What makes a person love PT?

burnout career Sep 09, 2021
 
Who is the happiest in the PT profession?
 
If you look at the groups on social media or talk to some professionals, you may assume that we are stuck in a less than ideal position. But this dissatisfaction is not as unanimous as we may initially think.
 
There are tons of PTs with financial freedom, flexibility and who are loving their job. A great career in physical therapy is possible and many PTs are living it.
 
In this video, we discuss some of the differences...and why you can be one of the PTs with their ideal career.
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Why is change so hard in our career

burnout career Aug 10, 2021
 

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.

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How much does your PT co-worker make?

 

Did your PT school tell you an average salary to expect after graduation? Was it accurate?

Sometimes that salary projection may have been spot on, but for others it may have been very different. It isn't your PT school's fault. Salaries are not always accurate when you find them online.

Sure, you can look up the average salary for a PT, but that number varies depending on where you are, your experience, and in what setting you work.

This is exactly why we created the salary calculator, to take real data and make it available to PTs. So you're paid what you're worth... and also, not surprised by a co-workers salary like I was.

Find out what a physical therapist salary is by years of experience, setting, and region with the PT Salary Calculator

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Stepping Out

career Apr 20, 2021

Stepping Out

 

While there aren’t many things more terrifying to people than public speaking, what is worse is public speaking in front of your peer group. This weekend we had a communication course for all of the University of Evansville Residency Programs (Sports, Ortho, Neuro, and Acute Care). 

 

In our course, you stand in front of everyone and give a persuasive talk while you are recorded. The recording is played back as you sit there. You then get to critique yourself, then your colleagues give feedback, then finally the course instructors give their two cents. Then you have an hour and a half to redo your presentation and implement all the feedback and give it again after lunch.

 

It is beyond exhausting. It is beyond terrifying. 

 

But I couldn’t be more proud of the people who came and engaged in the process. Here is why I think these people are so awesome:

 

1) They put themselves in an uncomfortable situation in order to be...

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I hesitate to share my ideas.....

career culture growth mindset Apr 13, 2021
Why don't I share my ideas?
 
I have a friend who has by all accounts achieved the highest level in his profession -- years of experience in professional sports and respected by all who know him. Yet, he can get stuck...it is so hard for him to take public action. He wants affirmation for all of the people he respects and all the naysayers, then he might take action.
 
I am the same way. Why is it so hard for me to publish my ideas? Those who know me, fully recognize that I have no hesitation to share my opinion with them -- and speak it as if it were truth...
 
But when it comes to sharing my thoughts publicly in a social media platform, I hesitate. I beyond hesitate. I don't do it unless it is nearly perfect or approved by others. What I am I afraid of?
 
1. Being wrong 
2. Offending someone
3. Publicly being shamed
 
The truth is, we all suffer from this. I have been reading The Practice by Seth Godin and it has helped me...
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Negotiation is hard. Not getting paid what you're worth is harder. Here's what to do about it.

 

PTs leave a lot of money on the table.  It is a mix between not being taught what to do and not knowing exactly how to go about the negotiation process.  We weigh in on how to go about a negotiation so that you can get what you're worth and still build the relationship.

Wondering how your salary compares? Use our free salary calculator

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It Doesn't Matter If You Are a Clear Favorite or a Cinderella Story. Anything Can Happen.

Dear PT Students,

 

It took me 26 minutes to fill out my March Madness bracket  (Illinois is going to win in case you were wondering).  

 

It is always hard to predict.  Anything can happen in March and you can look at what a team did during the season, but that doesn’t always translate to success in the tournament.  Over the next few weeks we will see upsets, surprising outcomes, and some expected ones.

 

Number one seeds can fall in the first round and eight seeds in the final four.  I think this is the perfect analogy for PT school.  Once you graduate, once you prove you know enough everyone has a shot at success.  Some will see it immediately, some will see it down the road, but don’t think how well you did in PT school predicts it at all.

 

4.0 students may struggle (and that’s okay) and 3.0s may thrive immediately.  Once you graduate, don’t worry about what it took to get there. ...

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What Do You Do When Fear Is Holding You Back In Your PT Career?

 
Many of us get stuck because of fear.  Fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or just fear causing hesitation can hold us back.  Moving forward is easier said than done, so what tangible things can we do to get us unstuck?
 
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Time Heals All Doubts

career dear pt students Mar 12, 2021

Dear PT Students,

 

“I don’t know the sport that well” 

“I don’t know any of the players and they don’t know me”

“I’m a foot shorter than all of them”

“Will I know what to do?”

“What if I can’t help them get better?”

“What if I’m not as good as their last PT?”

 

These are all thoughts in my first few days as the team PT for a collegiate volleyball team.  I didn’t feel like I was good enough and I worried if I would ever be.

 

I remember feeling all those things, but the feelings themselves seem like they are from another life.  I may not catch every double hit, but I know the sport now.  I know the players and they know me.  I love being their PT and getting to work with them.  I’m still shorter, but it never mattered.

 

All these thoughts were insecurities that faded with experience and time.  When you go out...

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Maybe It Is About More Than PA...

career mindset Mar 08, 2021
 

We talked last week about the comparison between PA and PT, but it was incomplete.  We looked at what it meant on the surface without diving deeper into the true issue.  What things in PT make people want to go to another career like PA?  Why do PTs want to leave the profession they went to school for?

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