Students get a taste of health careers


Students get a taste of health careersStaff from the Western Trust met at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen, to share their work experiences with hundreds of students as part of a Careers Convention. 
More than 700 students from across Fermanagh and Tyrone attended the event on Tuesday 26 February 2019 to give them an idea of the roles they could pursue in the health service.
This is the second event staged by the Fermanagh Learning Community, a group of schools dedicated to building support in the area, and was the biggest one yet, with twice the number of people attending than last year! The event was designed to provide advice and support to students who are deciding on their career pathways after year 14.
Having the careers event held locally meant the students could save travelling time going to Belfast for similar events. The Fermanagh event brought together all the universities and local employers to enable students to get the information they needed without missing out on valuable study time.
Western Trust staff provided guidance on the many facets of working in health, with a range of specialists on hand to speak to the teenagers. On the day there were professionals from physiotherapy, optometry, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, pharmacy, nutrition and dietetics, social work, psychology, radiography, bio-medical sciences, health physiology, podiatry, domiciliary care, support services and healthcare building and engineering.
The specialists at each advice station said they were very impressed by how informative the young people were with the types of questions they were asking about working in health.
Universities from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland were joined by local universities on the day. These included Letterkenny IT, NUI Galway, Ulster University, Dublin City University, CAFRE, Sligo Institute of Technology, Queen’s University, Napier Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, Trinity College Dublin, St Mary’s College Belfast, South West College, Cumbria University, Northumbria University, Staffordshire University and Aberystwyth University.
Also in attendance were careers advisors from the Army, Navy and PSNI. Major employers from Deloitte, Price Waterhouse Cooper and Quinn Building products were also at hand to provide guidance and advice.
Throughout the event there were separate breakout rooms with 18 talks on various themes, such as completing UCAS and CAO applications, foundation degrees at South West College, applying for engineering, applying for Scottish Courses, UK fees and Higher Level Apprenticeships.
Among the Fermanagh schools who attended on the day were Devenish College, Erne Integrated College, St Michael’s College, St Aidan’s High School, St Fanchea’s College, St Joseph’s College, Mount Lourdes Grammar, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School and St Kevin’s College.
Other schools attending from Tyrone were Fivemiletown Community College, Castlederg High School, Holy Cross College Strabane, Omagh Academy, Omagh High School, St Ciaran’s College Ballygawley, Christian Brothers Omagh and South West College Omagh.