I immigrated to Canada with my family in hopes of a seeking a better quality of life. Growing up my parents always encouraged me to seek out higher education to ensure that I could have a bright future. So when my mother graduated from Drake Medox as a Health Care Assistant, she persuaded me to look in to the programs offered at the college. That’s when I stumbled upon the Community Support Worker Program, which sparked my interest. At that time I had no clue what the role of a CSW would entail so I continued to do research and found that many of my prerequisite courses for Psych Nursing correlated with CSW. This interested me because I knew that an investment in this program could help me towards my future career goals.Read More
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I have been working in healthcare for over 7 years, and am currently an LPN serving the residents of a beautiful care home in the heart of Vancouver. Because I find my work so rewarding, I am always eager to share my experiences and knowledge with others who aspire to work in the field. It is because of this that I decided to take on a teaching assignment at Drake Medox College.What is the best piece of advice you offer your students?“Memorize and you will forget…understand and you will remember.”What are some of the prevailing trends you are seeing out in the field?Advances in technology are definitely impacting the way we conduct our day-to-day work more and more. Many sites are now equipped with Electronic MAR and IPads for charting. Even residents are becoming more technologically savvy using cell phones and Skype to communicate with their families. This really puts the onus on us as instructors to ensure that our graduates are ready to meet the ever evolving demands of their roles as Health Care Assistants.Demand for males is particularly high in the field right now; what advice would you give to men who are considering a career as a Health Care Assistant?I can tell you from my own personal experience that men who are making this career choice for the right reasons will find this job very rewarding. The earning potential is very good, and the opportunity to use this program as a stepping stone to other healthcare professions like nursing makes this a great choice! What are your interests outside of your work?I very much enjoy photography and music. I actually have a little studio in my home concentrating on portrait and child photography. I also love to take landscape and architectural photos whenever I travel. As for music, I have been playing a number of different instruments since I was about 10 years old, so this is also something I enjoy!Check out Daryl’s bio and those of other Drake Medox College instructors by visiting our website
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Make sure you are ready to secure one of these new job opportunites during your next interview by applying these great tips:Set up a professional voicemail greeting. While in the process of a job search, you need to ensure that your voicemail message is professional. This is often the first impression a prospective employer will make of you, and you want it to be favorable. Make sure that your vm box is never full, or they may opt to skip right over you and move on to other candidates who are more easily accessible.Update your resume. Your resume should always be current with employment and educational experiences listed in chronological order with most recent first. Keep it concise and focused on healthcare related experience. ALWAYS have someone with strong written skills review and edit for grammar.Do your research. Learn about the company or organization you are applying at. Ensure you have a good understanding of the type of setting and care provided (i.e. residential care, assisted living, home support).Anticipate common questions. Prepare your responses and rehearse them in advance. Be ready to provide specific examples of challenging client situations you may have encountered in your past experience, and present how you handled it and what the outcome was.Prepare your questions to the interviewer. Plan to ask insightful questions based on your research. These questions should demonstrates a sincere interest in the position and in the company.Dress for success. Plan your attire in advance; dress professionally. For women, less make up and accessories is better. For men, shave and wear dress slacks and button down shirt with or without tie.Listen carefully to the interview question(s). If you did not understand the question, politely ask the interviewer to repeat it. Take a few seconds to organize your thoughts before responding.Be aware of your body language. Avoid fidgeting, sit up straight, and maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. Remember that body language often says just as much about you as your words do.Follow up. Be sure to follow up promptly to any requests made by the interviewer; references for example. This will reinforce your interest, and shows them that they can count on you to get things done quickly. If no specific follow up is required, a simple email thanking them for their time is appropriate.Special thanks to Drake Medox College's Health Care Assistant Program instructor Rexaira Henze for her contributions to this blog. All current students and alumni are always welcome to reach out to college staff at any time for support with job search assistance @ 604-629-0196.
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Three weeks down, one more to go before I have finished my practicum at the ‘Bridges’ Day Program here in Cloverdale. These past three weeks have gone by fairly quickly, but I have learned so much. Not just from the staff, but the clients as well, and I have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent with everyone.From the moment I walked up the building stairs on my first day, several clients greeted me. Even though they had no idea who I was, or what I was doing there, they had welcomed me with open arms…literally. One of them even gave me a tour of the entire upper floor. I was just overwhelmed by their kindness.With each passing day, I learn something new. Staff members are very timely and helpful when explaining how to handle situations after they have just happened. Letting me know not to be afraid to ask a lot of questions, even though I find myself more as an observer. Which I feel has helped me a lot the past few weeks, especially when it comes to remembering everyone’s names. Some that I’ve had the chance to shadow have also offered tips in order to prepare me for my future in the field. Which reminds me…I should start studying for my Class 4 License!Although I have learned a lot from the staff, I have learned even more from the clients themselves. Personally, what makes me happy the most is to see other people happy. As I previously stated, I am an observer, and by observing I am absorbing and feeding off of others. Seeing the clients be motivated to reach their goals in the community motivates me to support them as best as I can. People say that caregiving is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but is also one of the most rewarding. And in these past three weeks of practicum I have experienced firsthand how true that statement is.I’d like to thank everyone at ‘Bridges’ and Drake Medox for everything they’ve done to prepare me for success in my future career as a Community Support Worker.If you are a special person like Matthew, and want to make a positive difference in the lives of other special people in our community, click here to visit Drake Medox College's website to learn more about this rewarding career choice!
- Join an English conversation club at a local public library to practice producing understandable English conversation (many libraries also offer free English tutoring services)
- Practice with native English speakers – ask them to correct any errors in your pronunciation
- Look for a Pronunciation/Accent Reduction class as part of Continuing Education for adults at the Public School Board in your neighbourhood (example: “Accent Reduction: Speaking Clear English” Vancouver School Board, The City of Surrey’s “Free English Conversation Programs)
- Check “Accent Reduction” resources available from a variety of sources. (examples: L2 Accent Reduction Centre in Vancouver which also offers tutoring via video streaming, the YMCA is a great starting point for language support services)
- Most importantly, the language learners who progress most rapidly are those who are willing to take risks, therefore try not to be fearful of making mistakes and keep talking – “practice does make perfect!!”