21 March 2019
It’s suddenly become very real, not only am I in my final year but I am now working on my final assignment and awaiting the commencement of my final management placement!!!
Assignments and placements aside, since around the mid point of my second year, conversations surrounding jobs have often dominated discussion in the communal areas around uni. Some already applying for positions, others already had conditional positions and of course several (like me) just hadn't even begun looking! Regardless of your potential employment status the university and the trust are very keen to collaborate and check out the fresh talent, laying on several events and programs.
Recently the university hosted a jobs fair, employers visited the university and spoke to students about their employment opportunities for us post graduation. The hospital trust has also been in contact with students about conditional positions, submitting applications, interview coaching and further to that a student forum hosted by ward managers and other potential employers is being held in our honor.
Outside of university resources, there is also the NHS jobs website advertising a vast array of positions all over the country. For those of us that want to remain more local there are local trust websites. These sites are brilliant, telling you exactly what’s available in your area, what they require in the roles they're advertising and online application forms (so no messy hand written forms!).
Thankfully now that I'm in my 3rd year I have a clearer idea of exactly where I'd like to work and with this in mind I have been much more proactive in my job quest, taking several steps to ensure that I maximise my chances at securing a position in the area I'd really like to practice. Thankfully my determination has paid off, resulting in a conditional offer within the practice area that I really wanted to be in.
So if or when you have a clearer idea of where you want to practice, don't be shy! Get in contact with the practice area, tell them that you're keen to begin your career with them. Tell them why you want to work there specifically, be positive, friendly and ask them what specific qualities they expect from you. In addition to this write a strong personal statement that is tailored to the area in which you're applying. I know it can be really hard to sell yourself but by this point you will have had feedback from your placement areas and tutors use this to your advantage!