To increase your chances of getting accepted into the competitive field of nursing, it’s imperative that you understand today’s admission requirements. Like anything you plan to invest your time and money in, being prepared is of the utmost importance. With this in mind, consider the following steps as you pursue entry into nursing school.
As you enter your postsecondary education, you’re likely to get a lot of advice about ways to succeed. And while it may be easy to feel overwhelmed from competing advice, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your success in this exciting chapter.
Choose a Program That Interests You
First and foremost, choose a program that interests you. This is especially true if you’re in a trade school or certificate program that is designed to provide training around a very specific skill set. Not only are you more likely to stick with an area of study that interests you, but you’re also more apt to enjoy it. Because trade schools are set up to hone specialized skills for a specific job, you’ll want to be sure that your program is something you feel will bring long-term pleasure.
From career fairs to campus tours, by the time you’re a junior or senior in high school you’ve heard a lot about college. Something less discussed is trade school – sometimes referred to as vocational school or vocational college. This shouldn’t be written off as a lesser education than traditional college programs, though. The main distinction between trade school and traditional college lies in its focus.
A higher education is important to your career success; however, not all programs are created equally. Some require more lectures and labs, while others provide more post-graduation opportunities for employment. Although post-graduation employment shouldn’t be your only criteria as you evaluate education programs or certificates, job outlook should remain a key consideration. After all, you don’t want to find yourself newly graduated and unemployed, or worse, newly graduated and unemployed with amounting student loan debt or other bills.
To help guide you as you make this important decision, we’ve created a shortlist of some in-demand programs. To kick off this series, we will take a look at programs focused on one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the United States: medicine and healthcare.
A Career fair provides an excellent opportunity to meet recruiters face-to-face and to begin to network to identify open positions. Once you have attended a Career Fair, here are some suggested practices you should do shortly after the Career fair:
GET ORGANIZED: Keep track of all the contacts you made as well as the positions that interested you. Organize your employer business cards and get ready to follow up with the information you discussed with the recruiter at the fair.
A 20-second elevator speech is a sales pitch, and it’s very short. It is a sound bite that sells you to a hiring manager or a networking contact that can help you get to an interview. The 20-second elevator speech (long enough yet short enough to begin and end between floors) immediately gains attention and leaves the receiver wanting more. It is a perfect speech to give when meeting recruiters at a CAREER FAIR.
Nursing is a rewarding career that can make you really feel good about yourself and the work you’re doing – work that you can do in a variety of locations (some that you might never guess).
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Making healthcare information accessible to physicians, facilities and all providers involved in patient care is a necessity that gave rise to the health information technology (HIT) industry. HIT, in turn, has created the need for a way to effectively manage an organization’s information systems. That is the responsibility of health information management (HIM). Northwestern College has recognized the growing need for HIM professionals, which is why we launched a four-year Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program.
Northwestern College’s May 2018 Healthcare Career Fair draws its biggest turnout! Read more below