coworkers. Your smiles and stories have positively impacted my days far more than you will ever know. Keep in touch, you always brighten my day.