Taking the Next Step to a career in Health
Over 50 senior school students from around the state attended an informative and engaging Next Step Health workshop held at the Alfred Hospital on 27 September.
Merrin Bamert from Health Workforce Branch at the Department of Health was the first speaker. Merrin provided the students with a wonderful overview of the health profession, including the key issues facing the health needs of Victorians. Those attending got a real insight into what health professions will be in demand in the future. Merrin concluded her session with important information about social media and the issues for consideration from a health professional point of view.
Professor Bernie Marshall from the Faculty of Health at Deakin University was next to speak and provided a thoroughly engaging presentation to give the students a much clearer insight into the university system. Bernie introduced the student to the terminology commonly used around university and the typical structure of courses. Understanding what to expect is very important to help a new student feel more confident about study.
After a quick quiz by Deakin University's Kerry Tucker the next speaker was Amanda Perdomo, a medical physicist at the Alfred and a recent graduate. Amanda gave the students an insight into radiation and the different methods used in hospitals as well as the work of a medical physicist. Amanda talked about her career and learning journey. Read more about Amanda on her professional profile.
University support services were covered by Kerry next to help the students understand what support there is. Kerry informed the audience that, "everything is there to help students achieve their best during their studies".
The event was fortunate to have nine current university students attend to hold some discussion groups about their studies and how they coped with the transition to university. The group included students from University of Melbourne, Monash University and Deakin University, covering courses such as Oral Health, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Speech Pathology and Health Sciences. This was great opportunity to get some useful advice such as "not being afraid to seek out help", "ensuring you have a balance of study and down time", "writing down your plans and goals to act as a reminder of why you are studying."
It was great to see so many students talking with the university students once the event had ended - there were just so many questions!
Attending students made the following comments about what they learned from the event:
"Hearing different stories from the uni students it really helped me think about my future."
"If I don't get the score I need, the world is not over and there is always a way to succeed."
"University is not all about study, we have opportunities for having fun as well."
"University seemed rather intimidating for me, but listening to some of the [uni] students eased my concerns."
"This workshop made me more certain about choosing the health pathway."
In addition to students participating in the event, LEAP also ran a workshop for parents/guardians of the students attending. This session was run by School University Liaison Officers who work closely with LEAP priority schools across the state.
LEAP into… Health activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Health. View all Health Activities available to your school.