It is recommended
that applicants to our nursing programmes gain some relevant experience within
a care setting before applying. If this is not possible, then employment or
voluntary experience in a different setting will provide you with transferable
skills that will enhance your application.
programmes at Plymouth offer clinical placements alongside skills development
activities in our clinical skills simulation ward. Some students choose to
supplement their clinical skills with part-time work in the healthcare sector
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers a wide range of volunteering
In addition to
enhancing your nursing skillset, a varied set of work experiences can open up
new opportunities and bring you into contact with people who may be able to
assist you at the beginning of your career.
Clubs and societies
Engaging in a sport or society shows employers you are
engaged and seek out opportunities, it also helps you improve your teamwork,
communication and negotiation skills. Committee members can develop leadership,
diplomacy and organisational skills and will gain experience of meetings,
handling funds, and society promotion.
You may choose to join a society that is
specifically linked to your studies or take the opportunity to explore the huge
range of clubs, societies and sports, all of which can
help you to broaden your horizons and explore new
Tutor and academic support
Your tutor and other academic staff are an excellent
source of support for your career development. They will have experience and
contacts across industry and academia, so do approach them for advice and
insights into careers you are considering. Your tutor will ultimately be
writing references for your employment or further study applications, therefore
establishing a positive relationship with this person is invaluable.