A Career In Occupational Therapy

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I am incredibly glad that I learned about occupational therapy. While I've always had an interest in the medical field and social services, I did not know what occupational therapy was until several years ago. My first time around in college, I thought I would end up working overseas in relief and development or with marginalized populations in the U.S. When I graduated, I began to explore health care careers. As I researched physical therapy, I happened to read about occupational therapy. I was intrigued. After more research and consideration, I decided to pursue this career path. Since then I have been taking prerequisites, doing observation hours, and dedicating myself to becoming an occupational therapist.

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I definitely appreciate that occupational therapy takes a holistic approach to working with clients by addressing physical, emotional, and social needs. That resonates with me and is something important that I found lacking in a number of other career fields I explored. Some of my former job or volunteer positions were not particularly compatible with my skills, interests, and personality; they were places I could not imagine myself thriving in the long term. In my time observing with occupational therapists, I've been pleased to find that I could imagine myself contributing meaningfully and successfully in those places. The therapists I've spent time with like their jobs and are happy to encourage more people to join the profession. That is an excellent …show more content…

I have a strong academic background with studies in a variety of subjects, such as sciences, the arts, and my B.A. in Intercultural Studies. Over the years I have worked and volunteered with preschoolers, youth groups, the elderly, people of different ethnic backgrounds, and people with disabilities. I've worked hard to get here and with OT, it seems that my skills, experiences, and interests are coming together in a unique way. Going to school and getting the formal education needed to become a licensed therapist is the next step in achieving my goals. I am ready for the challenges of classroom and clinical training, and excited about going in depth with this study. I am eager to work on specialized skills that will help me better understand and assist people. I am looking forward to being part of a recognized profession with specific standards and practices. In the future, I hope to collaborate with clients, other specialists, family and community members, and to promote the profession. I'm enthusiastic about OT not just because I think it's a great career and a good fit for me, but also because it addresses major needs in our society. Everyone deserves the chance to participate in their desired activities and live their desired lifestyles. There is a growing demand for occupational therapy services, and I aspire to help in meeting that

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