Keiser University provides an annual economic impact in the state of Florida of more than $3 billion and prides itself on career placement assistance for students. Enid Rubert, a Keiser University Orlando two-time graduate, is one of many students to achieve a successful career after graduating, but unlike most students, Rubert’s career path led her back to Keiser University.

Rubert completed the Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program in the early 2000s at Keiser University Orlando and was prepared to enter the workforce. She was immediately hired at the site of her externship and worked her way up in internal medicine and pediatrics for almost nine years.

“I wanted to be in a career that helps others,” she said, reminiscing on her decision to enter the healthcare field. She said that growing up she always took care of her younger siblings and grandparents, so the combination of this plus her admiration for the career led to her decision to earn a degree.

Rubert, who was born in Puerto Rico but raised in Minnesota, said that she is the first in her family to complete a bachelor’s degree, a feat which she is extremely proud of.

After nine years in the healthcare field, Rubert was offered an opportunity to teach at the very same place where she obtained her degree. She was hired by Keiser University Orlando to teach in Medical Assisting, and earned her license in x-ray technology, which she used to teach classes at the university.

Rubert taught at the Orlando campus for another nine years and simultaneously worked towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Keiser University. She completed her degree at the end of 2021, and after witnessing the devastating effects of the pandemic for nearly two years, she wanted to put her new skills to use by working in a hospital.

At the beginning of March, Rubert will begin her new position on the cardiac transplant unit of Advent Health Orlando, but she hopes one day to continue teaching, as it has become another passion of hers. She is also considering working towards her Master of Science in Nursing, which may come again at the hands of Keiser University.

“I’m in a unit [at Advent Health] that I really have interest in, so I can see myself growing in it,” she said.

Rubert admitted that she is sad to leave her Keiser University students behind but is looking forward to helping the community in the cardiac transplant unit.

“Keiser has been a big part of my life, part of my career, and part of my growth,” she said. “But the pandemic has really pushed me into thinking, ‘hey, I need to make a move now. I need to get into this program, I need to be out there doing more.’”

Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a  designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked No. 5 in the U.S. in Social Mobility by U.S. News And World Report in 2022.