Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Faculty of Applied Health Science Resources…

Looking for some program-specific resources to help you in your career planning process?? We have tons of great resources that can assist anyone in the various programs…this week’s focus: 

The Faculty of Applied Health Science

Degree Exploration Guides (“DEGs”) – Program-specific guides that offer a multitude of information about career options, professional associations, job search sites, volunteering/interning in your field, and much more! Available online or in the Career Resource Centre (main floor of the Learning Commons).

CareerZone – This is our job posting board for on-campus and off-campus opportunities (paid and unpaid). You can narrow down the search criteria in order to search for jobs related to healthcare and medical jobs, sports and recreation jobs, etc. There are also many abroad opportunities posted if you think you would like to travel during or after school! Check out CareerZone today!

Print Resources – We have various books available for specific faculties/programs as well…

“Opportunities in Health & Medical Careers”

“Opportunities in Sports & Fitness Careers”

“Resumes for Health & Medical Careers”

“Cracking the MCAT” The Princeton Review 2013-2014 Edition 

All of these books and more are available in the Career Resource Centre!

Coming soon…Faculty Specific Resume Samples!!! We have been working hard on creating new and improved resume samples for all of the programs at Brock…they will be located in the Resource Centre and on our website as soon as they are finished.

Here are some great tips, for students in the Faculty of Applied Health Science, from our friends at Cosmic Coaching Centre:

Earning a degree in applied health science allows you to have a flexible, exciting, and profitable career. With the continuous growth in the demand for health science professionals, the employment outlook for those with such degree is highly positive. However, there is a common question in the minds of students taking up this course, which is whether or not they still have to go to graduate school in order to be competitive in the job market.

As a student hoping to get a job with a degree in applied health science, you should focus on selling your abilities, skills, and knowledge to your potential employers. There are many ways you could do this actually.

ABILITIES AND SKILLS: It is very important for employers to know what you can do and how well you do those things. Of course, they need to be sure that you have the skills and personal traits that will make you deserving of the job they are to offer. Thus, you must be creative enough in promoting your skills. In doing so, highlight your abilities in terms of:

i. Work history 
ii. Achievements 
iii. Responsibility
iv. Being a team-player
v. Willingness and ability to learn new things      
vi. Ability to solve problems
vii. Public speaking
viii. Computer skills (web design, powerpoint, and so on)  
ix. Excellent laboratory skills
KNOWLEDGE: A degree in Applied Health Science consists of various basic courses in science, with the addition of wellness, aging/gerontology, public health, and other courses related to health. In applying for a job, you should demonstrate your proficiency in certain fields, such as:
                -Marketing and sales of medical or pharmaceutical equipment
        -Health Insurance
-Entry-level administrative jobs in hospitals
-Management-trainee jobs in firms offering temporary medical staffing, for instance home health aifes and even on-call nurses
-Administrative positions in non-profit organization that handle types of health-relates issues

In general, any patient care jobs out there require licensure and specialized training. But the good thing is that many of these jobs are also open to those who have a bachelor’s degree as long as they have the personal abilities or skills and the basic training to perform the job. It is to your advantage that the field of “health care” is too broad, and so you may easily apply for an administrative position if you don’t have a graduate degree.

As an alternative to going to a graduate school, you may consider enrolling in an associate degree program offered in many community colleges and even online schools to have a bigger chance for career advancement. This way, you will be eligible to get the proper licensure and training for certain jobs, including dental hygiene, nursing, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and many others.

Thanks again to Cosmic Coaching Centre for writing this article just for us, we really appreciate it!

Don’t forget to stop by the Career Services Resource Centre, or to our website, and utilize our fantastic faculty-specific resources!

Stay healthy my friends!

Jami Coughler, Senior Career Assistant

4th Year Bachelor of Public Health (Honours); BA Sociology (Honours) ‘11

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