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Rural employment: A get-go for recent nursing and allied health graduates?

Jessup, B ORCID: 0000-0001-9712-1703, Barnett, T ORCID: 0000-0002-1376-6414, Cross, M ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-4650, Obamiro, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0265-1953 and Mallick, S 2021 , 'Rural employment: A get-go for recent nursing and allied health graduates?' , Australian Journal of Rural Health , pp. 1-13 , doi: 10.1111/ajr.12773.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the pathways recent nursing and allied health graduates haveused to gain initial employment in regional and rural Tasmania.Design: A mixed-methods design comprising an online survey and semi-structuredinterviews.Setting: Tasmania, Australia.Participants: Eighty-four recent nursing and allied health graduates from 18disciplines.Main outcome measures: Location and pathway to initial employment, job searchstrategies, number of job applications and length of time taken to gain employment.Results: Participants obtained their qualification from Tasmania or mainlandAustralia. Rural-origin graduates were more likely to work in rural locations aftergraduating. Graduates sought initial regional or rural employment to be close to family; to avail themselves of more job opportunities and less competition from othergraduates; and for adventure. An inability to secure metropolitan jobs led others toseek opportunities in regional and rural Tasmania. Graduates that used multiple jobsearch strategies and who were more flexible regarding location and field of initialemployment experienced fewer challenges gaining employment.Conclusion: For recent nursing and allied health graduates, securing initial employment can be time-consuming and labour-intensive. Being flexible, persistentand willing to adjust expectations about work location will help. Rural employmentmight provide the right get-go for a professional career. Understanding the pathwaysrecent graduates have used to gain initial rural employment can help better connectgraduates and prospective employers.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jessup, B and Barnett, T and Cross, M and Obamiro, K and Mallick, S
Keywords: graduate employment, health science graduates, labour market, recruitment, rural health
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Rural Health
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1038-5282
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajr.12773
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Copyright 2021 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

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