Aubrey is a student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and she shared with CareerForce why she's glad she followed her heart to a Caring Career:
What do you find rewarding about your work in a Caring Career?
I love that as a PCA I get to build a unique independent relationship while learning unparalleled skills like empathy and respectfulness with the person you care for. It is truly an experience that teaches medical workplace expertise along with prowess to shape who you are and how you interact with others in the real world. I also find that working in direct care as a student athlete teaches me more time management skills and how to build my academic and athletic skills while also my readiness for the future.
How do you see this work as benefiting you on your future career path?
I see this work benefitting me in the future because I am a current kinesiology major and want to pursue a graduate program as a physician's assistant. With entering the medical field understanding patient care and personable skills are such important aspects of the job. I feel that getting this experience now and building my personal care resume will set me apart from other applicants once I get to the point of applying.
What would you say to other people considering a Caring Career?
I would tell anyone and everyone who is hoping to enter the medical field or enjoys building true human connection to pursue direct care work. The experience you get through this type of work is incomparable to any other job.