Career Corner Spring 2013
Kimberly Porter is the Relationship Manager for the College of Health Professions. In this newly developed role, she ensures that there is an open line of communication between Career Services and CHP. This allows the Career Services team to form a better relationship with students and meet their career development needs while at Pace and beyond.
Career Corner will regularly feature career advice from her as well as Jane Dolan and Judi DeBlasio.
Q: If I’m a nursing or PA student or someone looking for a job in those fields, what advice do you have?
A: The key is networking and flexibility. While students are at their clinical rotations and in preceptorships, they must network, make strong bonds and connections, and make themselves indispensible. “Someone put in a good word for me,” is a statement I frequently hear when people get jobs. It’s never too early in your academic career to start networking.
Career fairs are a great way to network; we're having one on April 10th at Goldstein Fitness Center in Pleasantville from 11 to 2.
A lot of positions in healthcare are not advertised, so network with friends in your class and alumni because they hear about openings. Be proactive, use Linked-In and the Pace Online Alumni Community to find mentors.
The other key is not to get your heart set on a particular region or specialty. You have to be open to multiple geographic locations. You don’t have to leave the state (although some do), but you can’t say, “I want to be one song away from my house on the radio.”
You also have to be amenable to any shift. The more access you have to meeting people who know the work you do, the better. It’s good to be at a teaching hospital.
Even if you work as a floater in a hospital, be flexible to that - you meet a lot of people in a lot of different areas.
Q: In a tough job market, what else can CHP students do to stand out, and how can you help?
A: We can work with students to be sure job search materials like resumes and cover letters are in tip-top shape. Students and alumni seeking work need to modify their cover letters for each application. What goes for everyone in a tough market goes for nurses and PAs as well, but what’s great for Pace graduates is the experience you get through clinicals and preceptorships before you graduate. That’s when prospective employers get to know students.
Also, our nurses are doing clinicals much earlier than students at other schools, not only giving them more hands-on experience, but also providing more access to people in the field, giving them an advantage in the job market.
Our programs are rigorous ones with excellent reputations.
Q: If I get a job without working with career services, why should I still keep in touch?
A: Our relationship does not end upon graduation. It’s crucial for students to provide us with information about their employment. We need to get accurate statistics about the success of the program. So whether you are working, looking for a job, transitioning from one position to another, or continuing your education, we would like to know. This information affects Pace’s ranking and the value of your diploma. We need to have an accurate picture of your career development. In addition, we keep a database of positions, so we can help match alumni with jobs if we have your resume on file. It’s a win-win for everyone.