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kelly@*****.*** in Rocklin, California

76 months ago

I have an interview with the Kaiser School for their Rad-Tech program next week. I have been trying to get as much online information to be prepared. I have tried contacting tech's who have gone through the program and are working as techs to give me insight so I know what I am getting myself into. Anyone able to help me? I know I have to write an essay saying what I did to prepare. I have done all but interview tech's themselves. Thank you in advance for your time and help!

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DRONES in Omaha, Nebraska

76 months ago

Ask them if there are any jobs in your area.
Ask them how many applicants per job posting.
Ask them why they continue to accept students knowing that the job market is so bad.

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caligirl in Richmond, California

64 months ago

kelly@jalone.com in Rocklin, California said: I have an interview with the Kaiser School for their Rad-Tech program next week. I have been trying to get as much online information to be prepared. I have tried contacting tech's who have gone through the program and are working as techs to give me insight so I know what I am getting myself into. Anyone able to help me? I know I have to write an essay saying what I did to prepare. I have done all but interview tech's themselves. Thank you in advance for your time and help!

hey kelly,

so did you get in the program?

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jennpombo in Sacramento, California

52 months ago

kelly@jalone.com in Rocklin, California said: I have an interview with the Kaiser School for their Rad-Tech program next week. I have been trying to get as much online information to be prepared. I have tried contacting tech's who have gone through the program and are working as techs to give me insight so I know what I am getting myself into. Anyone able to help me? I know I have to write an essay saying what I did to prepare. I have done all but interview tech's themselves. Thank you in advance for your time and help!

I have the interview with them in a few weeks! Is there any information you can give me about the interview/essay? And if you got into the program....what it's like? I live in Roseville, I see that you're from Rocklin. I would love any info you could give me!! Thank you

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SaveMeFromRadiology in Overland Park, Kansas

52 months ago

Jen, you really, really, really...need to look very seriously at this. There are literally, hundreds of posts on here and AuntMinnie.com (another radiology board) regarding the dismal job market for RT's. You need to be thinking steady, reliable, long term employment. It's not like it used to be; almost certain guaranteed employment. Also, the quality of your work life (balance) you should consider as well. Are you prepared to work any and all hours, weekends, Holiday's, call and so forth. It's not a glamorous profession, it never was, but there was a time when a certain modicum of respect came with your credentials. It's not like that anymore. Managers have the upper hand in this game, the number of applicants far exceeds the job's available and, there is nothing on the horizon that is going to change this dynamic. I'm not writing this to discourage you, only to give you some insight from someone who has been in the field for 30 years. You owe it to yourself to explore all the Allied Health professions and do your due diligence. If you have the talent, aim higher, look at Speech Pathology for example. You need to be thinking of your work life 10 to 15 years down the road and the last thing you want to do is get into a profession that is sliding backwards. It's your choice of course, and should you choose to go forward, I wish you the best in your career.

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SaveMeFromRadiology in Overland Park, Kansas

52 months ago

SaveMeFromRadiology in Overland Park, Kansas said: Kelly, you really, really, really...need to look very seriously at this. There are literally, hundreds of posts on here and AuntMinnie.com (another radiology board) regarding the dismal job market for RT's. You need to be thinking steady, reliable, long term employment. It's not like it used to be; almost certain guaranteed employment. Also, the quality of your work life (balance) you should consider as well. Are you prepared to work any and all hours, weekends, Holiday's, call and so forth. It's not a glamorous profession, it never was, but there was a time when a certain modicum of respect came with your credentials. It's not like that anymore. Managers have the upper hand in this game, the number of applicants far exceeds the job's available and, there is nothing on the horizon that is going to change this dynamic. I'm not writing this to discourage you, only to give you some insight from someone who has been in the field for 30 years. You owe it to yourself to explore all the Allied Health professions and do your due diligence. If you have the talent, aim higher, look at Speech Pathology for example. You need to be thinking of your work life 10 to 15 years down the road and the last thing you want to do is get into a profession that is sliding backwards. It's your choice of course, and should you choose to go forward, I wish you the best in your career.

Correction, should be kelly not jen. Mea culpa !

