I’ve wanted to work in healthcare for as long as I can remember. I was a candy striper back in grade 9 and took all the classes I could in high school so I could achieve my goal. Shortly after graduating I made a very last-minute decision of starting the Health Care Assistant program at Sprott Shaw College. My classmates and I got so close so quick. We were like one big family, and we had the BEST instructor who pushed us and believed us, she made the class extra fun. After 5 months in the classroom, practicum finally came, my favourite part of the program. I could not have asked for better instructors, Rina and Karen were absolutely amazing. They made us think and helped us learn quicker, I’ll always be so thankful for them. After I finished practicum I gave out two resumes to my top employer choices. I was called in for an interview and hired at Eden Gardens within two days, and almost like clockwork, as soon as I finished my orientation at Eden Gardens I was called for an interview and immediately offered a position at Kiwanis Village. I feel very fortunate as both are Island Health residential care facilities. Sprott Shaw College prepared me so well for interviewing that both interviews were a breeze, I was complimented on my organization and reference choices. I am now getting full-time hours between the two jobs and could not be happier, I feel as if I have a purpose. I absolutely love what I do and I’m so glad I got my foot in the door and am now positive that I can pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.
What were you doing before attending Sprott Shaw College?
Finished High School shortly before starting the program
How has your career progressed since graduating?
Employed at two Island Health senior facilities, including the newly built Eden Gardens (Dementia Care Facility).
Would you recommend Sprott Shaw College to your friends and family? Why?