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  1. I have many reasons for approaching applying to jobs the way I did, NOT because getting a job wasn't a priority: 1.) I wanted to be sure to devote myself full time to studying for the boards rather than spreading myself thin and applying for jobs while still in clinical rotations and studying for the boards. 2.) I didn't want the pressure of having a job before I passed the boards. Studying for the boards and finishing clinicals was stressful enough. If I had a job that was dependent upon my exam results, it would have been even more stressful. While I can handle extremely stressful situations, I see no reason to make a situation more stressful than it needs to be. Sure, if I'd stressed myself extra by applying while still in school, I'd have had a job by now. 3.) I burned absolutely no bridges. All my training was in Boston and the Boston area. Many preceptors were and are willing to write me letters of recommendation and I've kept in touch with them. HOWEVER, I moved back to my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio for many reasons, one of them being I would LOVE to return to the Cleveland Clinic (where I worked for 5 years prior to moving to Boston ONLY for grad school). 4.) The only reason I got married and went on a honeymoon BEFORE starting my job search was because the licensure process here takes TEN TO TWELVE WEEKS! And you can't exactly start work until you're licensed to practice! Since I was not licensed, I figured I would just wait until after I got back from the honeymoon to apply and that way everyone wins. The employer doesn't have to wait around while I get licensed and I can go ahead and get married and go on a honeymoon without having to take time off work! And "that gap" is mainly from waiting for my licensure to come through (I did not get my license until 12/15/14), during which time I was ACTIVELY applying for jobs (and have been since mid-late November). 5.) The only reason I was bothered by it not being instantaneous was for reasons I've already mentioned. I am anxious about losing clinical skills, but have since figured out how to remedy this (volunteering as a PA in a free clinic and at health fairs). 6.) I am 34 years old and have had plenty of real world experience, which includes jobs searches and professional experience. I know it doesn't happen over night. I simply needed to vent as I was feeling frustrated. Even more so, I was looking for advice from people with experience, not for judgment. I am sorry if this comes across as harsh, but I definitely felt that you judged me. I get that 2-3 weeks is no time at all, but at the end I stated that I was venting and looking for advice. Aside from that, nothing about me and my life is obvious from my original post. I hope you can understand where I'm coming from.
  2. Thank you! I have no words for how much I appreciate your advice. I will be in touch.
  3. Thank you all for your advice. I interviewed with the Cleveland Clinic on 12/30 and am waiting to hear back from them whether or not they want me for a second interview. The waiting is hard, though I am usually a patient person. I am anxious about losing clinical skills, though I am remedying this by volunteering (Free Clinic, Medworks). I have been applying to at least 3 jobs daily, networking, and following up. I appreciate your advice.
  4. I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in August and moved back to Cleveland, Ohio. I passed my PANCE at the end of September.Got married at the end of October and went on a honeymoon until mid-late Nov. I got my license on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. I started my job search about 2-3 weeks ago and am feeling frustrated with this whole process. I have 3 active applications in at the Cleveland Clinic and several other applications active with other practices. There seem to be no jobs with University Hospitals that are willing to hire new grads (all the job descriptions say "Requirements: 1-3 years experience as a Physician Assistant". I have posted my resume on various sites and spend my entire afternoon searching sites like Indeed.com, DocCafe, etc. Slim pickings. Ideally I would love to work in family medicine, internal medicine. I am not holding out for the "perfect" job and I am willing to try most areas of medicine (with the exception of ortho…). I am going to start reaching out to people I know and networking, but any other ideas? I realize I may just have to be patient and wait to hear back from the Cleveland Clinic, but this unemployment period is doing nothing for my skills. And any job leads would be nice. I am willing to commute an hour or so for a job, so jobs in Akron, Canton can be included. Thanks for reading this. Just needed to vent/get some advice. Sorry for the novel.
  5. Hello Class of 2015! Congrats on your acceptance to Northeastern. I am looking forward to meeting you in August. I am going to be a second year next year and am currently looking to move into an apartment in Jamaica Plain or Roslindale or somewhere near the red or orange T (train) lines. I have one roommate lined up and we are currently looking at 3 bedroom apartments (cheaper). So why am I telling you this? Well, I thought someone might be moving to Boston from out of state or just looking to move. If you might be interested, then respond to this thread or send me a private message here on the forum and I'll give you my e-mail address.
  6. Hello Class of 2015! Congrats on your acceptance to Northeastern. I am looking forward to meeting you in August. I am going to be a second year next year and am currently looking to move into an apartment in Jamaica Plain or Roslindale or somewhere near the red or orange T (train) lines. I have one roommate lined up and we are currently looking at 3 bedroom apartments (cheaper). So why am I telling you this? Well, I thought someone might be moving to Boston from out of state or just looking to move. If you might be interested, then respond to this thread or send me a private message here on the forum and I'll give you my e-mail address.
  7. Sorry tnc123... I'm not sure if you interviewed already or not, but I was in your shoes last year (and currently in the throes of first semester PA school)! It is a long process, 2 days, and exhausting, but it is relaxed. Just don't show up late to pharmacology and well, you know, do anything else that's not "professional". Northeastern really just wants to see who the real you is! The best of luck to everyone!
  8. Just want to wish all of you who interview tomorrow and throughout the next months very good luck! I'm in the midst of my first semester and it's a great program! I will be there in pharmacology to greet you all!
  9. WHOA! Time is flying! I am getting SUPER excited! Can't wait to meet everyone... and start classes! I guess I'm a little nervous, too. Who is w/ me on these emotions? Also, if anyone knows anyone looking for a room mate starting this August, let me know! As I am moving to Boston from Cleveland, I could use a few pointers as to where to look (which neighborhoods are affordable and safe?) and how else I might find a room mate. Thank you!
  10. WHOA! Time is flying! I am getting SUPER excited! Can't wait to meet everyone... and start classes! I guess I'm a little nervous, too. Who is w/ me on these emotions? Also, if anyone knows anyone looking for a room mate starting this August, let me know! As I am moving to Boston from Cleveland, I could use a few pointers as to where to look (which neighborhoods are affordable and safe?) and how else I might find a room mate. Thank you!
  11. I'm not sure if those of you who recently posted re hearing nothing saw the post in the other thread that if you have not heard anything then you are not accepted... Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! I was also not accepted and it is a bit disappointing, but hopefully you'll all get in somewhere this time around and soon be on your way to achieving your PA goal!
  12. I'm not sure if those of you who recently posted re hearing nothing saw the post in the other thread that if you have not heard anything then you are not accepted... Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! I was also not accepted and it is a bit disappointing, but hopefully you'll all get in somewhere this time around and soon be on your way to achieving your PA goal!
  13. Thank you for clarifying, Caroline! I wish you the best and hope that you are soon on your way to achieving your dream as a PA.
  14. Thank you for clarifying, Caroline! I wish you the best and hope that you are soon on your way to achieving your dream as a PA.
  15. Just wondering what the time frame is in which we either get or do not get "The Phone Call"...? I interviewed on 24 Feb. and remember they said they would be meeting on 12 March. I'm assuming that they don't meet AND call the accepted applicants the same day, but then, who knows? If they meet one day and call the next, or by the end of the week, then I guess I can hold out a little hope... Does anyone know by when I should expect to hear? Either way it goes, I'm headed to PA school in August, but... choices are always nice. Thanks.
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