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DRONES in Omaha, Nebraska

52 months ago

I agree with SaveMeFromRadiology. Going to x--ray school now is a big mistake. Read these message boards; talk to actual Techs. You are putting a considerable amount of effort getting into this field and you will be very disappointed that you didn't head our advice. The unemployment lines and retail sales are filled with those who can't find work in Radiology. I worked with this guy who had recently graduated and ended with working as a patient escort, full time, to make ends meet. When a position opened up he found out it was only PRN and he would have to give up his patient escort job to take the PRN position. This guy had a family and couldn't afford to give up a full time position for PRN. He was hoping to get my position when I left, but that didn't happen either because they decided to absorb my position with the current staff. The last time I worked with him he said he wished he'd known it was going to be this bad. He got all of his information from his school. On a side note the school he went to pushed hard on his behalf to get him the position of patient escort because they can say that he is working in Radiology and count him towards their inflated stats. How sneaky is that!

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jennpombo in Sacramento, California

52 months ago

Thanks everyone for your feedback and advice, every little bit helps. I am trying to get into both nursing and radiology programs, and have been for years now. It's a hard market right now, but so is every other career choice for the most part with the economy. No matter what people are going to school for, they are having hard times finding jobs. I also have my nutrition degree, and have had a really hard time finding a job, and the ones I have found don't hardly pay anything....so it's a tough market out there for everyone. No offense to the ones who have been in the field for 20-30 years...but nothing is the same as it used to be. No jobs are as easy to get as they once were...things are much more complicated and competitive these days. I have several close friends in the radiology field (who just started in the last few years) and they all have gotten great jobs....it definitely took a little time and a lot of effort but they did it and those jobs are out there. It's definitely good for everyone to know how hard the job market is right now, even in the medical field, but I encourage anyone who knows this but has a passion for it to continue pursuing this career and not to let other influences stop you. Best of luck to everyone!

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kelly@*****.*** in Rocklin, California

52 months ago

I appreciate the replies and concern from my post a while back. I see the concern with the job market in today's economy. However, I see you are coming from a different demographic and perspective in the Midwest. Out here in California techs are getting hired left and right. The graduates of the class before me that recently graduated in September are all gainfully employed as RT's. I am hopeful that it will continue to be the same for my class as well, which graduates in September.
Jen, I hope your interview goes well. Best advice, be yourself, have a sense of humor and be relaxed. Show them you have a passion.

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jennpombo in Sacramento, California

52 months ago

Kelly thank you for your reply. Exciting to hear that you're in the program! How are you liking it? I'm anxious to know as much as possible about it before. And do you remember what your essay was during the interview? I'm sure you will have no problem getting a job! Good luck finishing the program.

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DRONES in Omaha, Nebraska

51 months ago

kelly,
You are still in x-ray school? Where did you get that information from? How many where in that class? How many of those are:
1. ...continuing on to learn a modality and are thus back in school?
2. ...working full time?
3. ..working part time?
4. ...working PRN?
5. How long did it take them to find those positions?

If what you are saying is true could you provide the names of those hospitals that are currently hiring left and right because I know a lot of techs who are desperate for work and are willing travel anywhere.

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kelly@*****.*** in San Jose, California

43 months ago

HI Kelly,

If you don't' mind I would love to pick your brain a little with regards to your path of entrance to the Kaiser Radiography program.
I applied back in Oct. and I'm currently awaiting on a interview call anytime as interviews start FEB.18 for the evening program. I wanted to see what your background/education was to get acceptance into this program? I currently have a BS from OSU in Social Science and also have an AA. However I took an extensive pre req program for pre med such as all the Bios, physics, Chems among others and did very well in all. However, I do not have any medical experience and no volunteer work as they were all filled up and no openings. This will be my first time applying, and I know how difficult it can be to get in the first time. The only thing missing is volunteer work, however my job experience in other fields is extensive in the tech. industry. My wife is a RN and knows the process and also feels this is a prefect fit for me.
If you could give me some tips that you did, I would greatly appreciate that.
Tips on interview process, anything you did would be very helpful!
You can email me if you prefer that,
michaelsleone17@yahoo.com

TY,
Mike

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billbacurat in Richmond, Virginia

42 months ago

Lol, we'll see how this all works out 18 months from now. Don't say you weren't warned...

p.s. I moved from Southern California after living there 18 years, and have no clue what she is talking about "jobs left and right"

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ckmailtoday in Reseda, California

30 months ago

kelly@jalone.com in Rocklin, California said: I have an interview with the Kaiser School for their Rad-Tech program next week. I have been trying to get as much online information to be prepared. I have tried contacting tech's who have gone through the program and are working as techs to give me insight so I know what I am getting myself into. Anyone able to help me? I know I have to write an essay saying what I did to prepare. I have done all but interview tech's themselves. Thank you in advance for your time and help!

