Why Choose A Health Career?
- Your community needs you. The health of First Nations people continues to lag behind that of the general population. You can be a part of making sure that First nations people get the best possible care.
- Represent. First Nations healthcare providers are needed now more than ever. In 2006, First Nations people represented just over 1 percent of healthcare providers in Canada.
- Excellent job security and pay. Healthcare providers are needed whether the general economy is thriving or struggling. The strong demand for healthcare providers in Canada will likely continue as the baby-boomer generation gets older. Most healthcare providers have stable careers as well as good job benefits and pay.
- Fulfilling and satisfying work. A health career can help you fulfill your dreams and goals.
- Travel and opportunity for change. Healthcare providers are in high demand in rural and northern Canada. They are also needed all over the world.
Health Careers At-A-Glance
Arts and Humanities
Environmental Health Officer
Food Safety Specialist
Community Health Representative
Home Health Aide
Personal Support Worker
Medical Doctors specialize in many different areas, such as:
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses Practitioners specialize in many different areas, such as:
| Obstetrics and Gynaecology
There’s a health career to suit every interest!
Getting Started With A Health Career
All good work is done the way ants do things, little by little. -Lafcadio Hearn
How do I know what’s right for me?
There are dozens of health careers to choose from. To know what’s right for you, start by gathering information. You can do this by:
- Learning more about your passions and strengths, for instance by doing career tests and surveys
- Browsing publications such as Health Careers and Picture Yourself in a Health Career: A Creativity Sketchbook
- Surfing Web sites, such as those in the Learn More section [Link to this section]
- Participating in career fairs, such as Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference
- Volunteering at a nearby Elders’ home, clinic, health centre, or hospital
- Talking to your teachers, parents, and career counsellors about arranging job shadowing experiences with a healthcare provider (spending a day or several days with a healthcare provider)
- Asking doctors, nurses, dentists, or other healthcare providers questions about their jobs, and if you can volunteer in their workplace
- Attending information sessions at universities and colleges
How do I get a health career?
High schools, universities, and colleges can help you get the education you need to get a health career. Find out what courses you need to take in high school to get into the university and college programs that interest you. For example, science and math subjects are usually required to get into nursing programs at university.
Browse these Web sites to find out more: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
Want help with science and math? Visit Khan Academy.
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Is funding available?
Yes. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada offers financial support for eligible First Nations students through the Post-Secondary Education program. The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP) can help to pay for tuition, travel, and/or living expenses for eligible students. To learn more visit www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033679.
Other sources of funding include:
- Indspire’s health bursaries and scholarships: http://indspire.ca/scholarships
- The Canadian Medical Foundation’s bursary for Aboriginal medical students: www.medicalfoundation.ca/page/en/aboriginal_bursary
- The Government of Canada has an extensive list of awards, bursaries and scholarships for Aboriginal students at: www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng/ao20011.html
- Windspeaker and the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society also have an extensive list of scholarships for Aboriginal students at: www.ammsa.com/community-access/scholarships
What are some tips to get funding, bursaries, and scholarships?
- Apply early. There are forms to fill out, and you may also need reference letters.
- Know the deadlines. There are deadlines to apply to colleges and universities, as well as organizations that provide funding, scholarships, and bursaries.
- Keep copies of all important papers and emails. Your university, college, and/or funding organization may need copies of your forms, letters, etc.
- Ask questions. Your teachers, counsellors, family, friends, university and college staff are there to support you. If you have questions, ask them. There are also many Web sites where you can find answers to your questions, such as university and college Web sites.