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The Michigan College of Optometry New Graduate Job Search

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dc.contributor.author Buchholz, Katie
dc.contributor.author Dembinska, Monika
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-05T19:19:52Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-05T19:19:52Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2323/3805
dc.description This paper is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Optometry. 42 pages en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: This research project investigated the process involved in finding employment in the optometric profession after graduation. The survey compiled, compared and analyzed a variety of methods utilized, including newer online social networking, and how worthwhile each method was. Methods: An online survey sent to ten years of MCO graduates took a broad look at their first job search experiences. Graduate demographics, methods used to find their first position and their effectiveness, whether the graduate was open to practicing anywhere or self-limited to a specific location, and satisfaction ratings were analyzed. Results: From the responses received, the most utilized methods were networking connections, the AOA website, and other internet websites. The highest rated methods based on relative effectiveness were networking connections, connections through friends, and other internet websites; on the other hand, the Linkedln© and Facebook© websites were the lowest rated methods. Conclusions: Despite the individuality of each search, social networking is not currently an effective way to acquire optometric positions, but professional networking is a more effective method. The free text responses collected contain plenty of advice and experiences with a wealth of wisdom to reflect on that can benefit future optometry students. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries UA 29;
dc.subject Kamen, Roger, Faculty advisor. en_US
dc.title The Michigan College of Optometry New Graduate Job Search en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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