Patricia A. Gaudet, MS, CIH, CSP

Patricia A. Gaudet, MS, CIH, CSP

From the beginning of my undergraduate in EHS, the CIH has always been a personal goal. If I was going to pursue this career in safety and health I would strive to be the best. I felt it was not a competition with my colleagues, but a way to prove to myself I knew what I was talking about. However, after passing the CIH, I somehow down played its meaning and believed it could not be so special if I was able to achieve it. It perhaps was my own self doubt regarding my abilities. Fast forward 5 years to January 2013. I applied for an amazing opportunity at a lean manufacturing facility close to home. It would be a welcomed promotion to be offered the position. During my interview with the plant manager, I answered all the typical questions “Why do you want the job?” “Why should we hire you?”. As I was answering her questions, I look down at my resume and I saw the plant manager circling “CIH”. At that point, I knew she was aware of what it meant. I was proud and believed this would set me apart from the other interviewees. It is now 6 months later and I am in this new position. I could not be more pleased with the recognition the CIH continues to provide and how it assisted in landing my new position.