Jobs in calgary, ab...any to be had - page 3

by courtney1987

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Hello all, I live in winnipeg, been an RN for 2 1/2 yrs and recently applied for my license in Alberta. Haven't heard anything yet and now I hear there is a freeze on hiring :s So anyone have an idea if I will get my license... Read More


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    Oh, I hear you. When I was a new grad at the turn of the century (love being able tosay that), there were few jobs. At one time I was employed as a casual at four different places. Made keeping the calendar straight a challenge! But even then there was not full time hours (had student loans to pay back). And it meant picking up the shifts nobody wanted.

    That's what a casual has to do. Pick up the nights, weekends, last minute calls.

    Oh, and Texas? I had a coworker who went down in the '90s. Broke the contract and came home. The final straw was being called a "wetback" by a patient.
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    Texas is not for me either. I've heard too many horror stories over the years.

    I was planning to move to the city this summer, but those plans are on hold until at least fall, due to the state of things. I'll stay put until some of this resolves and the shuffling of staff dies down.

    As far as shifts nobody wants? Sign me up! Nights, weekends and holidays are quieter and more money. You do what you have to do.
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    Quote from joanna73
    The thing is, as I mentioned, you may or may not be able to land a position with a non profit agency or a private company. But even these agencies have cut jobs because whatever government funding they were receiving has been cut.

    If you are hired within AHS or Covenant Health and then positions are cut somewhere within these organizations....well, these nurses need a place to go. That means you're either reduced to casual status or laid off.

    Consider working rural, anywhere. Even if you don't really want to, just to gain experience, do it. Rural facilities are always looking for staff, Northern AB included.

    Nunavut and the Yukon are hiring too, if you can stand extreme cold and isolation. Or you might have to try to get 3 casual jobs. Do what you need to do. Sask and Manitoba are hiring at the moment.

    This won't last forever, but the next year will be dry. I've heard ON, BC, and Nfld is in similar shape.
    MB is not doing any better with jobs. We don't have anything either. That's a big reason for my move. I have been trying since I graduated and now 2 yrs later I work at an agency and hope I get a shift. I worked like 10 casual jobs in my 2 yrs of work. Sucks I guess all over for the nursing profession
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    This is sad! I was just approved to take the CPNRE and I'm planning to move to Edmonton at the beginning of next year. Now it looks like if I do move to Alberta, I'll have to live in the middle of no where. Another option would be to get licensed in a state close to Alberta. Maybe I can find a job in the oil fields. I don't know.
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    Quote from tokidoki7
    Another option would be to get licensed in a state close to Alberta. Maybe I can find a job in the oil fields. I don't know.
    A state close to Alberta, like Montana? It's the only state that borders Alberta. They do have oil there.
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    Quote from tokidoki7
    This is sad! I was just approved to take the CPNRE and I'm planning to move to Edmonton at the beginning of next year. Now it looks like if I do move to Alberta, I'll have to live in the middle of no where. Another option would be to get licensed in a state close to Alberta. Maybe I can find a job in the oil fields. I don't know.
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    Hi, I am a female chemist back home, which kind of jobs in oil fields can I handle plus the wage is good, I never work in oil fields in Canada, thanks very much for your sharing.
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    Not to be a Debbie Downer here but ideas of working the rigs are just as unrealistic as finding your dream nursing job in Alberta right now.

    What is a chemist qualified to do on the rigs? Labour...

    Camp life stinks, especially for a woman and If you are not a certified trades person you are not looking at stellar pay.

    Think about how you would like to live in seclusion with a rough group of men (mostly decent guys but the culture is abominable) paying through the nose for everything and working long, hard and lonely hours.

    I will take nursing, even in a struggling economy, any day!
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    I think the Chemist sees themself in an lab like on the TV ads making the world green.

    Most of the jobs are trades. Good money if you have the skills
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    Quote from CodeteamB
    Not to be a Debbie Downer here but ideas of working the rigs are just as unrealistic as finding your dream nursing job in Alberta right now.

    What is a chemist qualified to do on the rigs? Labour...

    Camp life stinks, especially for a woman and If you are not a certified trades person you are not looking at stellar pay.

    Think about how you would like to live in seclusion with a rough group of men (mostly decent guys but the culture is abominable) paying through the nose for everything and working long, hard and lonely hours.

    I will take nursing, even in a struggling economy, any day!
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    Thanks for everyone's reply, I just ask because everybody said: "u were chemist before, u should work for oil and gas company to make big bucks, plus at present the nursing job is so tough..." That's why I ask, seems I have to stay where I am....


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