CareerSTAT believes that all frontline workers should have opportunities to develop new skills, take on greater responsibilities, and move up with their organizations. Across the CareerSTAT network, thousands of employees at dozens health care organizations are filling critical roles and being rewarded with opportunity and growth.
Rashawn Builds New Skills at Baystate Medical Center
Rashawn Campbell wanted to develop a full-time career in health care, but was unsure where and how to start. Prior to coming to Baystate Health, Rashawn had worked for a series of fast food restaurants and was originally hired as a cashier and food server in Baystate’s Culinary Department; however, he soon after starting his manager nominated him to attend the Baystate Health (BH) Futures program. In BH Futures, Rashawn attended multiple networking and career exploration events and shadowed multiple health care positions. From this process, Rashawn decided that he wanted to work more closely with patients and began preparing for a career as a respiratory therapist. With additional support from Baystate’s Tuition Reimbursement program, Rashawn has enrolled in a number of science courses at a local community college and hopes to be accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program.
Wendy Grows a Career at UnityPoint Health
In 2012, Wendy Fausett started working for UnityPoint Health as a frontline employee working in housekeeping. Although Wendy wanted to advance herself at UnityPoint Health, she thought that her criminal background and a lack of formal higher education would prevent her from advancement. However, by working with UnityPoint’s Retention Specialist, Wendy realized that possessing the right skills was the most important factor in advancement and that her background would not stop her from securing a promotion. Enrolled in UnityPoint’s School at Work program, Wendy started developing managerial, interview, and professional skills, which allowed her to successfully apply for and secure a promotion as a housekeeping supervisor. Wendy’s training led to both career advancement and a wage increase of more than $5.00 per hour.