Helen started by talking about the types of careers allied to medicine, including pharmacy, dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, paramedics and midwifery. She explained what university entry procedures are like for many of these, with group rather than individual interviews being common.
She talked about her own career, stressing that interpersonal skills and empathy are even more important than academic ability.
Then it time was time for some practical work with stethoscopes: students listened to each other to check lung function and to test for phlegm! Finally, students had a chance to think about which allied careers went with which main medical profession.
Jolene Barrett, Careers Assistant, who organised the talk, commented: “This was an excellent opportunity for students on our Health and Social Care Diploma course to find out more about the options available to them. Many of them have already given some thought to the path their careers may take, such as midwifery, child nursing and mental health nursing, but this opened their eyes to a huge range of opportunities. We are extremely grateful to Helen for giving up her time to come and talk to us.”
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