When I was growing up in Vietnam, I rarely heard the often-used English phrase “You can do anything you set your mind to.” This is because the Vietnamese, along with much of Asia, lack the robust economy and, therefore, the variety of job opportunities that are available in the United States. Pay is lower, jobs are more limited, and finding a job that will support you and your family is more difficult.
Because of the lack of job and education opportunities in Vietnam, any chance to get an education or work online is a gift. The Internet can offer chances to earn money and gain knowledge even in countries like Vietnam that do not offer much variety on location.
My cousin learned this lesson several years ago. Like me, he was born and raised in Vietnam, but had not yet come to the US. In Vietnam, he was unable to find a meaningful career, and ended up stuck in a dead-end job that barely paid his family’s bills.
He wanted more for himself and his family, and asked me to help him get to the United States. I was able to work on my end to get him a visa, and he came over four years ago with the hopes of saving up enough money to give him and his family a better life in Vietnam.
Even as a janitor, my cousin was able to make more money than he could in Vietnam. But, the job was tedious, and he missed his family. He was afraid he would find himself stuck again, when a fellow janitor told him about a friend who had recently gotten into the medical billing field. In this field, my cousin learned, you process claims, conduct medical coding, and develop relationships with insurance companies to get bills paid for medical companies.
Even better, my cousin learned, the job provides an excellent salary, can be a rewarding career and, best of all, can be done online, since the work consists primarily of updating databases and writing emails. That was all my cousin needed to hear. From that day forward, he worked toward becoming a medical billing and coding expert. He took online classes to become certified, and immediately moved back to Vietnam to be with his family.
Because of the online nature of the medical billing field, he was able to continue his medical billing and medical coding job from Vietnam. Now, he receives more than enough money to support his family, while remaining in his native country and being with his wife and three children.
My cousin needed to travel to the US to learn about the exciting job opportunity in medical billing. However, he was able to obtain his training and certification in the field simply by taking online classes. And, once he had this knowledge, he was able to continue his job even across the Pacific. Whether in Asia or North America, he was able to forge a meaningful medical billing career.