Taking the Next Step to a career in Health
Attending an informative event held in the teaching facilities of Monash University at the Alfred Hospital on 10 April was an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about what it's like to study at university. During the day, the 48 senior students from 18 different Victorian secondary schools learned what's involved in completing health related courses at university and talked with current students who shared their learning experiences.
Merrin Bamert from Health Workforce Branch at the Department of Health provided the students with a wonderful overview of the health profession, the unprecedented changes in demographic caused by Australia’s ageing population, and the issues that it will raise. Those attending got a real insight into what health professions will be in demand in the future.
Merrin also provided information about the perils of social media for students’ budding professional profiles and encouraged students to think of themselves as their own personal brand in their first steps towards post secondary education.
Students learnt about university terminology and contact hours, class structure and HECS fees. Student support services, such as medical services, counselling and multi-faith chaplains were discussed as well as other services universities offer, to ensure students succeed in their studies and attain employment upon graduation. Clubs and societies at university were described as a great way of meeting like-minded people. For example, Harry Potter fans attending Monash University would have the opportunity to participate in games of Quidditch replete with broomsticks, seekers and the golden snitch.
Students also participated in a mindfulness eating activity where they learned the benefits of mindfulness, such as stress reduction, improved attention and concentration.
Two university students shared some insights from their learner journeys, including the importance of self-care to monitor stress levels and health, and the opportunities to transfer to other courses as as you progress in your study and review which health career is the right one for you.
Students provided feedback on what they learnt, including there are many pathways into university, there are many opportunities in the health area and not to stress about year 12 or getting the right ATAR as there are always ways around it.
LEAP into… Health activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Health. View all Health Activities available to your school.