Hi,
Now that you have interviewed, will you please tell me what kind of questions they asked in the interview? I have an interview on Monday for a Radiology Program.

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TCCC in Los Angeles, California

29 months ago

i just finished Rad Tech school in Southern California and I was applying for jobs for a good three months, everyday, and over 150 applications sent. I am working at Kaiser WH now but that is only because my friend does scheduling for imaging. My fellow classmates who have jobs either work for a clinical site they were stationed or they knew someone. I was only contacted by a couple staffing agencies during that time. The manager who interviewed me told me straight up, "Everyone who sends me a resume or a application are going to have the same certs, education, and license. I need something else to separate applicants, and in your case you know your friend who I respect." You can get a job, but you HAVE to network or do well in clinical as a new grad. If not, good luck....

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Katherine in Morgan Hill, California

5 months ago

Hi Mike,

I know your posting on this site is a little dated but I have a few questions for you. I hope all is well with your career and you achieved your goals.. I am having my interview with the Kaiser Rad Tech program in 3 weeks. What were you asked to write the essay about? What questions were asked in the admissions interview?

Thank you in advance,

-Katherine

kelly@*****.*** in San Jose, California said: HI Kelly,

If you don't' mind I would love to pick your brain a little with regards to your path of entrance to the Kaiser Radiography program.
I applied back in Oct. and I'm currently awaiting on a interview call anytime as interviews start FEB.18 for the evening program. I wanted to see what your background/ education was to get acceptance into this program? I currently have a BS from OSU in Social Science and also have an AA. However I took an extensive pre req program for pre med such as all the Bios, physics, Chems among others and did very well in all. However, I do not have any medical experience and no volunteer work as they were all filled up and no openings. This will be my first time applying, and I know how difficult it can be to get in the first time. The only thing missing is volunteer work, however my job experience in other fields is extensive in the tech. industry. My wife is a RN and knows the process and also feels this is a prefect fit for me.
If you could give me some tips that you did, I would greatly appreciate that.
Tips on interview process, anything you did would be very helpful!
You can email me if you prefer that,
michaelsleone17@yahoo.com

TY,
Mike

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Honky in Foresthill, California

5 months ago

I got in but had to turn it down due to the cost. One thing I noted and was told, don't act like you're entitled. They particularly are not fond of people who already have some sort of job with Kaiser if they have even a little bit of attitude towards the field and their experience. Focus on other good qualities. I was volunteering for almost 2 years in a radtech department and already had my BA but there are a lot of diverse people that get picked.

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TCCC in San Diego, California

4 months ago

Update***

I now work full time for UCLA and I can tell you that to get into the "big hospitals" you need to be either need to do well as student or work for them as registry first. I was working at Kaiser before and it worked exactly the same way. They pick and choose who they want, the job listings that come out externally are usually reserved for someone they want to hire already. It doesn't matter if the person applying has 20 years experience, they pretty much hand choose who they want.

It's a perfect system for them really, they try you out and see how you work (or fit in), if they don't like you it's just takes one quick call to be gone, no paperwork, HR / union involvement.

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Sucravar in Walnut Creek, California

1 month ago

Honky in Foresthill, California said: I got in but had to turn it down due to the cost. One thing I noted and was told, don't act like you're entitled. They particularly are not fond of people who already have some sort of job with Kaiser if they have even a little bit of attitude towards the field and their experience. Focus on other good qualities. I was volunteering for almost 2 years in a radtech department and already had my BA but there are a lot of diverse people that get picked.

To: "Honkey in Foresthill"
Can you provide some of the questions that came up in the interview? I am applying to the school and panel interviews can be grueling - any specifics would be greatly appreciated!
(I can provide my email acct if you prefer)

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