Hi Hayley...while I am not a PT, my experience comes from recruiting PT's for many years along with being a patient.
Everyone's point of view as to what is the "hardest" part of a profession will vary. A lot depends on your strengths AND weaknesses. Have you talked to PT's? Have you mentored with any PT's? Attended any career fairs for PT's? By interacting with PT's with different education and experience levels you will find some significant differences, along with common issues.
From a patients point of view...the ability to motivate your patient is critical. Doesn't matter how skilled you are, how professional you are, or even how wonderful you are. If you cannot interact and motivate your patient towards a specific goal of better health is hard on both the patient and therapist.
Joe recommends the following next steps:
- Volunteer to assist PT's at hospitals, homes for the elderly, etc. to expose yourself to the various specialities and the issues associated with them.
- Contact local PT's schools and ask if they have a mentor program. You might be able to get paired up with students or faculty who can give you real-life experiences.