International Volunteer Day: Volunteering is Giving me Valuable Health Care Work Experience – Aaran’s Story
Pursuing a career in medicine, a-level student, Aaran, decided to volunteer with older people to gain some vital experience whilst undertaking his studies.
“I want to work in medicine,” says Aaran, “I am currently in year 12, taking my a-levels in biology, chemistry and maths and my long-term goal is to work in the health care sector, in medicine.
“I started volunteering at Connors House this summer, I would come in at weekends and chat to the residents but since school started again in September, I come in every Tuesday evening. I’ve always been interested in caring for people and I truly believe that as older people are vulnerable, we need to look after them.
“Working in medicine, a significant amount of the people I’ll be helping will be older people, as we have an ageing population, I think it’s important I learn to understand and how best to support this age group.
“The volunteering has really taught me a lot. I think I was quite naïve before, with little experience of older people but this has really opened my eyes. The residents have such vibrant personalities and such wonderful stories, I’m not sure I was expecting that. Every week we spend time chatting and getting to know one another. Of course, it’s great to have the theory learning from school but you need the practical skills too, you need to know how to converse.
“I’ll be applying for university next year; I’m hoping to get into one in London, it can be difficult fitting in volunteering around my studies but it’s teaching me a lot and helping me in the long run with my career goals.”