She worked for the largest companies in the world, was always busy and paid well. At the same time, it gnawed at Frederieke Seeger that she meant so little to others. Through an orientation job at the care organization Cardia, she discovered that her heart lies in the care of the elderly. “Sometimes I think: I should have taken this step sooner.”

Frederieke has been working since the spring of 1024 at Cardia. “Before that I did commercial work. It was a busy job, which certainly had advantages. I worked for big companies and made good money. But it was not meaningful work. I was just trying to bring in customers. When corona came, I was at home video calling and I realized that this work did not make me happy.”

Orientation job

She decided to look for a job in which she can be of value to others. “I discovered that at Cardia you can follow a orientation course. This means that you spend six weeks in different departments, both in a nursing home and in home care. This way you discover which activities suit you. You don’t need to have experience, your motivation is the most important.”

Feeling useful

Step by step she learns the intricacies of elderly care. “In the beginning you don’t perform any care activities, but you immediately feel useful. You support the person you walk with and you are there for the residents. You can take a walk with a resident, make beds, you name it. This gives you a very good impression of the organization and the work. It is also nice that you immediately receive a good salary, which increases as soon as you complete the training and gain experience.”

Frederick Seeger. (Photo: Cardia)

Career in healthcare

After six weeks you will take a test and discuss which training suits you best. “You can go in all directions, from helper to nurse. I would like to become a coaching nurse. Before that, I am currently following the MBO training in nursing via Cardia. Later on I hope to do the higher vocational education. In this position you perform all kinds of care tasks yourself, but you also help colleagues to become better at their work. I have a lot of experience with coaching and that is how those skills come in handy.”

Inspiring classmates

The courses are internal. You do not have to go to an MBO or HBO school, but you will receive lessons at a Cardia location. “I am in class with people of all ages and from different backgrounds. Some have made a career switch just like me, others choose it from their childhood. That’s very inspiring.”

Frederieke does not regret her career switch for a second. (Photo: Cardia)

So much love

For Frederieke, the orientation track was a bull’s eye. “After a few days, I couldn’t wait to start working independently. There is a collegial atmosphere, you are well supervised. And you get so much love from the residents that it is sometimes touching. For example, if someone spontaneously hugs you and says you are an angel. Or that a silent person to whom you say something nice suddenly starts a conversation with you.”

‘Don’t doubt’

According to her, thanks to the orientation job, a career switch is possible for everyone. “Looking back, I sometimes think: I wish I had taken this step sooner. What I have experienced, I give to everyone. Age and experience don’t matter, your motivation is the most important. Everything is arranged for you, from training to supervision during work. You don’t have to quit your current job right away, because you may be able to get unpaid leave. My advice: don’t hesitate and seize this opportunity.”

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