Health care careers 101 | Students get behind-the-scenes look at future career opportunities with Tidelands Health
Nearly a dozen high school students got a unique look behind the scenes in health care during a job shadowing opportunity at Tidelands Health on Tuesday.
The students from the Academy for Technology and Academics in Aynor spent the day learning about a variety of careers in health care. Some shadowed nurses, radiology technicians and physical therapists at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet. Others spent time learning from estheticians at Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness or marketing professionals.
“Students not only get experience in health care fields they are interested in, but they also are building confidence and developing social skills that can help them as they launch their careers,” said Alyx Prather, student program coordinator for Tidelands Health.
Tuesday’s shadowing opportunity is one of a number of ways Tidelands Health is working to prepare the next generation of health care workers. The health system also offers insight into health care careers through the Pathways 2 Possibilities interactive career expo in Myrtle Beach, gives students a behind-the-scenes look during the annual Nurses are Extraordinary shadowing program and more.
Beyond clinical opportunities, health care offers career paths in finance, human resources, marketing and more. Junior Hanna, a senior at the Academy for Technology and Academics, had the chance to learn all aspects of his passion – photography and graphic design – from professionals on the Tidelands Health marketing team.
“I’ve learned how to get in the field and how to get experience,” he said.
Tidelands Health, the region’s largest health care provider, aims to recognize talent early and partner with students as they explore the varied health care career options – and hopefully put them on a path for working at Tidelands Health after they’ve completed their education.
“Some students think they know exactly what they want to do until they experience it for the first time and realize it may not be a good fit for them,” Prather said. “If we can initiate and facilitate that process early on, it will make for a more prepared workforce in the future thanks to our employee partners’ time showing these students exactly what they can expect in a health care career.”