What started as an idea at a lively Careers in Care meeting got the ball rolling on a highly successful event for the young people of Dundee and Angus. It was identified that young people were not aware of the variety of career pathways available in the care sector. From that, they recognised a need for a careers in health care showcase type event.
Aimed at S3 to S5 (13-17 year olds) in the region, Careers in Health Care highlighted the diverse range of health care careers and the pathways into these careers available to young people.
The event was a partnership between NHS Tayside, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus and the University of Dundee School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The venue and dates were easy decisions, Dundee Science Centre is running a Medical Marvels exhibition and Scottish Apprenticeship Week was taking place on 6 March making it the perfect opportunity to showcase all the different career pathways available in health care.
With a wide range of career options available to narrow down the activities into a select few hands-on sessions to capture the attention of the young people was difficult but they organisers decided on the following;
- Nursing Simulation,
- Medical Physics,
- Mental Health Nursing,
- Occupational Therapy – Brain Injury,
- Occupational Therapy – Child Development,
- Diabetic Eye Screening,
- Blood Science,
- Range of Careers in Health Care Support Workers.
On the day, around 200 young people from across Dundee and Angus discovered an insight into the opportunities available at interactive taster sessions. The day was split into two mini events with the young people having two 25 minutes’ sessions of their choice after which they had the opportunity to go around the other sessions.
Dundee and Angus College were also on-hand to offer advice and guidance on Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships.
With so many people in the centre available to offer information and guidance the young people weren’t short of inspiration.
The feedback from the young people who attended was very positive, they gained a valuable insight into the careers available, and many said they would now consider a career in health care. Responses on the day included;
“Overall I found this afternoon very interesting and really fun.”
“It was really educational and I would recommend it to other people.”
“It was an excellent experience; it was just the best.”