Hi everyone! It’s an honour to be writing this post for Anne, since this blog played a big role in my decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant (PA). She asked me to share my story about finding a job as a new PA graduate since so many of you have questions about how the process works, and what the job market is like after graduation. To be honest, I think these questions were some of the first things my classmates and I were asking during our orientation week… and were things we continued wondering about even while looking for work.
I’m going to tell you my story as honestly as I can, with some helpful tips that I wish I’d taken more seriously (retrospection is 20/20, isn’t it?). This is not meant to scare you away from becoming a PA in Ontario (sorry Manitoba graduates – but I’m sure you’ll find some common ground), but rather to encourage you to pursue any and all opportunities as they appear, and to – more importantly – create opportunities for yourself and others.
One of the most common ways for a new PA graduate in Ontario to secure a job is through the Health Force Ontario (HFO) Career Start Grant (Grant/Program). I’ll share some other strategies in a second post, but will focus on the Grant in this one, since this part of the story really deserves its own post.
** Disclaimer ** This is not meant to be a guide for applying to the Career Start Grant. Please see the HFO website for details about PAs and funding options, and/or the 2016 Career Start Grant FAQ section for the most recent details regarding the application process and deadlines.