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Published April 10, 2013 11:25 AM by Jennifer Preston

So many changes in my life over the past few months.  I went from an unemployed new graduate to a certified, licensed profession with two jobs!  Last week I had my first assignment with the staffing agency.  I spent a week in a very nice SNF.  The problem was, up until last week, I had never set foot in a SNF in my entire life.  So it was all new to me.  The staff was great, they answered my many questions and helped me through, but I was definitely thrown into the deep end on day 1.  I am very proud of how I did there, it took me a day or two to adjust, but by Wednesday I felt I had the swing of it and had my productivity up to the mid 80%'s and finished Friday at 91% (the standard at the site was 90%).  I was told that I did a great job, wrote excellent notes and they would request to have me back.  That made me feel great about my first experience.  However, as would be expected with a staffing agency, I was given no assignment for this week and currently have nothing for next week. 

This is where job number 2 comes in.  I knew that I needed to have at least some steady money coming in every month and, as luck would have it, I got a call.  I had interviewed with a company back in March, but they had no openings for me at the time.  Then they contacted me last week with a part time position, Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.  This schedule actually works out great as it will allow me to stay on with the staffing agency to fill in the gaps.  What is even better?!  It is an outpatient pediatrics clinic.  Pediatrics.  The field that I have been hoping to work in since day one.  The field that is so hard to break into.  Now here's a company that's willing to crack the door so I can get my foot in there!  I am very excited.  I go tomorrow for orientation and start treating on Saturday.  I'm hoping that this job will be a stepping stone into a full time pediatrics position in the near future either with them or another facility.  Either way, I am in the door and I could not be happier about that!


Congratulations on entering the OT field and getting that foot in the door in Pediatrics.  I told everyone when I went back to school to become a COTA that I was going to work in Pediatrics and I was told by many of my professors and my field work supervisor that COTAs rarely get into pediatrics and I should just look to go into out patient or SNF.  I found my own pediatric field placements and was offered a job once my field work ended.  It was in a pediatric sensory outpatient clinic and I worked there for a year before going into birth-to-three - where I have been for the past 8 years!  Don't ever give up on what you really want to do.  Send your resume out to all the pediatric places in your area.  Don't wait for positions to open up.  More often than not you will find that if you keep your resume and your name out there - you will find the position you want.  Good luck!%0d%0a

Wendy Spoor-Hof, Birth-threed - Pediatric COTA August 22, 2013 3:50 PM
northeastern CT

Good for you! So glad for your interest in peds and hope the position works out to become a specialty area for you. Good luck!

Cecilia Cruse April 18, 2013 10:33 AM
Longwood FL

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