(Closed) Occupational Therapy

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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121 posts
Blushing bee

hi! i am not an OT, but my sister is. she loves it! i dont know exactly what she’s on but the money is good and gets better the higher up you move (obviously!). uni was hard work for her but if you rrally want to do it, it’ll be worth it. hope this helps a little!

Post # 5
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m in school for OT right now. It is not what I expected. I was drawn to it because of volunteer experience in a rehab facility and I liked that is a healthcare role that is quite holistic – you look at the whole person in their own context not just at their body as something with a problem to be solved. However, we learn a little bit of everything from psychotherapy to physiotherapy and don’t develop a lot of specific expertise in anything. It’s a second career for me and I’m disappointed. OT is a very broad field though and there are a lot of different practice settings and roles. Some I like better than others. Where I am in Canada they are training more OTs than there is demand for and really encouraging students to pursue “emerging roles” i.e. jobs that are not specifically OT jobs. Few new grads find full time work. It is a lot of contract work and mostly in insurance. Some people love that role, it just isn’t what I would really like to do. I tell myself not to be picky though, if I can gain experience in any role hopefully I can find a great fit at some point. It was so hard to get into school I think I should have tried for medicine.

Post # 7
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3267 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsShev:  Sorry to be a little late to the party.  I am an OT working for 7 years in Canada.

My work is with adults and seniors visiting them at their homes.  It is the best!  I love being an OT.  There is no other job in the world that I think I would like as much.  I feel like I have really made a positive difference in a lot of people’s lives.  Yeah there are some jerks, and I do go to some super gross places, but it is part of the appeal of community work for me.

In Toronto, the pay for OT’s is quite good.  It depends on your practice area how much you will make, but you can definitely do quite well.  There are pros and cons of each setting of course.

I did find OT school to be ehhh, ok.  I thought it was very heavily research, theory, and self reflection.  But working and clinical placements are not really like what they teach in schools. 

Post # 8
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1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m about to apply to an OT program too!

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