The life of a Joyce graduate is varied and diverse. There’s no one single path for our talented students to pursue after graduation. Whether you become a dental laboratory technician or a registered nurse, everyone’s day looks different. That being said, all new graduates do follow a few similar steps to get started in their healthcare careers. Whatever Joyce program you choose, follow this guide and get your healthcare career started right after graduation.
If you’re planning on becoming a registered nurse, you’ll need to prepare for and pass your NCLEX exam. Before taking the test, you’ll need to register for the course and pay the sign-up fee. Once you’ve picked a test date, create a study plan and start preparing!
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Whether you’re a medical assistant, a dental laboratory technician, a nurse, or an occupational therapist, everyone needs to apply for a job. If you’re hoping to have a position locked down before you graduate, start applying three to four months before graduation. The healthcare industry is booming, with projected job growth of 18 percent between 2016 and 2026. This means there are jobs to be had!
As an Joyce graduate, you’ll probably spend some time doing the following to discover your ideal position:
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Once you’ve got an interview lined up, you’ll need to prepare. Take your personalized cover letter and resume to the interview in case the interviewer needs a copy. This always looks professional. Reread the job description beforehand so you’re ready to answer questions pertaining to the job requirements. Practice answering interview questions and talking about your experience. Being able to speak eloquently about your skills and experience is a big plus. It’s also important to look the part. Dress professionally and consider investing in a nice outfit for interview opportunities. Creating a great first impression is vital and can make all the difference to hiring managers. Always follow up your interview with an email, phone call, or handwritten thank you note. This helps you leave a positive, lasting impression!
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