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Journey of a DPT Student

My First Job

Published April 7, 2014 3:55 PM by Lauren Rosso

I'm happy to report that my interview went well enough to yield the ultimate goal -- a job offer! I got two calls on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), one at work and one on my cell phone, however managed to miss both. Not my best performance, but maybe I would have thought it was a joke if I actually did answer. My future boss called back on Wednesday, again at work, to offer me the position. I didn't want to sound desperate, so I initially agreed to take the 24 hours she gave me to think it over. By 4:00 that afternoon, I called back and accepted the position.

The position is full-time in the acute-care setting at a large level-1 trauma hospital. I will rotate every three months between multiple ICUs, a burn unit and step-down units. Acute care is one setting that I haven't had a ton of experience with during clinical rotations, so I expect there to be a very large learning curve and a period of feeling completely incompetent. I guess that's what orientation is for.

The most exciting and terrifying part of this process was getting the "welcome package" with benefits information and expected salary. I saw things about 401K matching, vision plans, health savings accounts, and about 15 other areas I didn't know a thing about. It's overwhelming. I'm thankful for the fact that our program has set up a meeting with a financial advisor before we graduate to talk these kinds of topics out and get some guidance. For a large majority of us, this is the first time we've had to think about any long-term decisions and I want to make sure I'm on the right path. For now, I just can't contain my excitement about the next few months.

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Congratulations on the job, Lauren. I have recently been interviewing, and after my resume got posted (accidentally) on certain job sites, I have gotten a lot of phone calls from recruiters. Couple that with phone calls that I am actually awaiting, that's a lot of phone calls to answer! I personally don't like having a phone always on my hip, so being consistent answering phone calls has been hard. I think that expedient, professional communication is something I need to keep working on as I transition into post-graduate life. It is an exciting transition though, and I am hopeful for the new professional relationships I will develop as I begin my career.

Stephen April 27, 2015 1:01 PM

Congratulations Lauren! I hope you have enjoyed your first year as an employed PT. I am now following in your footsteps as I begin interviewing for my first job. After considering multiple settings I have been encouraged by one of my mentors to seek my first job in a large trauma 1 medical center in acute or inpatient. I have heard that in these settings you are exposed to a variety of patients and conditions which will prepare you for a future in just about any setting. I hope that you are finding my mentor's advice to be true and that you are becoming more confident in the acute care setting! I also could not agree more with the terms "exciting and terrifying" that you used to describe this transition from an academic setting into the "real world". This is a great time to became of PT and I am confident that the future will be bright for all of us graduating and accepting new jobs!

Lisa April 24, 2015 3:25 PM

Lauren I can definitely relate to the terrifying welcome package. I just had a job interview last week and was given all of the fun benefits details. There is so much to think about! Being in school for my entire life, I have not had to think about all of these things and now it is here and I will have to make all of these decisions so soon. So much to think about and not much time to make decisions. I am definitely seeking guidance from experienced people who have made successful financial plans. I know the decisions we make now will really impact our future. My clinical instructor was able to give me a lot of good advice about paying off loans, healthcare plans, and making the most of job bonuses.  I hope you are enjoying your first year working on your own and feel confident in your decisions you made last year!

Vaughn, SPT March 24, 2015 1:45 PM
Longs NC

You'll be thrilled you took this opportunity.  Good luck.

Toni April 11, 2014 7:36 PM

Congratulations! You've prepped a long time…now the real journey begins.

Dean Metz April 7, 2014 4:43 PM

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