(Closed) NWR: Occupational Therapy Bees

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
19 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am just finishing my last fieldwork rotation for my masters in OT! Grad school was a tough but rewarding experience for me. My friends and I found maintaining a job was challenging with the coursework semesters, and impossible during fieldwork rotations. So be ready to commit yourself for 2 full years. However that was my experience at my school. Classes are challenging, but the friends I made and the difference you will make in peoples lives is well worth it!

Post # 5
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@Jamcnair:  I am an OT.  I finished my MSc OT in 2003. 

I absolutely love being an OT.  I wouldn’t change jobs for the world.

Don’t stress about grad school.  Typically the hardest part is getting in.  Once you are in, they want you to be successful. OT’s are very sharing, and helpful (at least in my experience).

I didn’t find the classes that difficult, but found it was a lot more reflections, and self assessment, and “how does that make you feel” then my regular under grad courses.


Post # 7
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@Jamcnair:  I am in Canada, so I am not sure it will help you that much.  But I also think that it depends on what your Undergrad was in.  Mine was in Disability Studies, so it was a really good precursor.

Post # 8
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m in OT school now and getting married next april (during the semester). It will be stressful but the date was meaningful to us. I just finished my first year. It really all depends on the program you get into. It was extremly busy but as long as you know how to manage your time well, you can do it. Also get ready to define your future job to everyone. Good luck!

This is an OT anthem a few classmates found on youtube. Cracks us up everytime! 🙂


Post # 9
89 posts
Worker bee

I’m currently in OT school in the midwest. OT is a great profession to get into! Plus, it’s relatively easy to switch fields within OT if you want to.

My course load hasn’t been too bad so far. Kinesiology was the real kicker…Having a human cadaver lab made me a bit worried, but at least we didn’t have to dissect the bodies (that was the PTs!).

Post # 11
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m in OT school and I don’t love it. My classmates are great and some of them are very happy with our program, so my dislike is definitely something personal. When I went into this program I did a lot of shadowing and volunteering but it was just in one practice area. I find OTs don’t have a very specialized role. Its a little physio, a little social work, a little random… I love working with clients but I find the lack of role differentiation stressful. Where I am (Canada) OTs are being cut from hospital roles. The private sector roles (mainly insurance) are very different from what I pictured for myself. My professors are very idealistic and I find a lot of what they teach doesn’t match up with the realities I see during placement. It seems like a personal failing that I can’t aim for the vision they espouse, but the realities of funding, employer demands and the health care system are what they are. I can’t help someone self actualize or further their spiritual development when there isn’t really enough time during their treatment to improve their hand function or its determined that they don’t really need to be able to bathe themselves…

It might be a good fit for you. Your post is older so maybe you’ve already applied. I’m happy the other posters are pleased with their experience I just thought I’d share mine as a bit of a counter point.

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