One of the best things about working for AfterCollege is knowing that we’re actually helping college students and recent grads with their job search. True story: We even have a bell we ring in the office when someone gets a job through our site! I thought you might enjoy hearing some individual success stories, so let’s kick off with Natalie Dickson, who graduated from Georgetown University with a major in nursing and minor in psychology in May 2011. She’ll be starting as an RN II at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in July 2013.
How did you go about your job search?
I actually used your website (AfterCollege) and just searched for RN jobs in California. It was surprisingly easy, actually. I went through some jobs and found one that fit my experience and applied!
How long did your job search take?
I had been looking into travel nursing for a few months but wasn’t having much luck because I have just under two years of experience as an RN. Once I found the job posting on your website for Stanford, I applied online and heard back from them within a month.
How did you become interested in your field?
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine and once I began nursing school at Georgetown, I knew it was the perfect match for me. After graduating I obtained a new graduate position in a Neuro/Trauma ICU in Atlantic City. I originally was interested in oncology but clinical experience in the ICU during my senior year sparked my interest in pursuing a career in critical care.
What are you most looking forward to about your new job?
I’m looking forward to working in a bigger hospital associated with a major university. Stanford is known for being very innovative and I look forward to the resources and opportunities associated with that. Stanford Hospital is also a Level 1 Trauma Center so I look forward to the challenges of taking care of very sick patients.
What advice would you give to college students who are interested in pursuing a career in your field?
I would tell them to work very hard and never give up. Nursing school can be very difficult, but it is well worth all of the hard work. I would also tell them to explore all of the opportunities for nurses because there are numerous career paths for nurses!
Congratulations Natalie and good luck at your new job!
And you, dear reader: How is YOUR job search going? Have any success stories or frustrations? Let us know in the comments!