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Communication Skills-The key to personal and career success!

Communication Skills – Essential to the Success of Health Care Assistants

The students in Drake Medox College’s English Preparatory Program recently discussed the above topic in a recent class.

According to students preparing for entry or already enrolled in the HCA Program, there is unanimous agreement that good communication skills are crucial to the work of a Health Care Assistant.

Three major areas discussed include:

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3 reasons why Volunteering can boost your career!!

Are you looking for a job but don’t have the experience you need……and can’t get the experience you need because you can’t get a job?

Do you need to learn more skills or make some new contacts so you can find work in the field you desire?

Are you thinking of making a change in your career, or are have recently immigrated to Canada, and unsure what you want to do?

If you answered yes to any of these, volunteering could be a good fit for you. When you volunteer, you share your skills and time with people and organizations in the community without expecting to be paid. Volunteering takes you right into the workplace, giving you a chance to build your experience, demonstrate your employability, learn new skills and feel better about yourself!

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Pursuing Your Passion

With the ongoing growth of Canada’s aging population, healthcare workers who provide support for the elderly are in high demand, and their role is extremely crucial. They must be compassionate and patient, and provide loving care to the clients they serve. It takes a certain type of person to be able to become a successful healthcare worker.Filipinos are known to excel at taking care of elderly people because of their compassion towards their seniors, and their passion for helping others. Many also arrive to Canada with formal training and/or experience as nurses and caregivers which makes a career as a certified Health Care Assistant a very natural fit.

Following is an excerpt of a testimonial from a Drake Medox College student Maria who emigrated from the Philippines with the drive to make a better life for her family, while still fulfilling her love of elderly care:

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What it means to be a Community Support Worker

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

In my early twenties, I stumbled into the world of support work. It was a very different experience from my previous serving job where I would work into the early hours of the morning, with sore feet and a migraine, not looking forward to my next shift.

I found great joy in being a Community Support Worker. I worked with variety of clients: young children with behavioural disorders, young adults with special needs, seniors with Alzheimer’s, etc. I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to each client’s specific needs and daily routines and the range of experience it gave me.

I’ll never forget my favourite client; he was a young adult with Down syndrome. He was homeschooled at a grade 12 level and had unbelievable will power, discipline and a goal in mind: he wanted to attend post-secondary. All his life, he was bullied by his peers and told he could never achieve his goals.

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EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist
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“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre


“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

I had a fantastic experience at Drake Medox College, as I found the instructors very knowledgeable, the quality of the training rooms to be so realistic to actual facilities and the Drake staff incredibly helpful and friendly. I now feel more than capable of taking the right steps to achieve my goal in becoming a health care assistant and building a great career for myself...I would recommend them to all my family and friends. I now look forward to starting a new and exciting career. Thank you Drake Medox College!

~ ROWENA OLMILLO - HCA

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