What if the problem isn't physical therapy? When work is lousy, or your job is stressful, it is only natural to conclude that it is bad everywhere. You talk to colleagues and it seems like no one is any better off than you. And so you start wondering if maybe you need to get out of physical therapy completely.
Getting stuck in your PT career is common, but it doesn't mean that you can't do anything about it. We get so used to hearing about the bad things about PT that we stop seeing the possibilities. If you are stuck, it's not hopeless. The possibilities are there.
I haven’t wanted to write lately. It is frustrating, and I’ve found myself constantly saying, “I should just write.” I’ve said it hundreds of times in the last few months with very little to show for it.
Not wanting to write is a weird feeling because I’ve never had to force myself to write. Most of the time, writing was what I used to procrastinate doing other things.
I don’t think I’m alone in having difficulty motivating myself to do things lately (even things I genuinely enjoy). I don’t know if we blame the pandemic, if we blame the constant change, or if we blame the stress of it all. But I think I received some excellent advice the other day.
Someone told me to stop thinking about why I was having difficulty motivating myself, stop trying to figure out what is to blame, and stop beating myself up over it.
The solution is simple...
For all the things you say, “I should X” or “I should Y,” make them...
Is PT everything you wanted it to be? For many new grads, it doesn't live up to expectations. You're not alone. You're not doomed to dislike your career.
You wish you had a better situation at work.
You want to see more of a certain patient.
You wish you could have flexibility in your schedule for things that are important.
And you want to make more money than you are now.
But you aren't sure how to take action or what to do next.
In this video, Jenna and Phil discuss why change can be so hard in our career.
Dear PT Students,
Run toward something, not away from something.
PT school can get old. You’re not making money, you can’t take vacations like your friends, and the work does not end. It is only natural to WANT it to end.
I don’t know any PT student that wanted to stay a student forever. Many are counting down the practicals, the exams, and the days until they finally sign DPT after their name.
But, focusing on PT school ending makes you miss some really great opportunities while you are there. Rather than trying to get away from PT school, start looking toward life as a PT. Don’t try to run away from PT school, think of it as moving toward PT status.
I know it is only a slight difference. Yet, looking forward to starting life as a PT is more likely to get you to volunteer at the school clinic to get more reps, can result in studying MSK for your future patient and not just for a grade, or may...
“I would have contacted you, but I didn’t have any concrete action steps or questions, so I didn’t want to waste your time,” She replied to me reaching out to see if she wanted a mentor meeting.
I asked if she was stuck. She said, “Yes, I don’t know my next step.” We met and it turned out to be one of our most productive mentoring sessions.
I learned a lot through this interaction. Part of being on a journey toward your ideal career is that you frequently don’t know what’s next. And that is when you need high quality people who are on the same journey around you. That means that some are ahead of you, some are behind you, and some are right with you on the path.
That group, along with your guide, can see things that you can’t. I used to think that answering questions was one of the most important parts of mentoring. Actually it's not. It is being there and being understanding when the person is stuck,...
“You shouldn’t go into PT,” I overheard a physical therapist telling a college student.
I had been eavesdropping since I heard the student say that she loved observing and was almost certain that she wanted to go into the profession.
The PT went into detail about there not being enough money, that there is no longer job security, that there is no flexibility, and that you don’t have as much freedom as you’d want. It was for over five minutes that he continued trying to convince her not to go into physical therapy.
I took a quick glance in her direction and immediately saw the disappointment on her face. She told him she’d think about it and I don’t think she spoke again the rest of the day.
I don’t want to argue about whether or not what he said is true. And I’m not saying that there isn’t any truth to it.
But, if you hate the profession so much that you would destroy the dreams of a college...