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Students prepare for summer jobs at BWFH with career panel

BWFH staff at West Roxbury High School Career Panel

Front row, from left: Caitlyn Slowe, Katie Plante and Aliesha Wisdom, MSN, RN, CNL
Back row, from left: Wendy Calabrese and Rakesh Kannan, RT(N)(CT)

Each summer, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, through a partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council, gives local high school students the opportunity to learn about careers in the healthcare industry. The Summer Jobs Program lets students gain practical experience in a wide variety of positions, both clinical and non-clinical. At a recent career panel, held at West Roxbury Academy, students interested in the program had the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of several BWFH employees.

The session was open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have expressed interest in working at BWFH this summer. Community Health and Wellness Assistant Katie Plante, Web and Multimedia Specialist Caitlyn Slowe, Human Resources Generalist Wendy Calabrese, Radiology Program Manager for Diagnostic X-Ray, Nuclear Medicine, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, MRI and Interventional Radiology/Nephrology Rakesh Kannan, RT(N) (CT), and 6 South Nurse Director Aliesha Wisdom, MSN, RN, CNL, were all on hand to explain and answer questions about their unique job functions.

“I really enjoyed talking to the students and answering their questions about my job,” says Slowe. “A lot of people associate working at a hospital with needing to have a medical background, so I think having both medical and non-medical staff on the panel was a great way to highlight the range of careers that are available to them at a place like BWFH.”

Plante, who’s department organizes the Summer Jobs Program, was impressed by how enthusiastic this year’s crop of students is. “The students were very interested and asked meaningful questions,” she says. “The panel was clearly extremely useful for them, and definitely gave them a good sense of the variety among hospital careers.”

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