Professionals inspire future healthcare heroes

Ruth Peterson | October 6, 2021

Excited students hoping to become healthcare professionals glimpsed their futures at a packed careers event.

There was a buzz at the Bronte Lecture Theatre at Bradford College’s David Hockney Building as more than 70 second-year Health and Social Care Level 3 students met healthcare professionals from around West Yorkshire. They spoke to midwives, psychologists, child and adult nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists, health care support workers, social workers and teacher training professionals about the job roles they are studying towards. The one-to-one conversations also helped them with potential university interviews.

Finding the spark

One student said: “It was so helpful to speak to an actual nurse, I learnt that even though I wanted to work in child nursing, I didn’t realise that child nursing heavily involves talking to adult parents and carers.”

Students who were unsure of their future careers had the opportunity to speak to the healthcare professionals to try to find their ‘spark’.

Progression to higher education specialists from Bradford College were also on hand to give advice on UCAS applications.

“I can be a social worker”

Sarah James, Level 3 Health and Social Care Year 2 Course Lead, organised the event. She invited contacts and colleagues from the NHS to make sure a wide variety of professionals was available to support her students.

Another student at the event said: “It has really helped me to realise that I could be a social worker and study here at Bradford College.”

The professionals commented that the students were respectful, interested and engaged in what they had to say and were delighted to encourage them.

Curriculum Manager for Early Years, Health & Social Care Victoria Carter said: “The students really appreciated listening to the reality of the job roles their courses were leading to, and the wide variety of careers they had not thought about.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to the 12 professionals who had taken time out of their busy schedules to promote these careers and inspire the next generation.”

Health and Social Care at Bradford College

By studying Health and Social Care courses at Bradford College, you could have a career where you are making a difference to people’s lives.

Our courses lead to roles such as nursing, emergency care, occupational therapy and many more.

Read more about our Health courses here.

Careers in the Health and Social Care sector are varied, challenging and satisfying. With a career in the caring professions, you will make a real difference to people’s lives every day.

Find out more about our Social Care and Community courses on our website

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