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Career Exploration

Career Exploration is a lifelong journey. Whether you are in high school, college, or a current Providence Caregiver, it can feel like a particularly daunting and overwhelming task. Our goal is to provide accurate, realistic and insightful portrayals of health care careers and the culture of Providence. People gravitate towards careers they know, see and experience. That is why it is imperative that we create connections between health care professionals and career seekers to accurately inform and guide them along their career pathway.

Providence Ready encourages those interested in a job shadow to participate in one of the following career exploration opportunities. The following career exploration opportunities have been specifically designed to provide you with comprehensive career exploration information, as well as to provide the most up-to-date career information. The learning is experiential, so rather than just observing health care workers, career seekers can actually try stepping into the role by using medical equipment on mannequins under the guidance of our staff.

Program Offerings

  • Career Exploration Days
    Designed for schools and community organizations with their students’ interests in mind. These can be held either onsite at a Providence location or at the school/community organization’s site.

  • Career Highlights
    These 3-hour workshops are designed for students in middle and high school (ages 13+) as they provide an introductory level of exploration into various careers, but all are welcome to attend. Attendees get to participate in experiential, hands-on learning opportunities alongside Providence caregivers from the selected career area. Career Highlights are offered throughout the school year (October-May).

  • Informational Interviews
    Small groups of students, usually numbering from five to 10 students, meet with a Providence professional for an hour to discuss their career questions.

  • Virtual Job Shadows
    Explore careers in a virtual setting to obtain some insight on careers in health care.

  • Career Building Workshops
    A ProvidenceReady professional will come to your school or organization to give a one- to two-hour workshop on the topic of the school's choice. Each can be customized to best suit students’ needs. Topics include Health Care Career Overview, Mock Interviews and Resume Writing, Professionalism, Applying for a Job at Providence, and Overview of Health Care Careers.

  • School Presentations and Guest Speakers
    Teachers can request to have a Providence staff member serve as a guest speaker at their school by contacting Providence Ready.

  • Surgical Viewings
    Surgical viewings allow students to observe a surgery in real-time from an auditorium at a Providence site. Types of surgeries include Ortho Watch, Chest Watch, Heart Watch and Brain Watch. The surgeon wears a microphone and speaks directly with the students throughout the surgery. These are designed for high school seniors who are enrolled in either a health occupations course or an advanced placement science class, college students, and current Providence caregivers. At least one teacher must attend the surgical viewing if a high school class is attending.

Questions? Contact our Program Manager:

Karla Rodríguez,

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