Careers day inspires future NHS professionals

MORE than 70 students took a step towards their dream jobs during an NHS Careers Day at Priestley College.

Members of the Health & Social Care cohort took part in the virtual event run by Cheshire and Warrington Pledge.

“The aim of the day was to raise awareness of more than 300 roles within the NHS,” said Priestley’s Work Experience Coordinator Pam Gardner.

“It was a chance for our students to look at entry routes into these careers and hear what the speakers thought were important aspects to consider when applying for the roles.”

Those who took part were able to ask questions of the speakers via an online chat. The experts included a GP, physio, healthcare assistant and paramedic along with people in non-clinical roles such as IT and administration.

Kesia Jimmy, who studies Sociology and Religious Studies alongside Health & Social Care, said the day had helped her make some decisions about her future.

“I wanted to find out from different healthcare professionals what the experiences of their jobs have been like,” said the former Cardinal Newman RC High School pupil.

“Before this event I was thinking about going into adult nursing, but now I am keeping my options open and exploring different careers in the NHS.”

For former Bridgewater High School pupil Joe Evans the highlight was hearing from a paramedic about what it takes to do the job.

“It provided me with crucial information that I will take on board when applying to university,” said Joe, who is studying Applied Science with Health & Social Care.

“I hope to become a paramedic with St John’s Ambulance service because I like the idea that no two days would be the same and the work environment would always be fast-paced.”

Pictured: Kesia Jimmy and Joe Evans who took part in the NHS Careers Day at Priestley College.

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