I’m a College Freshman – How Do I Get Professional Experience?

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You’re about the embark on a four(ish) year journey toward becoming a nurse, dental hygienist, nuclear medicine technologist, or other health care professional.  You are excited to start your college career and ready to focus on your studies, but now your academic advisor has told you that you have to get experience BEFORE you get into the program that’s going to make you a certified professional.

But what about INTERNSHIPS?!?

Internships are great and you will have required internship/clinical experiences once you get into your program.  But, to get there we strongly encourage you to seek out opportunities for experience.  This is important not just to build a competitive application, but also to confirm that you’ve chosen a career field that will be a good fit for you. Getting experience also helps you build a network of potential references when if comes time to apply into your program.

So, if not internships, how do you get started? 

Shadow a Health Professional

Contact the doctors office/medical practice your family goes to, call up your dental office, etc. and ask if they will allow you to observe for a few hours. This is a great way to dip your toes in if you haven’t ever seen what the actual day to day operations of a medical office look like behind the scenes.  This is a good first step, but don’t stop here!

Volunteer!

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Look for opportunities at a local hospital in a department related to your hoped for career.  For example, if you are interested in Nuclear Medicine Technology, try to volunteer in the Radiology department.

Get a JOB!

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Complete a Certificate or Licensure program that will give you even more direct patient contact and maybe even get you a paid position. Some examples include but are not limited to:

The opportunities are endless for those who really want to get a head start in their field.  So get out and get some experience today!!!

 

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