I just graduated from Case Western Reserve University (the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing) and I'm having a horrible time -- not only finding a job -- but finding a job opportunity open to new graduates!
I figured out relatively early that I wanted to attend a residency program (ideally) before transitioning into a full-time job. I would like more guidance -- particularly because I would like to work in the Operating Room.
My school was unique in that I DID have an OR rotation my junior year. I was one of two that absolutely loved it! I knew I wanted to start a career in this field.
I even spent half of my practicum hours in an OR in Cleveland.
I've been out of school for a month now (not long, I know) and I've applied to three residency programs and a few jobs in-between. Already -- the jobs are all no-gos and 2 of the 3 residency programs have sent me an automated letter saying that I was no longer under consideration. It's not like I was out there shooting in the dark! I read the requirements very closely and made I sure I was an ideal candidate before applying.
I have a 3.47 cumulative GPA (not great, but not bad either), a BSN from a reputable nursing program, good references and resume, I ALWAYS had a job in undergrad (not clinical, though)... What could I possibly do to give myself a CHANCE?!?
I am really, very discouraged - particularly when I see job opportunities that say in BOLD,
ALL CAPS (sometimes even underlined
) "NEW GRADS NEED NOT APPLY"
or "1 YEAR MINIMUM EXPERIENCE"
How are we supposed to get any experience if no one hires us - even for less than ideal positions? Even nurse residency programs seem uninterested in a new grad!
What can I do? I feel so disheartened that I can't imagine myself applying for a REAL JOB when a program intended for students discards me so easily...
Any helpful hints are much appreciated!