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7 Tips for a Successful Career in Therapy

Last Updated Feb 2013


By: Cynthia Howard

career in therapyThe field of health care is at an all time high and is still expected to grow. After implementing "Obamacare," it is said that there will be an increase of job openings and the health care industry will grow faster than other industries. With the job competition around, standing out and gaining a successful career in therapy is a goal for many.

According to a list compiled by the U.S. News, the best health care jobs in 2013 include the following:

Rank #5: Physical Therapy

Rank #7: Occupational Therapy

Rank #9: Physical Therapy Assistant

Rank #13:Respiratory Therapy

Having said this, the number of therapy professionals will keep increasing and you will have to step up to gain success. The following seven practices can help you reach your destination:

  1. Practice the S.M.A.R.T. model. Before anything else, ask yourself this question: What do you want from your career in therapy? Setting your goal and knowing what you are expecting will help you assess yourself. Identify which direction to take to achieve your goal.
    • therapy professionalsSpecify. Your goal should have sufficient detail. Opening up a therapy clinic is not specific enough. Know the answers to where, how, and when too.
       
    • Measure. Don't be hesitate to use numbers and percentage. Statistics will help you know where you are at and what more should you do.
       
    • Attain. Is your goal achievable? Identify the practical ways you can reach your goal.
       
    • Relate. How important is this goal for you? If you are trying to reach someone else's goal, it won't work. You have to let the goal connect with you and make sure that achieving it matters to you.
       
    • Time yourself. Deadlines make us work harder and faster. Set a due date to get motivated.
       
  2. Get involved. It's easy to set goals and visualizing what you want. But after getting that done, what's next? It's time you step up and do something!
     
  3. See the results. Being occupied and having a hectic schedule is not always a good sign that there is a good outcome. Is your time being spent on something that will help you achieve your goal?
     
  4. Practice being contented. Spending your time in making one particular thing perfect will eat up a lot of time for other more important activities. This way, you won't be able to finish what you've started.
     
  5. Build a support system. Optimistic people will give an extra push towards your goal. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals like you.
     
  6. Keep it simple. Making things complicated will only challenge you to do something else and drift you away from the main goal and goal settingpurpose. Ask yourself if the information from the internet, books and people interests you right now.
     
  7. Get even. Are you giving enough time and attention to other aspects of your life? Don't neglect your personal relationships for the sake of one goal. Experience complete fulfillment by balancing everything.

Reference:

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/best-healthcare-jobs

These practices will not just help you gain success in your career in therapy, but will also help you through out your life. Join this noble profession with confidence and assist people to recover from illness and disabilities.

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About the Author: Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD is a Professional coach specializing in managing stress. Contact her and let he help you and your team leverage stress for a full-filled life.

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