Approximately 50 students “cruzed” through The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) on March 7 for an up‐close look at the many career opportunities available in a hospital setting. #careercruze is a new and innovative program developed by TSH that guides students through the many facets of health care – from clinical to administrative to support services – so they are able to explore future career choices.
“I would definitely come back again next year,” says Annabelle Alberton, Grade 9 student. “It was great to see other areas of the hospital like finance, and it was so cool being in the lab. It gave me a look at so many different options.”
#careercruze was launched to complement the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day and provide a more robust and comprehensive look at careers at TSH. It also provides students with an opportunity to match their current interests with a potential career or perhaps discover a new passion.
The students participated in one of four scenarios, which led them though different areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Department, Operating Room, Dialysis Unit, Finance, Information Systems, Complex Centre for Diabetes Care, the Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging and more, where they met with staff to learn first‐hand about different careers in health care.
“At TSH, we believe in the value of life‐long learning, and #careercruze is one component of a larger initiative to not only support students, but also our staff and future staff in achieving their career goals,” says Rhonda Lewis, Vice‐President, Human Resources and Patient Relations. “Whether beginning their career, continuing on their journey or changing direction, there are so many career opportunities in health care, and we want to help our community discover the range of possibilities available at TSH.”
The #careercruze event also included a presentation from two Toronto Police Officers on the risks of distracted driving and group discussions about what the students learned from their hospital “cruze.”
This year’s program was open to students in Grades 9 and 10, but will expand in future years to include students of all grades.