Today I woke up at 7am on my day off (typical!). I was torn between having a lazy day seeing as I have been at work and placement these past couple of weeks or doing something productive like reorganising my room.
Instead, it came up on my Facebook that the RCNi Nursing Careers and Jobs Fair was happening in Leicester today. I wasn’t 100% sure if it would be suitable for me as I am still only in my first year, but I decided to take the plunge and booked myself a last-minute slot!
Myself and another mental health student decided to attend some of the seminars and workshops that they had. We attended the preceptorship workshop, mental health nursing in a forensic setting workshop, leadership and developing a multi-cultural team seminar and the sepsis awareness workshop! It was a brilliant couple of hours and it was so amazing to see so many other people passionate about nursing. I was lucky enough to meet the Katie Dutton who is the RCN Student Nurse of the year do her sepsis awareness talk. Seeing someone like her do so much with her time as a student nurse and has inspired me and to make me stop thinking that ‘I am just a student’!
It was also so interesting to meet companies as well as other NHS providers to work out what I want to do. Even as a first year, we get asked ‘what would you like to do when you qualify?’ and I had realised that I had not given it much thought! I would 100% recommend going to a jobs fair even if you are in your first year, as it will give you an idea of what you would like to do in the future.
I think that nursing is what you make of it. If you are proactive and passionate you will be able to find these types of events that and be able to make new connections and make your face known to future employers. I have learnt so much from being at this event and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!