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Students learn about careers in health care

By James Boyd 331-4307 |
February 28, 2008

As a third-year nursing student, Samantha Fenton’s career options should be good.

With the field projected by IU to be the most in-demand career in the state over the next several years, Fenton, an Indiana University senior, should have little trouble finding a job if she wants to stay after graduation.

Fenton was one of an estimated 700 people at the IU-Bloomington Health Programs Fair Wednesday at the Indiana Memorial Union.

The event puts students and members of the public in touch with those in the health care field and graduate programs offering advanced degrees in medical areas.

For prospective students and job-seekers, it’s a chance to learn more about their options.

For schools and employers, it’s a chance to find future employees, students and interns.

“We’re here to talk to students about really any of our degree programs, (from) transfers, and we’ve had a lot of demand for our nursing program,” said Neil Frederick, Ivy Tech-Bloomington assistant director of recruitment/admissions.

“Some are finding out that they have more options other than just a full degree, as far as transferring classes, taking some with us to transfer right back (to IUB). They’re pretty informed, most of the students we’re talking to.”

One of those students is Kate Frederick — no relation to Neil — an IU student who wants to go to medical school when she graduates.

“I’m a pre-med student hoping to become a physician,” she said.

“There’s a lot of medical schools here today, and I got a lot of information about a lot of the different programs that different universities offer.”

Administrators from graduate programs were able to tell prospective students what they look for in an applicant, and local agencies were able to offer volunteer opportunities.

Kate Frederick said she talked to a Bloomington Hospital representative about volunteering there in the future.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity if students are interested in going to medical school or into another health professional program, say dental school, occupational therapy or physical therapy. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to get to talk directly with the people who work in admissions with those schools and find out what they look for in an applicant and what they should do to prepare,” said Rachel Tolen, assistant director and premedical advisor for the Health Professions and Prelaw Center.

Those students who do go into a medical field should prepare for a challenge.

“It definitely was tough,” Fenton said. “I wouldn’t necessarily say hard; it’s a lot of your time. You’re in clinicals two days a week, you have class two days a week. There are a lot of times your friends are out partying and you’re can’t because you have an exam next week. It’s definitely a competitive program, but I really do like it.”

Fenton just applied to work at the VA hospital in Indianapolis when she graduates.