This article appeared in a 2015 issue of the
Are you enrolled in one of our many health career programs? Are you a recent graduate of a program? If so, we've just launched a great new website that can help you find a job.
The website is named
HELIX, and it's growing every day. More and more health providers are listing jobs on the website. More graduates are using it to find jobs. Eventually, HELIX may be the best health career jobs site in Dallas County.
Haven't heard of HELIX? If you want a career in a health field, you need to know about it.
How HELIX Works
HELIX connects employers to graduates (and soon-to-be grads) of our colleges' health care programs. Employers post job openings on HELIX. Students of the colleges of DCCCD post resumes, reference letters and other documents. You can search for jobs by city or by job title, among other filters. High-demand jobs and overlooked jobs are highlighted in a "Featured Jobs" section. Both big institutions and small businesses post jobs.
HELIX goes further than general jobs websites. Shannon Ydoyaga is executive director of DCCCD's
Health Careers Resource Center, which runs HELIX. She notes that HELIX allows for more detail than general jobs sites.
"HELIX is unique in that it lets students load in the details of licensure and organizations they work with," Ydoyaga said. "It gets very specific."
Not Just Nursing Jobs
"Lots of times students have only heard about nursing," notes Ydoyaga. "They don't realize there are more than 200 career options."
Besides nursing, popular jobs include
medical assisting, pharmacy technician and
medical laboratory technician.
"Even on the administrative side, there are lots of opportunities in jobs such as medical coding and billing," Ydoyaga says. Such programs include
Medical Front Office and Medical Staff Services.
What the Health Careers Resource Center Does
The Health Careers Resource Center is the hub at DCCCD for helping students with health-related careers.
"We talk with graduates about the next step," Ydoyaga says. "For example, after completing an RN [registered nurse] program, what's the next step?" It could be a job. Or it could be transfer to a university. The center provides intensive career and program information related to health care fields.
"What we know is if a student is a good fit for a program, they tend to be more successful," says Ydoyaga.
Check out HELIX today! And be sure to contact the
Health Careers Resource Center to see what it can do for you.