πŸ“š Researching at Postgraduate Level πŸ“š

πŸ“š Researching at Postgraduate Level πŸ“š

As 2019 gets in to full swing, it’s time to get my head down back to my studies and focus on my final placement. But today, I would like to talk to you about my postgraduate research as part of my MSc Occupational Therapy programme. Spoiler alert, it’s something to do with Harry Potter!

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πŸ’­ Considering Postgraduate Study πŸ’­

πŸ’­ Considering Postgraduate Study πŸ’­

About eighteen months ago, I raised a few people’s eyebrows by announcing my decision to leave the marketing sector to become an occupational therapist. It was not an easy decision, as it involved parting from a full-time job, taking out additional student loan, and being fully committed to academic study at postgraduate level. Making such a decision was not something that I was going to take it lightly, and at times, it was a bit overwhelming. Nonetheless, I did a simple mind-mapping exercise and it really helped me to have the clarity that I needed. If you are considering doing a postgraduate degree, I hope you will find this blog post useful.

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πŸ“ My Placement with START (Students and Refugees Together) πŸ“

πŸ“ My Placement with START (Students and Refugees Together) πŸ“

Nine weeks ago, I started my second placement with a Plymouth based charity called START (Student and Refugees Together). Nine weeks later, I am speechless as to how much I have changed. Truth be told, I did not have the best beginning of this placement, I was questioning whether START would provide me with the opportunity to develop the skills as a competent occupational therapist. Thankfully, I was wrong about that.

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πŸ‘Ÿ The Occupational Therapy Show πŸ‘Ÿ

πŸ‘Ÿ The Occupational Therapy Show πŸ‘Ÿ

Last year I wasn't so much into attending conferences or continuous professional development events. After a year of studying and being on placements, I realise grasping the opportunity to learn is central to my training to become a qualified occupational therapist. The University and my placement educator were so supportive when I asked if I could attend external events as part of my learning. Therefore, I made sure that I was able to go to the annual OTs show in Birmingham. On a Tuesday night, I jumped into my car and set off for the journey and little did I know that what I'd learn during the different keynote speeches over the two days would shape my view in how occupational therapy can really make a difference to peoples’ lives.

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🀝 Occupational Therapists Working With Margins 🀝

🀝 Occupational Therapists Working With Margins 🀝

I began my occupational therapy training with a single vision, to make a difference to people’s lives. Without a lot of insight of what it actually means, I had it in my mind that my role is simply to help others to participate in what is meaningful to them. If a person has a disability, whether it is a physical or learning type of disability, I will help them to overcome it as much as we can together. Through my learning in occupational science, I got to understand the importance of β€˜occupation’, how essential it is to the people’s everyday life and the role of occupational therapist. However, after attending a very special conference about occupational therapy, I no longer believe I understood it all.

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