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A Day in The Life of an Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Keryn, I am an Occupational Therapist and I am currently coming to the end of my one-year graduate program at National 360. I thought I’d share my typical day with you so that you could have a better understanding of what life is like as a graduate OT at National 360.

Morning (7-10am)

My day begins, on most days, at home. I check in on emails and look at my calendar for the next few days. I have several regular clients I now see on a fortnightly basis. I make sure I have resources organised to take into the community.

I then head out for the day. Most of my clients are about 30 min from home so I put on a favourite play list and enjoy the travel (I probably should be listening to creative and educational pod casts). I use the time in my car to reflect and clear my mind, ready to help today’s clients to smash their goals.

Midday (10am-2pm)

Due to my travel to see clients, I group them together as best as I can. It doesn’t work always out. I may find myself in between clients at a café catching up on emails, writing case notes or reports. I have even attended some of my meetings and mentoring sessions via Zoom at McDonalds!

I actually really enjoy this time in the community. It breaks my day up and I’m not locked in an office looking at the same four walls all day.

Afternoon (2-5pm)

Appointments with clients can be at any time of the day. I do my best to fit in with their schedule. I have a number of paeds clients and I will often organise their appointments to be In the afternoon, not to disrupt schooling too much.

As an Occupational Therapist, every day is different and that’s something I love! Some days may be a full day at home completing report writing and case management tasks, other days can be spent entirely with clients out in the community. Because of this work nature I have found that the weeks go quickly, my first 8 months have flown by. Sometimes I feel like I have everything under control, then in comes the curve ball, and my week can get chaotic. Being an OT has been amazing and I’m looking forward to building my skills further and continuing to make a positive Impact on my client’s lives.

Thanks for reading!


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