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Career Day

Published November 2, 2011 2:59 PM by Jason Marketti

My son recently went on an adventure to learn about careers. Since there was not a slot for him at his first choice, he was placed in an outpatient therapy clinic. The first thing he noticed was everyone being extremely friendly. The therapists at the clinic even wrote their names down for him to use as a reference if he needed one.

As I thought about this, he made a very correct observation. I have found only two or three therapists in 15 years that I simply could not stand because of their ignorance, arrogance or lack of bedside manner. (How I'd love to mention their names right now).

Most therapists are extremely polite to those who have questions about their career and will go out of their way to educate someone on the value of being in the therapy field. When I did some observation hours prior to getting into the PTA program, I randomly called PTs from various settings and asked if I could observe. About 99 percent of them said it would be no problem. The friendliness of those therapists I observed was one of the things that appealed to me about continuing to pursue a therapy career path. (How I'd love to mention their names as well). I am sure that first impression has made an impact on many therapists during their observation hours as well.

So what was my son's first choice, you ask? Neurology at an MD's office.

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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