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Healthcare educators and students adapt to COVID-19

Devin Martin
Updated: April 21, 2020 06:26 PM
Created: April 21, 2020 06:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Landing a job in the med city is a dream for many graduates who've spent the last few years focused on healthcare. 
But with elective surgeries on hold, pay stubs cut in half, and furloughs on the horizon, for some the job market can be rocky. However, it's not hopeless. 
"We're actually finding that in healthcare right now there are a number of jobs available for our graduates," Jennifer Eccles, the Dean of Health Sciences at Minnesota State Southeast said.

"I think we're going to run into issues of students that are getting into areas deemed that are non-essential. For instance, massage therapy is not happening right now people don't want to get so close right now or are able to, and those students may have a little bit more trouble finding positions."

 According to Eccles, 85 to 90 percent of college seniors at Minnesota State College Southeast not only graduate on time, but they usually have a job lined up before walking across the graduation stage.

 "Some students are often fast-tracked into positions already and some of them are getting their education done through the positions that they're in," she said. 

 One recent college graduate, Cole Nevel just moved to Rochester and is starting at Mayo Clinic in June. 

 "I think every student fresh out of college wants to feel comfortable and get on their feet," he said. "Just always keep your head up and at the end of the day we're all going to get through this."

 Keeping a positive attitude is something Dean Eccles says is important when applying for new jobs. Especially right now, and that Minnesota State is prepared in every way to help students on their search. 

 "Our student services area is excellent we have a lot of career postings that are out already. We have places that have asked our students to come and work with them while they get ready to graduate," she said. 

If you're a college senior looking to apply for jobs, visit your student services page to find a job board. 

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