Why Did I Choose This Career?

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Q: How and why did you choose this career?
A: I was a ballet dancer and had been accepted into the Royal Ballet of Canada when I had a foot injury that required surgery and follow up physical therapy. That was my first introduction to the field. I think the possibility of PT as a career just simmered in my subconscious because I actually started university studying math and French. I ended up getting a degree in psychology and then entered physical therapy school.

Q: What are the most important skills and abilities required for your job?
A: The critical skill in a physical therapist is the passion to do what they do and to make a real difference in the lives of the patients they serve. Besides that they must be very strong in the sciences, a creative and critical thinker, have great interpersonal and problem solving skills, and be able to multitask.

Q: What is a typical day in your work like?
A: I am currently in healthcare administration so my day revolves around establishing a working environment to provide high quality patient-centered care.

Q: What do you wish you knew (but didn 't) when you first contemplated this career?
A: I wish I had a better understanding of all the different venues of care options available and the different therapeutic goals specific to the setting. I think it is important to find out what aspect of PT you are most passionate about and what setting best fits your personality/your life.

Q: What parts of your job do you find most challenging?

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