Nursing Careers for All – developing work experience opportunities
29 July 2013
Choosing the right career for your skills and interests, whether from the outset or due to a desire for change, is challenging for anyone. Having the opportunity to gain an insight to the demands and rewards of a specific career role can be a key factor in making the right choice. For some, having the aspiration and building the confidence to make an application to advance that career path is a major part of the journey.
In July, four individuals from widening access backgrounds took part in a week of work experience in various healthcare settings. On one of these days, they worked on practical skills at the Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies' Clinical Skills Suite.
"I really enjoyed it," said one participant, "It was the best bit in a really interesting week and has helped me work out what I do and do not want to do."
Developing work experience opportunities and engaging individuals in sessions that explore the role and career of the nurse is one of the ways 'Nursing Careers for All' supports individuals from ‘low participation neighbourhoods’ – areas from which low numbers access university. These activities help to level the playing field for those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and encourage individuals to make strong applications in a highly competitive market.
Recent research at Cardiff University suggests individuals from these areas are just as likely to gain a good degree as long as they have the grades for entry.
“[The research findings] show that once students are given a level playing field then it is their talents and abilities that will count and not the limits imposed by their economic background,” said Professor Chris Taylor. “This is good news for students from the deprived areas of Wales because it shows that once they are at university they will do as well as their more affluent peers.”
‘Nursing Careers for All’ targets Communities First neighbourhoods identified as being in the top 10% of areas of deprivation, according to the Welsh Government's Index of Multiple Deprivation.
For information on Communities First, click here.