The end is in sight, you’re in the last year of your nursing degree and everyone’s either talking about dissertation or if they have a job or not?
Dissertation aside – what if you haven’t got a job offer yet?
Students will get job offers at different times through out their final year some may not get an actual offer too. Either way it’s ok! We are all different and have had different journeys through our degree, it does make you a better nurse if you have a job offer and it certainly does not mean you are not as good as your friends if you don’t have an offer!
Try not to feel too pressured on getting a job after all there are lots of reports and figures out there suggest that around 90% of nursing graduates are in work six months after qualifying (obviously stats do vary on location and year to year but it mostly stays a high percent currently). Lots of students get job offers on their last placement but don’t be disheartened if you are not one of these either, every team is different.
Don’t be afraid to accept a few offers too. You don’t have to just take the first thing that comes along. Remember you can always say no at a later time if something better comes along. Ask questions about a job, where it can, what support you get, your first job may be a bit daunting so you want to feel safe and secure in role too.
There are more options out there as well as the NHS to consider too. Some students go into private sector nursing places, agency or bank work, plus there are also options to work abroad, in schools and local councils employs nurses as do charities. There are voluntary organisations that need nurses and prisons and the armed forces. Lots of options so keep an open mind on your options and location for employment.
Universities offer a career service support, they will be able to help you with interview techniques, applications and support and signpost for job hunting no matter what sector you want yo work in. Help is out there. Check the NHS job site plus general job pages too.
Jobs fairs are usual held in your third year so go along and see what employers are there. You might even get recruited there!
Lots of NHS trusts hold open days. Check their social media pages/accounts for events, go along and find out more, they often recruit on the day there too.
As a newly qualified nurse you are a great asset, you are fresh and ready to start your journey in nursing and hopefully don’t have any bad habits! You are up to date with new and recent information, research and strategies that will bring a new pair of eyes into a role or department. You choose your job that’s right for you!