Marlene Apolczer is a Recruiter at Northern Health, which is one of six health authorities in the province of British Columbia and the largest geographic health authority in B.C., covering almost two thirds of the province.
We visited Marlene at one of Northern Health’s offices in Prince George, B.C., to find out about the career opportunities at Northern Health as well as her career advice for healthcare students and new graduates.
Starting your career at Northern Health
Marlene says Northern Health is very welcoming to new and recent grads, and provides a number of training and development opportunities for new staff in their chosen profession.
Northern Health is also growing rapidly with two new facilities opening later this year: the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care facility, and the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North in Prince George.
The people who fit in best at Northern Health, Marlene says, are those who:
- are passionate about the work they do
- enjoy working in interdisciplinary and collaborative team environments
- want to make a different in their daily work as well as within Northern Health as an organization
Living in Northern B.C.
Northern Health employees also enjoy great work-life balance, Marlene says. As a new grad employee, that means you can experience challenging, meaningful work during the day and then enjoy the myriad of recreational activities that Northern B.C. offers, including skiing, snowboarding, skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and tobogganing in the winter, and boating, camping, running and fishing in the summer, to name just a few.
Career tips for healthcare students and recent grads
When you’re applying to job opportunities at Northern Health, you should think carefully about the job you’re applying for and try to demonstrate that you really are a good fit for that job by showcasing your relevant experience and skills on your resume. Marlene says you should talk about your volunteer work, practicum placements and relevant work experience.
Her biggest piece of advice, however, is to be open to the many different possibilities available to healthcare professionals. She says students and new grads should try to get work experience in both rural and urban settings to figure out which one you like best, learn about yourself as a practicing professional, and find the niche you want to grow and develop in.