A Day as a Pediatric Outpatient OT
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by Amanda
3y ago
Life as a pediatric occupational therapist is full of fun, laughs, and a bit of chaos! I currently work as a pediatric occupational therapist in a private clinic setting. Through this clinic, I also travel to provide services within Head Start preschools and private schools.    Due to the variety in my schedule, each day of my work week is a bit different. Some days I am only in the clinic, while other days I might provide services at a private school in the morning and in the clinic in the evening. For me this works well, as I love the ..read more
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Wait… I haven’t found the PERFECT job
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by Amanda
3y ago
What is your ideal occupational therapist job? The one you’ve dreamed of doing, the one you’ve studied for all these years. You may be the person that has an answer to this question, or maybe you have no idea.   For me, based on my level II fieldwork experience in a pediatric outpatient clinic, I have felt like that setting, or the pediatric hospital setting is my dream job. Although, I must say, for those of us who are new graduates, we truly have not seen THAT many occupational therapy settings. And even if we have, the time spent there was likely brief.   Either way, in your job search, you ..read more
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Top 3 Interview Tips
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by Amanda
3y ago
The 3 topics I have selected are in no way a comprehensive guide to interviewing but provide tips that may not be as commonly discussed. In my search for interview advice, many sources listed common interview questions, dressing tips, etc. While this information is very helpful and I recommend researching a lot prior to your interviews (using sources specific to healthcare), the 3 tips I have compiled were personally relevant for my interviews: (1) be personable, (2) identify case examples, and (3) bring questions.   Be personable. What qualities make a good occupational therapist? When answer ..read more
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The Job Search: A Candid Tale
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by Amanda
3y ago
So, it is your last semester of occupational therapy school. And truthfully the last thing on your mind is actual schoolwork. In this last semester, your biggest concerns are studying (and passing!) the NBCOT exam and finding a job – or at least mine have been.   After searching for those jobs at your dream location and realizing there are no open positions, you then continue to search for positions in somewhat related fields. This happened for me and many others I know. Although not all. For me, this was realizing there were no open pediatric occupational therapist positions at local hospital ..read more
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Starting a New Job — Documentation
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by Amanda
3y ago
Documentation, perhaps one of the biggest learning curves when first starting as an occupational therapist. Is it just me, or is documentation one of the most intimidating parts of the job?   Besides wanting your documents to be logical, the content to be sufficient, and the goals to be appropriate, there is the whole notion that this is a medical document. A document that is submitted to insurance. A document with your name and OT license number attached to it. That license number you worked so hard to obtain.    For me, it was the kn ..read more
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Starting a New Job — Gather Your Resources
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by Amanda
3y ago
Starting a new job is surely overwhelming, especially when it’s your first job out of school as an occupational therapist! So many procedures to understand, treatment strategies to learn, and materials to locate.     When I began my first job, my time to study information and organize materials prior to providing patient care felt limited. It felt like I jumped right into patient care, leading to much learning and organizing on the go.   It seems that this is a normal part of beginning a new job, but also made the transition harder ..read more
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Starting a New Job – You Know More than You Think
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by Amanda
3y ago
Can you remember back to your first few weeks of fieldwork? While it may seem like so long ago, the nervousness and anticipation you may have felt for fieldwork is what you are likely feeling for your new job. Expect this time, you have already learned entry-level skills to begin a new job! And even though you may feel worried or unprepared, you have learned so much in the past 5+ years of schooling and fieldwork. Which, yes, I know, that is what everyone says! But, I have learned they say that because it is true.   If you don’t believe that, think back to all of your studying for the NBCOT ex ..read more
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What is a non-compete clause?
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by Amanda
3y ago
So, you accepted your job offer – and now it’s time to read your contract. (Yes, you have to read it. . .EVERY WORD!)   Pay particular attention to ensure the agreed upon salary, status (full/part time), continuing education reimbursement, and paid time off days are all accurate. However, there are many other components to ensure you read carefully and understand. Because I am not focusing on everything in this post I recommend researching job contract tips, such as what to look for in the contract. The Restrictions Section: Non-Compete Now, for the non-compete and other restrictions portion o ..read more
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The Job Search Timeline
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by Amanda
3y ago
The timeline for job searching will be different for everyone. And it’s so easy to say, but my friend already has a job. I REALLY need to find one. The reality is everyone’s timeline is different. Some people are okay starting as a therapist on a temporary license immediately following school, while others want to wait, take time to study, and have a later start date.   It is all okay. But be aware of your preference. If you want a job immediately, you should probably start the search before your friend who wants to travel for a month. For me, I began the search about 2 months prior to graduat ..read more
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