Can the life of an occupational Therapist, be as daunting as an OB/GYN?
The most important thing for you to do is to determine which one of these career areas, or which other career area, might be best suited for your personality traits to present the best possibility for your having feelings of success and fulfilment.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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I don’t work in either of these fields, but I am a repeat physical and occupational therapy patient and I can relay some of what I’ve heard from my therapists. The only thing I know about OB/GYN is that they are MDs (10+ yrs school). Your question has been open so long that I wanted to give you some info so you could move on.
I’ve been a patient of three separate groups of PT/OT therapists and they’ve told me that they all love their work primarily because they work with their patients once a week for weeks or months at a time so they get to know them a little, work with them hands on usually to help them recover from an injury or a surgery, and usually watch them heal up and walk out. This is true especially for sports related injuries because the patients are younger. The ones I’ve seen work in private practice with eight or 10 others, although my current group works out of an outpatient therapy center at a hospital. The ones I’ve seen all go home at 5:00 p.m.
Educational requirements as I understand them are a four-year undergrad degree, then one year of therapy school for an assistant therapist (APT, AOT), a second year for therapist (PT, OT), and a third year for a PT, PhD or OT, PhD. The current group I’m with, and my nephew I just remembered, all went the three-year PhD route. They are extremely competent and have helped me tremendously. They’re also nice people, including my nephew.
Be sure to talk to some people who really work in these areas. Good luck.
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