New Grad Occupational Therapy and Why You Should Be Following

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With internet access at the touch of a tablet screen to allied health social media accounts to online journals, there is a plethora of ways to retrieve valuable information on all things   o c c u p a t i o n a l   therapy.  The most valuable site is undoubtedly our national American Occupational Therapy Association aota.org website. This is the resource I always recommend to high school or undergraduate students curious about seeing the world through an occupational therapy lens.

AOTA MISSION STATEMENT

The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.

Even Al Roker agrees that occupational therapy is legitimate and provides its patients from all backgrounds and abilities with limitless future opportunities.

Furthermore, AOTA provides us with invaluable insight and is easy to navigate around the website. Broken into 6 general categories,¬†the American Occupational Therapy Association website is a phenomenal resource for all things OT. Click the 6 categories listed below for detailed information and further subset categories.¬† ***For my international (non-American) blog followers, how helpful is your national website! I’m curious to know :)***

1)Practice

2)Advocacy & Policy

3)Education & Careers

4)Conference & Events

5)Publications & News

6)About Occupational Therapy

Of course I say all of this with the realization that if you have any inclination towards the occupational therapy profession, 9 times out of 10 all of y’all have perused through our national website (or through your country’s national website) prior to reading my short highlight blurb.

But……. DID YOU KNOW —-> there’s another OT online source that eagerly¬†awaits you??? Especially if you are a baby OT like me #newgrad

>>>>> New Grad Occupational Therapy<<<<

NewGradOccupationalTherapy (NGOT) exists for its readers.

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Each published article is created to help new grads become their #BESTself while providing a site that showcases passion for the profession through writing.¬†NGOT¬†can help you transition from being a fresh-faced first semester¬†OT student to a confident Level 2 fieldwork student to a brand new grad OT practitioner ready to take on the week ahead.¬† Regardless of your area of practice -pediatrics- -geriatrics/productive aging- -rehabilitation- -ergonomics/work/industry- mental health- -private practice- and loads more… there are resources and people willing and excited to connect with you on your journey.

NGOT is a source of encouragement for all whether you are a high school student nervously anticipating your first OT shadowing experience to a new grad OT to an occupational therapist who is preparing to totally switch practice settings to avoid burnout. *click here* to our dearly loved mentors and senior therapists. NGOT also invites family members of an individual who is receiving OT services or other allied health and medical professionals to come see what the profession of occupational therapy can do to enhance a multitude of lives.

For me being a Staff Writer for NewGradOccupationalTherapy keeps me mOTivated to learn more, reflect more, and be more present in the field. It¬†increases my likelihood of continuing to be proactive therapist rather than a reactive worker who just does what is asked and nothing more.¬†Now if only writing my daily documentation notes would come as quickly as writing up this post haha:) ūüôā After passing the NBCOT¬†in February while working fulltime under a temporary OT license, I was excited to accept this new position as part of the NewGradOccupationalTherapy Community after being approached in October of last year. So far, I have two published posts 6 Awesome Tips for your First OT Job and 50 Occupational Therapy Instagrams for New Grads.

 

To sum up, I invite any and all of my readers to sign up for daily content from NGOT! We can’t wait to hear from you!¬†Subscribe and¬†join the New GradOT community!

stay mOTivated,

SHANNEN M.