Just The Job: Season four episode ten
This series of Just the Jobs wraps up with the third of our
This time we go behind the scenes for an excellent insight into three widely varied health and medical focused careers.
The ambulance service is the first point of medical emergency response in many situations and Krishna is keen to get a first-hand look at what this career involves. He joins ambulance officer Simon and learns the job could involve attending to anything from a sore knee to a serious road crash.
Simon explains the rewards of the job are in helping people and that's exactly what's required at the first call out Krishna attends. The ambulance has been called after a woman has had a fall from a tree and the first thing to do is check whether there are any obvious injuries or bleeding. Once the patient is assessed and stabilised, it's off to the hospital.
At the hospital, Krishna assists the emergency nurse cutting off the patient's clothing and observing the monitoring, testing and inserting an intravenous line through which pain relief can be administered.
It's an excellent job for those who enjoy helping others and being part of a team.
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy are both roles that assist people who need to regain mobility or restore function which has been impaired by a health incident or injury. Andrew has a keen interest in sports so is keen to check out these health-based careers.
Physiotherapy can be a physically demanding job as it concentrates on a person's physical ability and fixing any impairment. There is also a sports aspect to the job and touring with sports teams is just one of the directions this career can take you.
Andrew is on the job in a hospital to see how physiotherapy works in practise with Eti then joins occupational therapist Rio to check out a patient who following a car accident, needs a wheelchair. She is suffering a broken leg, injured shoulder and a head injury. Rio explains what needs to be done to ensure she has support for her injuries and can function once back home. Part of his assessment also includes a short term memory test.
Both fascinating roles with many elements.
Pakhzin meets up with mental health peer support worker Hayley to get an insight into a career that has a focus on helping others in a practical, caring way.
As Pakhzin experiences, the role is varied and takes place in many different environments. Creating a rapport with people and gaining their trust is crucial and is something that often takes a couple of meetings. Helping in many practical ways, the support worker might help someone regain confidence or overcome a fear and help establish goals that can be worked through gradually.
Other roles in the mental health field include occupational therapy plus music and art therapy. These therapies can help relax and open communication for people who could be isolated or suffering a mental health issue.
Psychiatry is another career coming under the mental health umbrella and Pakhzin finds out about a unique computer game being developed at the University of Auckland to help young people overcome depression.
With many options available, find out more about these careers
Selwyn from Career Services wraps up the series with more
excellent advice on how to get the job you want.
For even more information, check out the Careers Services website at www.careers.govt.nz