Students interested in pursuing medical careers received advice from a range of experts at a seminar hosted by North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC).
The event was the first careers seminar to be held at NSETC, which is a specialist free school for students aged 14-19 with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), combined with a strong business ethos in which enterprise is incorporated into the curriculum.
Bristol University gave advice on applying to study medicine, Oxford Brookes University provided an overview on allied health professions such as nursing and midwifery and the University of the West of England (UWE) offered in-depth information about their health science degrees such as biomedical science.
There were also careers stands hosted by experts in the industry including medical students, an osteopath, an optician, paramedic and an ITU nurse. Nurses from Weston Hospital provided information about the opportunities available at the hospital and how to obtain work experience with them.
Karen Cornick, Principal at NSETC, which has been described as ‘a new model of learning’, said: “Our close links to organisations have enabled us to give ‘real-life’ experiences within the classroom.
“The careers seminar has helped our students understand the different career paths available within the medical sector and has given them an insight into the qualifications and skills they need in order to progress into their chosen careers.
“We hope this event has inspired the medicine workforce of the future and on behalf of NSETC I would like to thank all of the universities and businesses that attended as without their support it would not have been possible.”
Paige Baillis, a Year 12 NSETC student who is aiming to study medicine, said: “The seminars have been really beneficial to understand the various medicine-related courses on offer at universities around the country.
“The career stands were very useful as well, because I had the opportunity to speak to staff about their own experiences in the workplace.
Today has widened my perspective of all of the different options that are out there, but has also made me more informed on how to research the various professions to help me decide what I want to pursue as my career.”
Isaac Middleton, a Year 12 NSETC student who wants to be a paramedic, added: “It has been really useful to speak to members of staff from various medical organisations, especially the paramedics. It was interesting to understand what progression route they followed to achieve the career they’re in now.”
The next careers seminar at NSETC is taking place on Wednesday 2nd December. The seminar is being led by BAM Construction who will provide an insight into gaining a career within the construction industry. For further information or to register your attendance, contact Emma Cox on 01934 411477 or Emma.Cox@nsetc.n-somerset.sch.uk.