Fall career fair provides job seekers with ‘unforgettable experience’

October 18, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Hatim Elhady attended a recent career fair at Michigan Stadium.

Don’t forget, anyone looking to expand or begin a career as a nurse, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant has a tremendous opportunity at the organization’s upcoming 2017 fall career fair.

The event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium. Attendees will have a chance to meet with hiring managers from across the organization and learn about available positions and exciting new career paths.

That’s what happened to Hatim Elhady, who now works as a physician assistant in the Department of Surgery Pre-Operative Clinic.

Check out Hatim’s story:

How and why did you choose health care as a career path?

HE: As far back as I can remember, I recall my father waking up every day at 6 a.m. to go out into the freezing Michigan winter for work. One day, I asked him, “Dad, what motivates you to wake up and do the same thing over and over again?” He responded, “Hatim, my job lets me take care of my kids and give you, your brothers and sister a better life, the best education and a career that you will love.”

Since then, I have wanted to improve the lives of others around me, just as my father worked to improve ours. To start my career, I worked as an EMT, where I formed a professional relationship with a wonderful physician assistant — giving me a better understanding of the compassion and scope of care she provided. There was no medical case too simple or too complex for her to accept and she always greeted patients and families with kindness, empathy and sincerity. These traits coalesced into what I know to be the role of a physician assistant — and sparked me to switch careers.

What was your experience like at the recent Michigan Medicine recruiting fair?

HE: It was an incredible experience, beginning the moment I entered the doors of the “Big House,” where I was welcomed with open arms and formally introduced to recruiters from each department.

The fair took place in the Jack Roth Stadium Club, surrounding the football field where athletes solidified their legacy and undergraduates officially became alumni of U-M. It’s also the place I once sat to watch the President of the United States speak to me and my graduating class. I don’t believe it is often that you hear someone say that going to a recruiting fair is an unforgettable experience, but I can’t think of a better word to describe the event.

How was the Michigan Medicine recruiting fair different and/or better than other work search experiences you had?

HE: Unlike other recruiting events I have attended, this recruiting fair went above and beyond in describing what positions were available and providing me with limitless information and resources. I was taught how to personally build my health care resume and how to increase my chances of becoming a part of Michigan Medicine. “The Michigan Difference” was in full effect and on clear display at this one.

What do you love most about your job?

HE: The responsibility of providing the necessary care for a patient prior to their surgery. It gives me a chance to ensure the patient’s health, safety and confidence — all critical components to undergoing a successful surgery.

I also love my colleagues, whom I now consider my friends. We all work to build each other up and create a pleasant experience for our patients.

Would you recommend job seekers attend the upcoming fair and why?

HE: Without any reservation! This fair will provide job seekers with an in-depth look at the hiring process for one of the best medical centers in the world. Those who attend will not only gain the opportunity to get their names and resumes out to Michigan Medicine — but they will be able to take advantage of incredible resources and become competitive candidates for any job they want.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending the upcoming fair, be sure to check it out:

When: Noon-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22

Where: Jack Roth Stadium Club, Michigan Stadium (1201 S. Main St., Ann Arbor). Parking is free.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Please click here for more information and to register for the event.