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Careers resources for student nurses

Whether you're looking to apply for your first nursing role or gain work as a healthcare assistant alongside your studies, our careers resources can help you to improve your employability and be job ready.

Job searching

How and where to start searching for jobs, networking and using social media. 

CV writing for student & newly qualified nurses

Advice for student and newly qualified nurses on writing your first nursing CV.

Job applications

What employers look for in an application and how to ensure you get shortlisted.

Preparing for your first job

Hints and tips on how to prepare for your first ever nursing job.

Transferable skills

Find out why they're important and how to use them to get your next job.


Interview skills and techniques, as well as example interview questions.

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Students: Thinking About Your Career

As a student nurse, you can use this resource for guidance on choosing and applying for your first role as a registered nurse.

Become a student information officer

Our network of student information officers (SIOs) works on the ground to support and share information with student members.

As an SIO, you’ll get regular updates, access to specialist groups and networking opportunities.  It’s a great way to become more ready for that all-important first nursing job.

Online advice for students

Information on:

  • accountability
  • practice placements 
  • assessments  
  • failures / resits / appeals
  • raising concerns, 
  • working as a HCA, and more.

Join the UK's largest union and professional body for nursing

Whether you're a nurse, midwife, HCA, AP or student, you can get a huge range of benefits when you join the RCN.

Join the RCN