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Heston Tobias was tasked by Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) to find a smoother path for Mohawk‘s non-health care students to hospital placements and it earned him a full-time job.

Tobias was on a placement during his graduate program in Business Analysis at Mohawk and worked under Dianne Norman, Manager of Student Affairs and Academic Relations at HHS.

“HHS brings in students from many postsecondary schools throughout Canada and for the ones from clinical backgrounds, it‘s straightforward to find a match. But for people like me, from non-clinical backgrounds, it‘s a bit more difficult,“ said Tobias.

Norman believed students with diverse skill-sets could be useful in clinical settings but that a process was needed to assess needs and gaps and how they could be addressed. Tobias, after countless interviews with people from across HHS, built the framework for an algorithm.

“It could be that the neurology department has a problem that needs a business analyst but they might not even know what a business analyst is,“ said Tobias.

“Dianne, and John Parker gave me so much confidence to spearhead this project. I was exposed to the culture of HHS. Everyone was so willing to talk to me. I realized I wanted to land a job here.“

Parker says Tobias, who holds an English degree and a masters in cultural studies and critical theory, both from McMaster, did a “remarkable job“ on the project.

A week after his graduation from Mohawk he was hired by the HHS HITS eHealth Team as a Transformation Change Analyst. He‘s part of a group that creates and implements e-health solutions across the Local Health Integration Network.

“That just shows the value of these experiential learning experiences,“ said Parker.