The NYS Department of Labor Regional Analysis has projected healthcare jobs will remain vitally important to our region’s economy. As part of an ongoing Work Experience Initiative, youth from the Dutchess County Youth One Stop and Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School recently participated in a job shadow day at the Children’s Medical Group.
As part of the shadow day, Clinical Manager Susan Haegler, along with her staff, offered an insider’s look at the work environment and careers available in a pediatric healthcare facility.
Healthcare careers such as physician, registered nurse, and patient care technician were discussed along with positions in the various departments necessary for smooth day-to-day operations including human resources, finance, medical lab, mailroom, and patient registration.
The presentation emphasized excellent customer service as one of the most important skills necessary in this service industry. Speakers also stressed working hard and taking advantage of opportunities for continuing education.
“We learned that even if you start off in a low position, you can move up the ladder of success as long as you are willing to learn,” said Georgette Riley, an attendee at the shadow day.