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2019 Health Science and Nursing Career Fair March 7th, 11:00 am-2:00pm

Register today and meet with area employers: 

Check out the Employers who will be at our Career Fair:

Career Corner Sept 2019

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana

Creating Your Brand

Personal branding is creating a professional and personal reputation. How you want people to see you as a person and a colleague. It helps bring to light your goals and how you will achieve them as a person.

Employees will google you, they will build an image of you online, resume, phone interview, ad in-person interview

  1. Determine your emotional appeal
    • How do I make people feel?
    • How would someone describe me?
    • Make a list of words to describe you.
  2. Determine your description of what or who your brand is for
    • What industry (e.g. healthcare)
    • Target Market (look for common terms used in your specific field)
  3. Determine your function what do you do
    1. What transferable skills/skills do you have to bring to the position.
  4. Put it all together to create your professional summary
How to begin to prepare for job placement now

Journal Writing

will not only help you reflect on your day, but will also help gather your experiences to draw from when interviewing.

Soft skills in Healthcare:

Empathy, communication, team player, strong work ethic, positivity, and flexibility are all needed in the healthcare industry. While on clinical you will need to shine in these skills.

Career tips: Elevator Pitch

What is Your Story is a clip from  Coursera course titled,  Career 911: Your Future in Medicine and Healthcare.  This clip talks about creating your Elevator Pitch.   An Elevator Pitch it a short story that touches upon who you are as a  professional.

As a student, you will be meeting new people throughout the two years of your program.  During your clinical, you could be meeting future colleagues and future employers.  Review the video on developing your elevator pitch.  This will help you develop brief introduction on you and your professional journey.


The programs the Medical Education Campus offers are Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS).  According to the NOVA College Catalog, “Transfer is NOT the primary purpose of an AAS, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career – oriented programs to selected senior institutions.”
So, although transfer is not the main focus of MEC programs, there are opportunities for MEC students to transfer after obtaining their AAS degree.
It is important to be aware of these opportunities so you, as an MEC student, can make the best choices about your education. Here are some examples:
  • AAS RN to BSN
  • Allied Health degrees to BS Health Science
  • AAS Dental hygiene to  BS Dental Hygiene
Speak with your faculty advisor, visit the NOVA transfer site, or contact your school of interest to research potential transfer options in your career area.  Also, stop by transfer tables and speak with school representatives when they visit MEC.  This will help you make good course choices now, to make transfer attainable in the future.