Want to further your mental health career?

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If you want to further your mental health career through study, Dr Kerry-Ann Grant, Unit Coordinator, Perinatal and Infant, outlines three key questions that can help you to choose the right course for you.

1. How do I learn best?

To start with, it is important to consider what you need from your studies to succeed. Is it additional time with teachers, plenty of student collaboration, or an evidence-based approach to learning? Are you comfortable collaborating in an online environment?

It is not uncommon for a student at HETI to be juggling multiple tasks on the home and work fronts, and they value the flexibility of an online learning environment to support this work/life balance.

Students also value the personalised attention and support the teaching staff can bring to the learning space. They are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to challenge their thinking and to become a leader, no matter what their role.

#2 What are my career aspirations?

With these questions in mind, now ask yourself what your career aspirations are - and if the course supports this goal. Do you want to seek out a new role in the future, or perhaps gain more exposure to a mental health caseload? Or are you after a complete career change?

It’s important to take this time now to learn which teaching philosophy underpins the course you are interested in. Is it evidenced-based, community-led, and/or recovery-oriented? Does it promote personal leadership and transformation, or solely focus on meeting clinical compliance?

HETI Higher Education is a good match for passionate, inquisitive and flexible learners who are open to personal transformation, and who embrace diversity and collaboration within their peer group. This often happens virtually, across a very large geographic footprint.

Students understand that the best learning journey has no ego in it, because what we are all doing is learning for the benefit of improving healthcare. If this sounds like you, then together we really can make a difference.

#3 What difference do I want to make?

Or to put this question another way, what is your professional purpose?

Be sure that this purpose has a clear pathway within your chosen course. Ask yourself if your potential course inspires passion within you to want make a difference - in a way that aligns with your personal values system.

Very often, students choose HETI because they want to make a difference in mental health in some tangible way.

They value innovation and a people-first approach to healthcare, and they are not afraid to ask (and answer) tough questions that can challenge traditional healthcare practices if it means benefiting those with lived experience of mental health issues.

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, locations and clinical specialisations and related roles; which lends itself to diverse online collaborations and shared learning experiences. Personal assumptions are often safely challenged through this exchange, and very often professional growth is made through this learning process.

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