Michael Hancock attended Fremont High School where he participated in football, was a member of HOSA, and was involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Michael will graduate in May of 2014 from Weber State University with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. He plans to continue working for MountainStar Healthcarewhere he aspires to become a hospital administrator. UtahCTE.org asked Michael how his participation in CTE and HOSA prepared him for college and career.
Question: Michael, what sparked your interest in pursuing a career in healthcare?
Answer: I have always had an interest in healthy living and the improvement of the human condition. Being able to help improve individual’s well-being and make them happier, more active people is the ultimate pay off.
Question: In high school was there a specific class that solidified your interest in pursuing a healthcare occupation?
Answer: The introduction to Exercise Science course, taught by Blair Powell, was the course that sparked my interest in working in the health sciences. Mr. Powell was very influential to my pursuit of my career path and helped me realize various health professions in the field.
Question: How did your involvement in HOSA enhance your high school experience?
Answer: Being involved in HOSA helped me better understand what I would like my career path to be. It helped me realize that there are opportunities in healthcare besides being a clinician or hands on caregiver.
Question: How did your involvement in a CTE Health Science Education Pathway give you a competitive edge or jump-start your postsecondary education?
Answer: It helped me avoid wasting time during my first couple years of college trying to figure out what I would declare as my major. While my peers were trying to figure this out, I had an understanding of the degree I wanted to purse.
Question: What made you interested in pursuing a career in hospital administration?
Answer: Influential mentors helped me see my strengths and realize that this was something that I should pursue.
Question: What advice would you give to students considering a career in healthcare?
Answer: If you think that to work in healthcare you have to be a doctor, nurse, or therapist, think again. There is a business aspect to healthcare and opportunities as a Personnel Manager, IT Specialist, or a Human Resource Director are available if you are willing to work hard to obtain those positions.
Question: What would you say to students thinking about joining HOSA?
Answer: Be involved and join! There is nothing to lose; worst case scenario is that you can come to understand you aren’t interested in a health profession. It is better to discover that in high school than in college when you have spent thousands of dollars on health profession courses.
Question: How did your participation in CTE prepare you for the occupation you are now pursuing in hospital administration?
Answer: My CTE participation indirectly made me aware of my interest in facilitating human well-being. Even though I am not a caregiver, I have the opportunity to manage caregivers and motivate them to provide the type of care they would want their closest loved ones to receive.