Jobs for new graduate in BC (e.g. Victoria, Nelson)?

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    Hi everyone. I've just graduated an RN program in Ontario, but I've always wanted to move to BC, and I'm wondering what the job market is like in BC right now. I've read several other threads in which students have been struggling to find work there, but I wonder if its any worse than in Ontario (its not so good in Ontario either right now). Two places I've really fell in love with in BC are Victoria and Nelson. I know they are very different places, but they are both truly amazing places to live in my opinion. Anyways, I'm interested in working Med-Surg and/or mental health. Any advice on what the market is like in BC for new grads, is greatly appreciated!

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    I'm in essentially the same situation - graduating in Ontario, wanting to move back to BC. Did you go to Nelson? I would love to live there but I'm worried about getting a job as a new grad...
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    I'm a new graduate living in Victoria (did my nursing school here) and I can't find a job, I am currently unemployed after graduating over a month ago, the job market is terrible here right now
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    BC prefers to hire locals also. There is some RN work in rural AB....I see postings in small towns....but aside from that, jobs are scarce. I left ON in January for this reason. You really have to be willing to go where the job is these days.
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    The job market for new grads in BC is not very good right now, to be honest. Most new grads seem to get hired into positions on the unit that they did their final preceptorship in. But you never know - you could get lucky! I'd suggest talking to a recruiter from the health authorities that you're interested in ( and, as well as checking the job postings religiously! I hear ya on wanting to move to Victoria - that's where I'm hoping to end up, too! Good luck.
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    I wouldn't hold my breath on VIHA. I lived on VI a couple of years ago. Their hiring process moved slower than a snail and ultimately, they prefer to hire their own new grads or local nurses before hiring experienced from out of province.
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    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your replies. Some of you mentioned it was difficult finding a job in victoria. That was a year ago...i heard it is now easier to get a position there. I wouls be interested to know from those of you who work in victoria what you think?
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    I work in Victoria--casual RN on a few floors. I graduated from UVic. From what I've seen, this is a highly competitive place to find a job as an outsider...because there are a lot of nurses wishing to relocate her from the rest of Canada. And what was already said about the hiring process being's true; it's HORRIBLY slow here to get the ball rolling. Could take you 6 months to two years to get fully hired as a casual, IMO (as an outsider). VIHA just hired over 150 new grads (from the local uni) in April. And they will be doing the same thing again next year. It's their new grad initiative to retain their own grads. Honestly, no offense but good luck... :-(
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    Wow. I've always heard that it's a challenge to be hired in BC, especially now with this economy. I'm not surprised though, since the economy hasn't improved all that much in the last 4 years, especially in BC and Ontario.
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    Thanks for your replies Silentdivide and joanna73!

    Yes I can definitely see why people want to move to BC, and why it would be competitive to get a position there. I do have two years of experience on a medical floor, but I won't hold my breath. Why didn't I go to UVIC for my nursing degree...sigh

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