PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The following career exploration opportunities are available through BJC School Outreach and Youth Development:

School-based health career talks give students the opportunity to exchange dialogue with a health care professional. There are two primary avenues to discuss career options:

  • On a routine basis, BJC School Outreach staff couple their message of nutrition, fitness and more with the career opportunities that are available in those fields.
  • Health care professionals deliver career information in a classroom setting or in an open setting, such as a career fair.

A variety of speakers are available, thanks to BJC School Outreach's long-standing relationships with experts at BJC member hospitals, Washington University School of Medicine, the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Nursing.

Job shadowing provides a meaningful match between a high school student and a health care professional for a one day experience. The student is on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the opportunities available to him or her. Often this visit reinforces the student's interest in a particular career or eliminates it as a career choice.

Intern/externship matches a high school student with a health care professional for an extended period of time ranging from 75 hours to a school semester or even an entire school year. A thorough screening of the student, the complexity of the assignment and the time commitment by the student determine the appropriate business partner that is approached for placement. The school counselor or sponsored teacher also understands the legal and liability issues and takes responsibility for them. Intern/externship opportunities are designed specifically for the student who has demonstrated to the school counselor through his or her class work that a profession in health care is the right direction to pursue.

Group career exploration allows a high school group of up to 25 students to explore not only general health careers, but also areas that may be in demand. Human Resources (HR) is an integral part of this program, as HR professionals discuss the future of the health care industry, once again "planting the seed" for health care career options.

Adventures in HealthCare Camp is a week-long program designed for BJC employees' seventh or eighth graders. The children explore careers in nursing, radiology, pharmacy, respiratory care and health information technology through hands-on interactive activities. This program is offered at several BJC hospitals.

In addition, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development lends business expertise by participating in various health career committees in the school community. The department also takes an active and often leading role in school business partnerships, counselor in-service and career advisory board memberships.