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Nursing

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Lucy Reis, who is a nurse at Cambridge memorial hospital came into St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School to talk about her nursing experience and how many opportunities there is in nursing. Lucy also came into this high school to talk about her education experience, and how when she went into college or university, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. Lucy also was at a college level in High school and got into Laurier and McMaster for a nursing degree. Lucy has currently been a nurse for 5 years and has loved every single moment of it, she explains that it is never dull and always something new happening. The environment in the workplace is apparently very friendly as well says Lucy. But another thing she especially loved is the amount of opportunities that you get with nursing, as mentioned before and the amount of opportunities available for men. This sounds weird, mainly because nursing is looked at as more a feminine job, but in fact men are needed in the nursing area, reason being is because the nursing job has a lot of females working in the department right now and at times need help lifting up large and/or heavy objects. Usually men are stronger then woman, so this really comes in handy.

 

Before going into more detail about the nursing opportunities, I should explain the degree and the programs that are available as well. I’m going to begin this list with explaining the Personal Support Worker (PSW) which deals with handling with elderly and handicapped people, this needs no licensing or anything, and all you need to do is take a program at many colleges, one of them being St. Louis. The next is the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) which is a person working along the side of a Registered Nurse (RN) , this takes a 2 year program and working 12 weeks along the side of a Registered Nurse (RN). Which bring me to my next point, a Registered Nurse (RN), to become this you need a 83% to be considered into a university that offers a program such as this, it is usually a 4 year program, this you usually work with unstable patients. Then there is Post-graduate diploma (RN(EC)), and a PhD. which are just higher class levels, and more advanced levels of the nursing programs, which also get you higher paying jobs and more advanced jobs.

I guess the next and final thing is the pay which is the most intriguing to today’s society. The pay varies along what type of nurse you are, but this chart pretty much explains it.

 

PSW: $18/ hr

RPN:$23/ hr

RN: $29.50/hr - $44.00/hr

RN (EC): $42-53/hr

Advanced Practicing RN: $42+ /hr

 

From Lucy’s own experience she said she made $75,000 her first year, which is very impressive because the average yearly pay is around $44,000. Amazing opportunities in the nursing field and is something I would consider in my life path; maybe all of this is something that you, the reader could take into consideration if you’re not sure of what to do with your life.

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Financial Planner

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Choosing a career for the rest of your life when you’re just coming out of high school can be difficult. Many high school students struggle with this when they’re just coming out of high school, but on Tuesday may 1, 2012; Troy Parkes and Heather Fiegner came to St. Benedict catholic secondary school to talk about their careers to potential help them out in some way and share their experience and knowledge. During their presentation, they explained many things, the pros and cons of the job, and how you should be more careful in the future with your spending. Troy and Heather work for Sun Life Financial and loving the work there, being a financial planner can pay off very well. An average yearly pay for a financial planner is around $113,000 which is a very large amount and very impressive, but this job isn’t very stress free. If you become a financial planner you are working strictly on commission which is very tough and very stressful. I would recommend this job to people that love interacting with others and such, for people that are independent and such, this isn’t a job that would suite you. But, again if you do love the interaction with others, this could be a perfect fit for your life and you could be paid well. Along with the interest with interaction, you must know how to do it right and have charm and such. Having a charm with others can take you many places, not just in financial planning but can help you spread and branch out into many different fields and jobs, for example; stock broker, any job involving serving others.

Having this charm with others, and being able to know how to interact with others is very important and can get you very far. As we see from Troy and Heather, they get paid a good amount from their expertise with people, the possibilities are endless.

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Business Professional

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Many people today often think that they have to decide on their job, thinking that it will be their only job during their whole life. On Thursday May 4, 2012 Valerie Machado came into a grade 12, college level, English class and talked about her experiences throughout her life. Valerie worked in so many places, I can’t even name them all off, she has a diverse list of jobs she’s done and for all we know, it doesn’t stop now, it could possibly continue. Valerie is now a Business professional and helps businesses develop into Kitchener waterloo and helps them out and tells them where it might be more suitable for them and such. Valerie’s experience was very helpful and very knowledgeable, because I, myself thought that if I’m choosing a job, I’m going have to do it for the rest of my life, so I was stressing out about choosing correctly and what if I don’t and so on.

 

Finally, I guess the point that Valerie was trying to come across is that they’re many opportunities out there, so don’t just stick too one if you don’t like it. So many things that you could do in your life time that it’s unbelievable and to stick it to the same old boring job (unless you like it, of course) is something you should change. Experience everything you can during your life time, and that’s why I think Valerie came into our St. Benedict classroom, to show and explain that there’s more out there.

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Policer Officer

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Being a police officer can be a very eventful job, but the journey to becoming a police officer is very hard and long. Cst. John Gilbert came to St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School to talk about his job and how long it took him to become a police officer. From what they told us and what they experienced, the journey to becoming a police officer begins with submission of O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results, WRPS Application and Personal History Forms. After that is submitted and everything, they end up checking your writing composition and after that a spelling test has to be completed. Next is the local focus interview, 6 people interview you and just to get to know you better and have a better understanding of you. The behavioral event interview is similar to this, but for this interview you are put in a room with a TV, the TV will play a situation and you have to talk to the TV and react to the situation that is occurring. The room also has cameras around it and people watching you seeing how you act and if you can take a lot of the situations seriously. This job takes a lot of maturity and must be taken seriously; this is also a big factor in becoming a police officer.

If you are continuing with all of these phases, this means you are doing well, and are slowly getting a better chance of becoming a police officer. So the next phase is a board interview with the Chief of Police or designate, this is just for the Chief to get to know you better and see if you’re suitable for the job. Another thing that checks if you are suitable or ready is the Psychological interview which determines if you will be able to handle tough or gruesome situation, and also if you can deal with people. After all of this is completed they want to make sure that you are right for this job. Depending on how much they already trust you, they will do a reference check, and from what Cst. John Gilbert explained to us, it seems as if they go the distance to find out more about you. He told us that they checked every one of his teachers, previous employers, etc. and asked them all questions, which is pretty insane. After all of this is completely, and they enjoy what they are seeing you will most likely be hired, but the journey still continues at a college. A college that the employers send you too get the training needed for the job. They stay at this college for 13 weeks, and start working along with the force once they are done. All of this may sound bad, but it is worth it, because after 4 years of working there you get a yearly salary of $84,000, and that’s always something to look forward too.

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