Jump to content

Working in another province

Canada   (1,838 Views 5 Comments)
by tsl1137 tsl1137 (New) New

245 Profile Views; 1 Post

Hi, I am a nursing student currently doing my degree in Quebec.

I hope to work in BC in the future, because that is where I am from. But I am worried about getting a job after graduation, since not only did I not complete a program in BC (I heard that the hospitals have preference for BC graduates), I don't have any connection in BC either...

Does anyone have an experience like this and have any advice to give??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

400 Posts; 6,599 Profile Views

I have a friend who did her schooling in Alberta and then it took her 6 months to find a job in BC as she had never worked or had any connections in BC. I'd say it will be tricky but not impossible. I'd probably get a job in Quebec while looking for a job in BC.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

loriangel14 is a RN and specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

1 Follower; 6,923 Posts; 36,376 Profile Views

Just be aware that the job market in BC is very tough. I wouldn't move until you actually had a job out there. Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

joanna73 is a BSN, RN and specializes in geriatrics.

1 Article; 4,767 Posts; 43,603 Profile Views

I had 2 friends who were from BC and completed their schooling in ON. They said it took 6 months to get a phone interview. Neither of them moved back and that was 6 years ago. Things have not improved.

I am from ON and moved to Alberta before the oil crash and the on/ off hiring freezes. There are few jobs here unless you have experience in a specialty area or you don't mind working rural areas.

Don't move without an offer unless you have 7 months of savings to live on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CanadianRN16 specializes in Geriatrics.

109 Posts; 2,237 Profile Views

Are you able to speak French well enough get a job in Quebec/ pass the OQLF exam (if necessary)? If so, I'd take the NCLEX when going for OIIQ licensure so you can switch provinces when something is available. I switched from QC to ON because I was unable to find work at the McGill affiliated Montreal hospitals.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
×