The health professions require significant clinical experience in order to become a competitive candidate. The schools want students to be as sure as they can that the profession is right for them as a career choice and to get experiences that give them a good idea of what the profession is all about.
How to gain experience:
Health care practices and organizations that contact us with job openings are posted in the NC State ePACK software system, https://careers.dasa.ncsu.edu/using-epack/.
Often times, students get positions on their own. Taking the initiative and networking is how students often get positions (volunteer, shadowing, part-time and summers). Some ideas for accessing people and places for networking, getting contacts, leads and referrals.
*family and friends
*your personal health care office (doctor, dentist, etc)
*free and low cost health clinics
*hospital volunteer offices
*professional schools in NC – ask if they assist with contacts who have graduated from their program
*professional associations – some have a mentoring program
*NCSU pre-health students, student club members and officers (a rich network of contacts)
*referrals – one health care professional knows many others they could suggest