Office Hours: Exploring Healthcare Careers with Northern Health

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If you’re interested in launching a career in the Healthcare industry, look no further than Northern Health.

As we learned during our Office Hours chat with them on Tuesday, March 14th, their organization has plenty of egg-citing opportunities for students and new grads to explore.

Northern Health recruiter Steven Prins joined us for an hour-long Q&A session and answered your questions covering topics ranging from application tips, to relocation, and more!

If you missed the event, we’ve got you covered. You can read through the full transcript below.

TalentEgg
Hi everyone – Thanks for joining Office Hours with Northern Health!

To log into the chat, please follow the steps below:
Click the message bar above to activate (“send questions or comments”)
Pick a screen name – your first name will do!
Enter your question(s) into the chat – they’ll be accepted into our moderation system as soon as you hit ‘send’!

We will be starting the event promptly at 4 p.m. EST, so stay tuned!

TalentEgg
Hello, and welcome to our Office Hours chat with Northern Health! My name is Melissa and I’ll be monitoring today’s chat.

We’re so egg-cited to get things started. Today, we have a very special guest joining us from the Northern Health recruiting team who will be answering your career questions.

Before we get started, I’ll quickly explain how this event works. Students and grads (that’s you!) will submit career questions over the next hour, and our guest expert will do their best to answer as many of them as they can. You can ask about anything from job opportunities to application tips. The sky’s the limit!

If you pre-registered and submitted an advance question, then you can sit back and relax! If you have additional questions, you can submit them live during the chat.

Now let’s introduce our guest egg-spert!

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi this is Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison (Recruiter) with Northern Health. I have been living and working in Northern BC for four years and I love it here. I’m very excited to speak with you today!

TalentEgg
Thanks! Now, let’s get started.

Puneet, a Health Sciences major at Simon Fraser University asks:
“What career options can one explore at Northern Health with a Bachelor of Science in health sciences?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Puneet, be sure to look into our health science careers! Most of these careers will require a certification with the associated professional group.

Samanah, a Finance major at George Brown College student asks:
“Do you have administrative positions at Northern Health?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Samanah, Absolutely, we have employ hundreds of admin support professionals in a variety of roles

Muzala, a Kinesiology major at the University of Waterloo asks:
“What is the greatest challenge of working in healthcare? What is the greatest reward?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Muzala. The greatest challenge is ensuring that all factors of a patients’ health care are addressed. The greatest reward is seeing communities of people heal under your personal care.

Sana, U of T student
Do you offer relocation assistance to students from Ontario?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Sana, we do offer relocation assistance! Up to $7,000 for certain full time and permanent roles.

Hudson asks:
“Do you ever have opportunities in other parts of Canada or only in British Columbia?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey there Hudson, we only operate in Northern BC. Our operational centers include the city of Quesnel to the Yukon border. We also include the Haida Gwaii islands all the way to the Alberta border. Were geographically bigger than France!

Murphy, a Humber College student asks:
“How can I find out about new job openings at Northern Health?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Murphy. Be sure to follow our job board here.

Abiye, an Environmental Science major at Simon Fraser University asks:
“What opportunities are there for an Environmental Science major in the Healthcare field?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey there Abiye! We employ numerous public health inspectors at Northern Health that are responsible for assessing our air and water quality in addition to numerous other environmental health concerns!

TalentEgg
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Derek
I know that Northern Health has many positions in healthcare, what if I want to be in recruiting like yourself? Are there any programs that support this?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Good afternoon Derek! Definitely look in the Registered Professional Recruiter program with APRC. Also, an educational background in HR really help. Finally, be sure to get some sales experience or any sort of work that involves working with people to help them understand solutions that can solve their problems!

Jordan
What kind of training is provided at Northern Health?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Jordan, Northern Health has a comprehensive training programs that will vary according to the profession you are interested. For example, our rehab professionals are rotated through different medical units on specific time tables so they are constantly seeing different and interesting aspects of their profession to ensure they are well rounded medical professionals.

