Maegan Langridge describes herself as “a people person.” It’s a quality that serves her just as well in her current career as a health care assistant for Vancouver Coastal Health as it did in the hospitality industry.

The 33-year-old worked as a server and bartender for many years. After her son Adam was born four years ago, she found a job as a nanny so she could take him with her.

“When he turned three, I started thinking about what I wanted to do next,” she recalls. Maegan felt that if she was going to spend time away from her family, her work had to be rewarding.

Capilano University’s seven-month, full-time Health Care Assistant program suited her needs, had a good record for having its students find jobs after graduation, and offered the benefit of on-site daycare. 

Langridge describes the program as “amazing.” She appreciated the small class of 19 students. She found the instructors helpful and open, with a wealth of real-life experience that they were willing to share, and describes her classroom discussions as “inspiring and engaging.”

The coordinator of the program was equally impressed with her.

“Maegan was an exceptional student. She was outstanding in both the clinical program and in the classroom and was a good leader,” says Carol Tanner, adding that she was personable, a strong advocate for patients, an excellent communicator, and wasn’t afraid to ask questions.

Langridge now works with seniors at two Vancouver Coastal Health care facilities on the North Shore. These were her two practicum placements—they hired her right out of school.

“I love the job,” she says, noting that she plans to continue her schooling eventually to become an RN or LPN. “I get to work with people—and not only residents, but the health care team to provide quality care for the residents. I also like that you can work independently.”

Ultimately, she says, “You make a difference in people’s days.”

She believes that should be important to you if you wish to enter the world of health care. Langridge says she keeps in mind the words of the American poet Maya Angelou, who once wrote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Learn more about the Health Care Assistant program.

Submitted by Marketing & Communications