Playing the waiting game

After three years of study it is great to begin your first job… or it would be.

After three years of study it is great to begin your first job… or it would be.

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After three years of writing essays, attending lectures, taking exams, going on placements and being a student I have qualified.

Or have I? Our cohort was told the exam board would ratify our results in our last week of placement, so we would have them as soon as we finished.

This would have meant that we could have taken our results to the human resources departments of our employers and been able to start our jobs straight away.

Then we were told that the exam board would meet one week after we finished. I enquired by email whether I could collect the results in person rather than wait for them to be posted, but I received no reply. Then it was announced that the results would be sent the following week.

This change has left many of us feeling anxious about how we will pay our bills after several weeks of no bursary and no wages.


We were told if we don’t hear otherwise, we have passed. So no news is good news, but it is frustrating to be stuck in limbo as neither a nurse nor a student. 

Having never attended other universities I don’t know if this is typical practice, but surely it could be better organised. 

We were encouraged to gain job offers long before we finish our degree and our last pieces of work were handed in over a month ago. We were excited and eager to start work, but are stuck at home feeling deflated that the course has ended with so little ceremony.

After working so hard for three years it is disconcerting to have nothing to mark the finish line.

About the author

Emma Cowen has just started work as a children’s staff nurse at a children’s emergency department in the South East of England

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