Struggling to Get Graduate Dentistry Work


Any Dentists on the forums who can suggest to me about how to go ahead getting a graduate Dentistry role in Perth area?

I am currently looking for 1-2 days of work as a Dentist.

I have tried looking in the ADA Website and Seek and found a handful (barely ~ 10-15) of roles advertised. Even then all of them are asking for a minimum of 2 years of experience.

I am probably not looking in the right area, but just a bit surprised that there are literally no jobs in Perth….



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    I’m not a dentist but have you tried cold calling? You should even walk in and have a word with them. Don’t just wait for a position to fall into your lap go out and get it


      I might have to end up doing this.

      I thought getting a role as a dentist might be easier than getting my Graduate IT role (which involved competing against thousands of applicants). But doesn’t seem to be the case….

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        I thought getting a role as a dentist might be easier than getting my Graduate IT role

        Can we back up for a second here…?

        You’ve gotten a graduate IT role but want to move to dentistry ? Are you moving to dentistry full time eventually?

        You’re going to have to start winding down your grad role and start working more than 1-2 days as a dentist


          At this stage, I would like to work 1-2 days a week as a Dentist to maintain my clinical skills and registration. Not sure why I would need to wind my IT grad role down.

          Heaps of Dentists work 1-2 days a week in multiple practices. The circumstance are also no different to someone pursuing OMFS.


    Bikies need dental work too, maybe see if you can get on their charter, sometimes they get you to do some "surprise" dental work as well.


    Even then all of them are asking for a minimum of 2 years of experience.

    If you don't ask, the answer will always be no.

    It does not hurt to apply for jobs that request X years of experience, even if you do not have it at the moment. Touch on skills and knowledge developed during your placements and how that matches with the job description.

    Check if the department of health (WA) offers graduate dentistry positions.


      I did. They seem to have none.

      The issue is that I can only work 1-2 days a week (I will be working another job for the remainder of the week). Not many roles for part time work.



        I'd imagine if a Dental Practice were seeking someone to work only 1-2 days a week they would probably phone around existing Dentists with experience to see who is available.

        Often, that will be someone who is Retiring or has sold their Practice.

        If your availability with your other job is fixed, that is going to have a major impact on your availability and attractiveness as a potential employee.

        Maybe look at agencies like indicating to them what days you are free.


    Join the army

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    Most of the dentistry are family owned. This is probably hard for you to find one.


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    What is this other job that you will be working at?

    As an employee, I am sure that I would like a graduate to work full time and gain experience as soon and as much as possible.


    Possibly, the problem might be, that much of training/learning is on the job, after degree.
    The fact that you are only willing to work 2 days per week (and that this is not even your main job commitment) makes you highly unemployable . You probably need to do a couple of years of it full time, staying with same company same supervisors etc, to really get the hang of what you are doing in the actual role.
    Once you have proved you can do the job, and do it well, and without need for on job training and/or supervision, then, and only then, could you be a good employment prospect for couple of days a week, or 1 day a week, somewhere.
    I'm thinking as a manager/employer, I'm not going to want to hire someone with no experience, no commitment (having another job as main priority) , and with it making the on the job training/learning curve so much more difficult and delayed. Ie. What the average person gets 'on the job' full time for 1 year, is going to take at least 3 years for someone working just 2 days a week, with their mind and commitments elsewhere.

    You could try something to get straight to the source ask each and every employer who doesn't give you a job, what you needed or what you are lacking . You need to ask nicely and respectfully, and not all will respond. The ones that do respond, give you some pertinent insight to assist you with furthering your employability for the next position you apply for .

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