I am an Australian nursing student, preparing to present at the Student Network Asssembly of the ICN Congress in Melbourne this May.
I hope to meet many of you there!
I am also wondering what you all think about the topic; the economic crisis and the resultant challenges many new graduates are facing finding employment in their chosen career in current times of lay-offs and cutbacks.
Have you and/or your peers found it hard to get work?
What have you done to increase your opportunities of finding employment? What works, what doesn't work?
For example, here in Australia we are facing a workforce shortage of nurses, however there are not enough graduate programs for the number of graduates. So, despite their being a great need for nurses, a huge proportion of our new grads can't find work!
To increase chances of getting work, some students focus on maintaining high grades, developing strong relationships during their placements/lower qualified work, and taking part in leadership roles and community work to bolster resumes. Yet others are beginning to lobby and advocate for the need to develop grad programs at a policy level...
I would love to hear your ideas,