Tips For New Radiography Graduates

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Published: 25 Jul 2017      

Qualifying as a radiographer is only the first step on your career path. It’s what you do after earning your degree that will define your working life.

That means the immediate aftermath of graduation is an important time. You need to make the right moves to secure a good first job that offers the potential for upward movement later on down the line.

Here are a few tips that will help you along with the process.

Keep Practicing For Interviews

Your university may have offered you a basic overview of what the radiographer interview process will look like. Even so, this doesn’t guarantee that you will succeed. Practice always makes perfect when it comes to job interviews, so you need to be fully prepared when you go to speak to a potential employer.

Keep in mind that interviewers can throw a few difficult questions in the mix. You may be asked about things you learned during lectures or during your clinical studies, so make sure you have suitable answers prepared. Beyond that, you need to provide convincing answers for why you chose a career in radiography and what motivated you to apply for the hospital in question. Most interviewers will also want to gauge how you will react under pressure, so expect at least one question asking how you would prioritise between different tasks.

Present Yourself Well

Radiographers interact with patients on a daily basis so you need to present well from the off. Take care of the basics, such as grooming, but also focus on what you wear to the interview. Avoid casual clothes entirely. Instead, go for something more dignified. Remember that your patients will need to feel like they can put their trust in you. Start presenting this image at the first hurdle and you’ll find your chances of success improve.

Understand Your Department

Getting the job is a good start. However, you need to understand that hospitals tend to have differing operating procedures. You should make it your mission to learn as much about your department as possible as soon as you get assigned. In particular, learn about the department’s recommended exposure factors. After all, you don’t want to end up giving a patient an overdose during your first day on the job. Beyond that, ask people in the department about any rules that you need to stick to or preferred working practices that the department uses.

Never Stop Educating Yourself

Many experienced radiographers point to their degrees as the foundation for a constant learning experience. You should do the same. Work constantly on your Continued Professional Development (CPD) with the aim of improving your skillset. Read radiography blogs and journals in your spare time so you can stay on top of the latest developments in the sector. Those who don’t adapt with the times will find themselves starting to fall behind. Not only does this do a disservice to your patients, but it will also make you look less than proficient in the eyes of your employer. 

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