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PMH and Dauphin high school coordinate ‘career day’

January 2023

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) and the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School (DRCSS) teamed up to undertake an interactive day of career exploration just before the school Christmas break in December 2022. The school and PMH coordinated the one-day tour of the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, with an aim of providing details on employment opportunities that exist in the health-care sector. Fourteen students from the Grade 9 Life/Works class participated in the initiative.

PMH recruitment coordinator Savannaha Robertson says the ‘tour-day’ provided a well-rounded opportunity for students to gain insight into the many career opportunities that exist within the community at the Health Centre.

 “I really enjoyed the enthusiasm from students as well as staff,” Robertson said. “I feel like the in-person approach really helped students get a ‘behind the scene’ view and truly envision what they may see themselves doing in the future.”

The Life/Works  career development program is divided into five themes: Personal Management, Career Exploration, Learning and Planning, Job Seeking and Job Maintenance and Career and Community Experiences. The program provides students with an overview of career development outcomes with emphasis on building positive self-esteem, exploring self-assessment, locating work information and selecting high school courses. 

Course teacher Heather Kindret says the tour was extremely informative.

“Many of my students did not realize the variety of occupations available at the hospital and personal care home,” Kindret said. “During our tour, some of the students commented that they would like to perform the position described in the different areas we visited. The staff were very helpful in explaining what their department did and what their occupation entailed, which was invaluable, especially when post-secondary education is required.”

PMH Recruitment Supervisor Larissa Kominko says a short evaluation of the initiative will occur and then it’s hoped a similar approach can take place with other schools in the health region.

“Providing the students with an in-person experience helps them to better understand the various departments and roles within the health-care team,” Kominko stated. “We hope this will entice students to consider health care positions now and into the future.” 

Robertson thanks all of the hospital departments and staff that participated and assisted in explaining  details of the various job sectors. Some of those included nursing, lab and imaging, ambulance and non-front-line opportunities such as work in laundry, dietary and other materiel management areas.

Dphn Career Day Dec 2022