Gaining Experience

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