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    Hi,

    Would any healthcare graduates (nursing/midwifery/odp/physio/speech and lang etc) share how you made sure that you were highly employable by 3rd year and the process that you went through to secure your first healthcare job? Did you find it difficult and did there seem to be enough jobs?

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    I'm not qualified yet but I've always had in mind applying for jobs before I even began the course.
    I have made sure I have a varied knowledge and experience base, working in different areas and gaining different clinical skills etc.
    I also try to do plenty of research and I have socialised a lot using social media to get to know the more prominent figures within my field to allow for a depth of knowledge too as well as making my name known. It's all about networking and ensuring you do your best I believe.

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    (Original post by deviant182)
    I'm not qualified yet but I've always had in mind applying for jobs before I even began the course.
    I have made sure I have a varied knowledge and experience base, working in different areas and gaining different clinical skills etc.
    I also try to do plenty of research and I have socialised a lot using social media to get to know the more prominent figures within my field to allow for a depth of knowledge too as well as making my name known. It's all about networking and ensuring you do your best I believe.

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    Hi, I am also interested in this. When you say socialising with them on social media, how do you mean exactly?

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    (Original post by kitens99)
    Hi, I am also interested in this. When you say socialising with them on social media, how do you mean exactly?

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    I am a member of several groups on Facebook and use twitter a lot!
    I also have a blog although I have not been as up to date this year!
    Through this I have attended conferences, I have had a post published in the bmj. I have raised the profile of learning disability nursing.
    And I have also learnt a lot personally too, both professionally and socially.
    It's worthwhile as you learn what is being updated within your field, including recent articles etc. I am able to network with others in my field where we can share ideas and thoughts about how we always improve what we do and where we are etc.
    Working together is what nursing should be about, not fighting against one another and trying to outdo one another. Which unfortunately i have experienced in the 2 years I've been doing my course. Of course, that doesn't mean to say all people are like that but you do get some individuals that will have the elitist type attitude.
    Do your best and work with others to help improve where you will work and to help improve the people's lives that you are nursing.
    There are plenty of opportunities out there for people!


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    (Original post by KatieBlogger)
    Hi,

    Would any healthcare graduates (nursing/midwifery/odp/physio/speech and lang etc) share how you made sure that you were highly employable by 3rd year and the process that you went through to secure your first healthcare job? Did you find it difficult and did there seem to be enough jobs?

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    I've done probably an excessive number of employability related things (although I wasn't giving job searching much thought at the time), just though my interests and enjoying learning more. I found job searching easy, but have done a lot of things in my own time which have benefited me. There definitely is no need for anyone to do anywhere near as many things as I've done, I know a lot of people who have job offers and have just completed the basic course requirements.

    I've done a lot of work experience in hospitals and hospices, and have been volunteering since I was 15 with lots of different organisations (RSPCA, Foodcycle, Marie Curie to name a few). I also mentor some 1st year students. I've also attended a lot of workshops and conferences. I have additional qualifications in infection control and completed an NHS leadership programme. Through uni we did a quality improvement project, which a lot of employers have picked up on as they want nurses who want to make positive change in their work environment. I've also done a few other bits and pieces, such as making patient information sheets that have been rolled out across the health board. Last year I campaigned to get flu vaccines for all student nurses in Scotland which passed in parliament.

    I was led to believe that there wouldn't be anywhere near enough jobs and that I would have to work for a couple of years at a minimum in an area I didn't want to work in. This didn't turn out to be the case at all, I think if you were constrained to one geographic area you might have to settle for a different area, but I was fortunate enough to be able to move wherever so have lots of great options. I applied for about 30 jobs and got interviews for almost all (obviously couldn't attend them all), the only reasons I was declined was if they didn't want students who graduated as late as September. I got offered positions at every one I was interviewed at. I also went to a job fair and got a few offers there too. I'm taking some time out at the minute as I've broken my arm so that's put a bit of a delay on my plans.

    There are plenty of things you can do to make yourself look employable but it's glaringly clear to employers if you've done a lot of extra things just because you think it will make you look good. I mentor students and do PS advice and always recommend that people look for opportunities in an area they have a genuine interest in, or causes they really care about.
 
 
 
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