Nicole
Would you recommend getting my Masters degree right after nursing school, or working for a few years first?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Nicole, it’s a great idea to get some practical experience first. Particularly if you are interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner!

Dorian, a Health Sciences student at the University of Ottawa asks:
“Outside of work, what kind of activities do people get involved in in Northern B.C?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Howdy Dorian, northern BC offers everything an outdoorsy person could ask for. Hiking, skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, canoeing, camping, soccer, hockey you name it we got it! All of this is situated in incredibly beautiful scenery to Mt Robinson in the Rocky Mountains, to the mossy Queen Charlotte Islands we got it all! For those of you who are less outdoorsy we have numerous music festivals, board game societies and a vibrant artist culture in all of our communities.

Hina, a Biomedical Engineering Technology major at Centennial College asks:
“What kind of training is provided for co-op students in the biomedical engineering technologist field?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Hina! We have partnered with many educational institutions in the past to provide coop experience. There are opportunities to learn about a variety of pieces of medical equipment at Northern Health including MRI machines!

Jennifer, a Life Sciences major asks:
“What is the hiring timeline for most jobs at Northern Health?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Jennifer, our ideal timeline is that we will have an offer letter for you within two weeks of your application!

Danilo
Do you have opportunities at your company for business grads?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Danilo, we have a large supportive corporate structure at Northern Health that needs business grads in our finance and human resources departments!

TalentEgg
We’ve reached the halfway point in our chat — which makes this an egg-cellent time for a poll question!

What are you egg-cited to learn more about today?

• What it’s like to work at Northern Health 29%
• Living in Northern BC 14%
Entry-level opportunities 43%
• Application & interview tips 14%

Naomi, a Nursing student at Humber College asks:
“Can you tell us more about the application and hiring process for out of province candidates?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Naomi! We here in Northern Health are very adept at interviewing and hiring health care professionals across Canada. Hiring someone from out of province is fairly easy with tools like Skype and Facetime. The only thing you might want to review to ensure you can get licensure with your profession in British Columbia. For example, if you are a nurse, look into getting your BC license be sure to check with CRNBC!

Atif
How different are healthcare jobs in remote locations vs major cities in Canada?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey there Atif, great question! In a smaller center you get to see the effects of your health care practice directly on the people around you. You will bump into your patients in the grocery store and post office and you will experience sincere appreciation from them. In some communities they even hold yearly parades for their hospital workers in appreciation (no joke, it’s a thing!)

TalentEgg
Learn more about starting a unique and rewarding career with Northern Health from one of their Licensed Practical Nurses!

Tenzin, a Business student at Trent University asks:
“What kind of opportunities are available at Northern Health outside of traditional healthcare roles?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Howdy Tenzin! There are numerous support staff employed at Northern Health to support our medical workers. For example, we have large Finance, HR and IT departments.

Alif, a University of Waterloo student asks:
“Will you be hiring new graduates in the spring?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Absolutely Alif, start applying now!

Meghan
Hi Steven! What is the community like at Northern Health?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Meghan, there are many communities in Northern BC. The smaller towns are great places to see the effects of your health care skills. The larger communities can offer more amenities. Overall, the people of Northern BC are a very inclusive bunch that always welcome new people to their towns and cities with open arms! I had neighbors knocking on my front door on the first day of moving in when I moved to Northern BC to introduce themselves!

Angad, a University of British Columbia student asks:
“What time of year do you do the most hiring?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Angad! We see a lot of hiring happen in the spring and late summer (before the start of elementary and highschool year). However, always keep an eye on our job boards for new postings here.

Sierra, a Simon Fraser University student asks:
“How much is the average salary of a registered nurse at your company?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Sierra! Registered Nurses are paid $31.71 – $41.63 in British Columbia.

Darien, a Health Sciences major at the University of Toronto asks:
“What would be good entry-level roles for a Health Sciences graduate to apply to?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Darien, have you looked at Medical Lab Assistance as a profession? I have seen HS graduates challenge the license exam successfully before!

