Building a successful career as a doctor of chiropractic is now easier for students at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) thanks to a new program called “Career Connections.”
Launched this summer, it allows students nearing the end of their Doctor of Chiropractic degree program to meet, on campus, with practicing chiropractors to explore career development opportunities. The program is open to students in trimesters seven through 10.
Some practitioners who participate may be seeking students for a preceptorship, or looking for someone interested in an associateship after graduation. Others might be searching for a potential buyer for their practice, so the impact of the program can be felt in numerous ways.
The program was coordinated by Jalonna Bowie, director of campus and alumni relations. She believes it is an ideal way to help students as they near graduation, but also a service to those already in the profession.
“We felt there was a void that could be filled for our students and for the doctors in the field,” Bowie said. “After doing some research and seeing similar programs initiated elsewhere, we felt this would greatly benefit both groups, so we took the necessary steps to make it happen. Although it’s still fairly new, the feedback we have received has been positive.”
Prior to Career Connections, the only option to promote a job opportunity was the CUKC classifieds. While classifieds are still a good informational source, Career Connections offers a more personal touch.
The tremendous benefit of this program, Bowie said, is that it allows a doctor to have direct interaction with students about the possibilities available at their practice. This in-person contact allows the practitioner to establish a “connection” with a student who might be an ideal fit for their particular practice environment. Ultimately, it is a great way to reach the right audience more quickly.
Doctors who wish to participate can learn more about the Career Connections program on the Career Resources page of the CUKC website. There, a link allows the user to choose a convenient time to meet with students. After registering, they are then added to the list of upcoming campus visitors displayed on the website.
Students can review the list of scheduled doctors and choose which meeting they wish to attend, or they may attend multiple events. The list shows what each doctor is seeking, so the student is able to plan their attendance based on their own needs, as well as that of the doctor. There are no restrictions or obligations for the students who choose to participate. The only requirement is that they dress in business attire, and take copies of their resume to each event they attend.
“Even after many hours spent in the classroom and in practicum, success can still be elusive for some students,” Bowie said. “We hope that a program like this and the connections it can yield, can make all the difference for those preparing to start their career.”