Let me preface this with I AM going to do this, it's just a matter of how. It's also a matter of being realistic and prepared with my expectations. I know the job market is poor for new grads. That's nothing new. I've seen the posts. I haven't seen anything recently about the Miami-Dade / Broward county job market. Does anyone have any feedback?
I am finishing up my sciences and plan to begin nursing school
next year (God willing). It will be about 2-3 years before I grad. with my associates. Then (again, God willing) into the job market. I plan on continuing for my BSN for another year while I'm working as a nurse. Then on to MSN. Possibly PhD later on.
I know I should get a job as a tech or CNA before graduation. I have the certs, just can't survive on the pay ($8.50/hr - ish. I am the sole support for my 3 year old and my McJob will just have to do for now since it pays around 13-14. boo.). If basic expenses weren't hanging in the balance, I would take a cut in pay no problem to do what I love.
So, I will be working my McJob because although not ideal, it is what will pave my way through school. I will make as many contacts as I can in the med field. Of course, I will be trolling for ANY job that will remotely cover my expenses in the med field in the time between now and graduation.
I enjoyed LTC while in CNA clinicals, so I am open to that. I'm open to ANYTHING to get my foot in the door as far as units or specialties when I start nursing. I can take time to move into my dream position later, after I've actually started nursing. The only thing I don't think I could handle is the 7p-7a shift. I had to work that for my current job for a year and it just does not work with having to care for my little girl. I all but missed out on her infancy because of that shift.
If I am open to ANYTHING besides overnights, do you think it is feasable to get a job in the miami-dade / broward area as a new grad?