We’re putting on an evening for high school students from all over Northland to ask a panel of great nurses, doctors, paramedics, medical imaging technologists, veterinarians, hospital managers, dentists, orthodontists and other health professionals probing questions: Is being a paramedic a good job? What’s it like to treat someone who is dying? Or to be a hospital manager managing hundreds of people and millions of healthcare dollars? Did you always know you wanted to be a veterinarian? Do you always love your job? How do I get into med/vet/dental school? What are the positives and negatives of the job? What advice do you wish you had been given when you were a student? What if I’m no good at maths? What was your backup plan?
In short it’s going to be a wonderful chance for kids who ‘might’ want to be in the health professions to ask some serious questions in a small group, very personal setting with a bunch of friendly health workers who know what it’s like to be a kid facing a big life choice!
I helped put this event together to expose Northland students to a range of health professionals from a variety of circumstances, emphasising rural, Northland, and Maori backgrounds, recent graduates, and non-traditional educational paths. Many of these professionals have inspiring life stories, and they’re all interested helping advise kids on the path to meaningful, productive careers.
It is my hope that this group of health professionals can inspire students who might never have thought the health professions were for them.
Please spread the word. All are welcome. This is held with the strong support of Huanui College…but it is for ALL Northland kids and their whanau.