Posted at: 10/08/2013 6:16 PM
By: Katie Eldred
Mayo Career Day Sets Sights on Future Growth
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Mayo Clinic held their annual high school career fair Tuesday. With an increase in medical jobs in the near future the event is starting to have a whole new purpose. Mayo is hoping to keep the young talent here in Rochester.
John Marshall senior Maggie Olstad was just one of the students at this year's career festival.
Like many students here it definitely had her thinking about her career options.
"I definitely want to go into a medical field I've recently been looking into nursing," said Olstad.
Mayo's goal is to introduce these students to the many different careers available.
"When I was these kids age I thought two things doctors and nurses, and I thought if I didn't want to be either of those then I didn't want to work in healthcare, the reality is there are over 3,000 distinct career option at Mayo," said Jon Ninas of Mayo Clinic.
More importantly they are hoping to get these students excited about the possibility of a health related career. Because with the growths that comes with DMC and the possibility of having more people insured under the Affordable Care Act, Mayo wants to keep as much talent in the area as possible.
"We are only going to grow and if we can't get these kids to start at a young age getting excited and thinking about what they need to do, we are going to lose them and they are going to leave southeast Minnesota and they are not going to come back, and we want them here," said Ninas.
The event worked on Maggie Olstad who's now broadened her horizons.
"I got to talk to a nurse practitioner and I feel like that could be something for me too," said Olstad.
She says the news of growth in the future has also had an impact.
"I hear that nurse practitioners is a big growing field, so I figured if it's growing that's a good thing," said Olstad.
Over all 900 students from more than 55 schools were in attendance. Each student had to apply to attend by first writing an essay and then getting approved by their school counselor and Mayo Clinic.