New Practitioners Get Real About Their First Occupational Therapy Job

New Practitioners Get Real About Their First Occupational Therapy Job


some days I feel like I know what I’m
doing and other days I feel like I’m always asking for help. I realized when I finally got into practice that I wasn’t quite as prepared as I thought I was and I’m not going lie it’s hard it’s hard to transition from the life of a student to
a professional. when I started my first OT job I used to go to work with the pit of fear in my stomach you know it was the fear that I didn’t know what I was
doing that I wasn’t going be able to meet my client’s needs and there’s just a
sense of dread which was terrible because I loved OT and I loved my job
[Music] It took a lot of courage to reach out and
ask for help and support when I needed it but I am so glad that I did because
it was amazing to see all the people that were willing to help But what I figured it out is that my clients didn’t expect me to have all the answers all
they expected me was to be invested in their goals so I decided to take it one
client at a time. Surround yourself with a team of support. [Music] and while you should never be scared to
ask a question it is also important to remember that you know a lot more than
you think you know you. Be confident in yourself know what you’re worth and ask for it. Try some different things don’t box
yourself in to one type of setting and maybe broaden your skill set to find
what you really want to do and understand that you know what sometimes
it’s out of desperation that you’ll find what you’re really interested in. If you’re struggling to find the meaning in the work you’re doing everyday or if
you’re just not sure that a setting is a great fit for you, if you don’t like it
leave it. There’s so many opportunities out there for new grads and you can find
something after a while that’s going be a better fit for you. The word “no” kind of leaves
your vocabulary I could not say no and so my number one challenge was
work-life balance. Trust your schooling. Trust your past experiences and have
them guide your occupational therapy sessions and remember that every day you go into work you have the ability to impact and improve people’s lives and
that is what makes your job so rewarding and that is not something that everybody
gets to say [Music] You know one day I realized I was driving to work and I realized that
pit of fear wasn’t there anymore and so you know as they say there’s only one
way to eat an elephant one bite at a time just focus on one client at a time
seek out mentors of the practitioners around you who are the types of practitioners you want to be. I show up to work every day and I’m excited to be there and mental health I would never have guessed to be the setting that I
wanted to be in and now that I gave it a shot I think that’s where I want to be
for a long time remember what made you enter the
profession as your driving force for moving forward. I wish you all of the
best on your journey and know that you are going to make a huge difference in
the lives of your clients [Music] [Music]

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