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Introducing Kids To Health Care Careers

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 3, 2022 at 12:12 PM

health care careersThe rapid development in the medical field proves that this sector is a hub for promising careers and lucrative jobs. However, most students believe that there's no place for them in the health care field unless they want to be a doctor or a nurse, according to an expert from Connected Learning with The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

However, there is a wide range of opportunities in various fields like physical therapy and radiology for kids who are thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare. Here are a few ways teachers can introduce and expand the pipeline of kids heading into health care-related fields.

Engaging Hands-On Activities

Encouraging students to participate in hands-on activities, like role-playing games with costumes or science summer camp programs, can hone them in the medical field and help them understand what they're getting into. In fact, a recent study conducted by Strongsville Middle School has found that 88% of students respond positively to project-based learning and hands-on activities when thinking about their careers in the future. This emphasises the importance of culmination activities to jump-start a student's path towards medicine or other health-related fields.

Teachers can also leverage today's modern technologies to curate effective distance learning and connect with students regardless of their distance. From webinar presentations to 3D printed prototypes, there are countless hands-on activities that can bridge the distance for medical career education to young people.

Job Shadowing Programs for Kids

Teachers can call local hospitals and nearby medical facilities to check if they allow job shadowing programs for children. Through this, aspiring young medical professionals can be accompanied by their parents in shadowing a doctor for a day and watch how he or she interacts with the patients, and tackle the challenges that come along the way.

As they get to know what it’s like to work in a hospital, they will get to know the jobs available for people with a health studies degree such as cardiologist, anesthetist, neurologist, surgeon, general practice doctor, clinical radiologist, and so on. Starting early on in medical education also increases the student's chances of getting accepted into their desired college and help them succeed in landing a career in the health care field in the future.

Inviting Guest Speakers

For children who wish to become part of the health care field, these guest speakers can serve as role models to support student learning by sharing real-world experiences in the industry.

Inviting guest speakers from a variety of health care fields is a great way to help students better understand this industry before deciding if it is the right career for them. This answers prevailing questions in their minds such as what their workday is like and what they enjoy most about their job. They can even offer some words of advice to guide the students on important matters, such as the things they wish they knew when they were just starting in the field.

Orienting children through guest speakers who are professionals in the medical field can also help teachers spot aspiring candidates who are really interested and committed to partaking in this industry.

No age is too early when it comes to educating children about their future professions and making crucial steps to help them achieve them. These preparations will help prepare aspiring medical professionals academically, which will translate into better student resumes and positive responses from prestigious colleges.


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