Genevieve, a Sociology major at Queen’s University asks:
“Does Northern Health hire counsellors?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Genevieve! We absolutely do hire counsellors. Many of our counsellors work on Primary Care teams of various health care practitioners like social workers and public health nurses to ensure our patients see all points of healthcare!

Yana
What mistake do you see on resumes most often and how can it be avoided?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Good day Yana! The most frustrating and common mistake I encounter is not putting dates of employment or graduation on your resume. Also, another big mistake is not expressing your interest in Northern Health as an employer. A generic resume template is pretty obvious!

Holly, a Ryerson University student asks:
“Which position do you hire for the most? Where is the most opportunity within your company?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Holly! We are always hiring RNs (Registered Nurses) all of our communities have regular postings that you can review here. Filter for Registered Nurse to see them all!

TalentEgg
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Justine, a York University student asks:
“Do you have to have an educational background in healthcare to apply to your roles?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Justine, no worries! Many of our support roles do not require a healthcare background. Have a look at our HR, IT or Finance rolls.

Monika asks:
“What kind of hours would a Care Aide at Northern Health typically work?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hey Monika! There are numerous care aide shifts to be found at northern health, nights, days, part time, full time, casual or temporary. The right shift for your life is here!

Piyush, a Life Sciences major at the University of Waterloo asks:
“Is Northern Health a big company? How many people would I be working with on a daily basis?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Piyush. Northern Health employs roughly 7500 people and we operate over a geographic area bigger than France!

Daniela
Besides hospitals, does Northern Health have opportunities in other healthcare settings?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hello Daniela, we operate many types of facilities, not just hospitals. We operate health centers, primary care clinics, a massive IT support facility, corporate offices, doctors’ offices and many others!

Luca, a Nursing student at UOIT asks:
“What is the culture like at Northern Health and in Northern BC in general? How easy would it be to meet people if I moved there for work?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Awesome question Luca, Northern Health is focused on providing health care to entire communities, we are very concerned with providing “The Northern Way of Caring.” What that means is that our healthcare workers regularly encounter their patients living in the community. They see the effects of their health care every day in the people they encounter in the banks and grocery stores. Subsequently, the people of Northern BC love and appreciate their health care workers because if our nurses or doctors are not available then our patients have to travel long distances and be away from their families. Overall, in terms of the culture of Northern BC, we are a very inclusive community that ensures new comers are warmly met and included. I moved to northern bc from southern BC and I quickly had neighbors knocking on my door introducing themselves!

Sarah, a Health Sciences major at BCIT asks:
“Does Northern Health offer in-person information sessions?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Sarah! Good question! Absolutely, Northern Health has representatives from my department on various campus several times a year. You can review our quarterly newsletter to see when our Recruiters will be on campus here (next one will be up at the end of the month with our event attendance schedule.)

Lauren, a University of Toronto student asks:
“How can I get practical experience in nursing while I’m completing my education that will set me apart from the rest?”

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi Lauren, good question! Be sure to know what type of nursing you are interested in. A specialized nurse is much more attractive to employers as they know that nurse can solve a specific set of problems. Based on your interest, try to get practicums that align with your goals. For example, if you are very interested in public health nursing. Try to get all of your practicums in that area. On a resume, that sends a clear message to employers that you are committed to nursing in that field!

TalentEgg
That’s all the time we have for today! Thanks everyone for your great questions.

A very special thanks to our guest today – the past hour just flew by! Do you have any final advice to give our students and grads?

Steven Prins – Candidate Relationship Liaison
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your time! As a parting statement – research the communities you apply on when considering a role at Northern Health. Let us know if you feel the community suites you in your cover letter as it goes a long way for us. As always, you can find our postings here!

TalentEgg
If you’re looking for more info on Northern Health, be sure to explore their Employer Page on TalentEgg. You’ll find job postings, articles, and more!

Thanks again for joining us, everyone. Have an egg-cellent day!

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