Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 17, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Baycrest Health Sciences was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):
- Baycrest offers a 12-week paid summer research internship, providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to work in the laboratory of a Rotman Research Institute scientist -- the program also features an 8-week "Summer Rounds Series" to share advice and insight on careers in academia and research
- Through Baycrest's summer Youth Job Shadowing Program, high school and undergraduate students can meet healthcare professionals and observe their daily work environment -- examples of participating vocations include speech language pathologists, social workers, pharmacists, imaging technicians, dieticians, physicians and physiotherapists
- Baycrest's Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care offers a 7-week summer student internship in Innovation and Aging, providing students in undergraduate health programs with experience in a long-term care teaching home by actively participating in small group learning, clinical issues in gerontology, evaluation techniques and interprofessional competencies, attending clinical rounds and being paired with a resident
Baycrest welcomes student interns and job-shadowers
Angela Uy joined Toronto-based Baycrest Health Sciences - a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging - in April 2011 as an advanced practice nurse. But she didn't stay in the role for long. "From the beginning of my time at Baycrest I've had lots of opportunities to work in different roles and to acquire different skills," says Uy, who is currently a Clinical Manager in the Rehabilitation Unit.
Uy has worked as a unit director in the long-term care department, as a clinical manager in the hospital and in the quality improvement department. "It was a lot of movement, and it gave me an opportunity to decide what I liked best and what was the best fit for me," she says.
And all that mobility is no coincidence. In fact, Baycrest encourages such movement as part of its commitment to the development of its staff. "We want our employees to grow professionally and to try different roles," says Joni Kent, Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Human Resources Officer. "The role you start in may not be the role you're in several years later."
Baycrest supports professional development through a whole suite of internal learning materials that involve online study, project work and dialogue with facilitators. That commitment also includes a tuition support program. Full-time employees are eligible for up to $1,000 per fiscal year to cover the cost of programs offered by outside organizations while part-timers qualify for up to $500 per year. And they are entitled to paid days off for in-class sessions.
Emerging leaders who want to hone their skills can also participate in the Leadership Development program, which is delivered online and in-person by facilitators.
Baycrest also has several annual awards programs for employees who want to attend professional development conferences. Employees can submit proposals as individuals or as a team and those who are selected receive up to $10,000 to cover their costs.
Although Baycrest is an institution dedicated to healthcare for older adults, it makes an extraordinary contribution to the future of young people through its internship and volunteer programs. "Young people are looking to have an impact, to do something meaningful and to come to a place where they can grow and learn," says Kent. "One of the amazing things about Baycrest is the enormous contribution talented young people make."
Each year, over 1,500 college and university-level students participate in paid and unpaid internships, which are arranged by Baycrest's Education and Volunteer Services departments with post-secondary institutions. Internships are available for over 22 professions, including prospective doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, among others and they can range in length from several days to several months.
"They work side by side with our clinicians," says Kent. "It's great exposure for these students."
Baycrest also runs a youth volunteer program in partnership with several nearby high schools. Some 250 students per year participate - and some start as young as 14. Under the Baycrest Youth Job Shadowing Program, students meet and observe the work of health care professionals such as speech language pathologists, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians and physicians and physiotherapists.
"Even our chief executive officer takes a couple of students each year to job shadow," says Kent. "They get to follow him for a day and ask questions. It's really special when young people who are thinking about careers in healthcare have access to top professionals."