Careers Advice

So you want to be a health care professional?
So you want to work in health care?

But wait… there seems to be so many choices!

Ask yourself these questions

  • Do you want to make a positive and significant difference in peoples’ lives?
  • Do you genuinely want to help people that are having difficult times particularly in their health?

Becoming a health care professional

is a big decision and we are very happy to guide you with this. We can offer you free career advice and guidance. There are number of paths that you can choose. Most of our courses are supported by Government funding to encourage people to enter into the Health and Community Services area where there is a growing need.

There are a large number of health care courses on offer at Mayfield Education and to assist you in making these decisions we also ask you to consider the following:

Are you attracted by the highly technical components of health care? Working with equipment and machinery, devices and instruments? Infection Control & Sterilisation You may even want to consider the courses in the area of Operating Technician Theatre

Are you attracted to assisting people with specific activities when they are injured and recovering? You may want to look at the Allied Health Assistant course. AHA’s (as they are known) work in a variety of areas including Allied Health

Do you like the idea of undertaking complete care of a client, resident or patient? Perhaps you are interested in becoming a nurse. Diploma of Nursing

There is high demand for health care professionals. Some areas of health require you to study before starting employment whilst others allow you to earn while you learn.

Many of our courses provide foundational qualifications which can be built upon later at university and in other learning organisations. We call these pathways programs – pathways to your career.

There is often a large amount of information to take on board at the commencement of the Courses.

For this reason we schedule an information session for many courses to:

  • Inform you about how the course is undertaken
  • Assist you in your thinking and decisions on which course to undertake
  • Acquaint you with the level of study and academic demands associated with the course to ensure you make the right decision and are able to get through.

We believe in providing you with a real experience working in a real health care setting where you can learn and demonstrate your newly acquired skills.This is called clinical placement and this forms an important part of our courses.

We arrange placement for you. Attendance at clinical placement is mandatory and 100% attendance is required. Mayfield Education pays Health Care Organisations (AKA agencies) to accommodate you. Clinical teachers, preceptors, mentors and workplace buddies are always allocated to assist students on placement. They will meet you on day one of the placement and conduct a thorough orientation.

Preparing for study

We acknowledge that the choice to commence study is a big commitment by yourself and those around you. You will need to be organised and sacrifice time usually spent on other things. You will need to get into the habit of regular study and complete at least two hours of study in the form of homework for each hour you spend in the class. We create safe learning environments. To assist those of you who have not studied formally before; or those of you who may not have studied for a while we have prepared a presentation for you and a Student Study Guide. Information around the level of study requirement please go to Study Levels.


Mayfield Education is run and administered by Health Care Professionals. The course coordinators and facilitators are all health care professionals. Many of our facilitators continue to work in clinical areas and bring to the courses the latest information.

At the completion of the course we review your progress and ask ourselves if you have developed in the three main areas that are required for all health care professionals.

Attitude … Do you have the right attitude for your new role. Will you be customer focused, caring and helpful? Would we like to be looked after by you in a hospital or health setting?

Skills … Have you developed the skills you will need to undertake your role with safety and consideration? Do you readily accept feedback, acknowledge your mistakes and strive to improve yourself?

Knowledge … Do you now have the level of knowledge that is required to start working as a health care professional in your chosen area? Do you ask questions and solve problems? Do you make sure that you have the knowledge and level of supervision required before you undertake tasks? If you identify that you don’t know something – do you know where and how to find information to assist yourself?

We hope the above information and the additional information provided at Induction assists you on your exciting journey towards becoming a health care professional.