In this episode, I talk with Meredith Castin DPT about some of the key considerations you need to have when making a transition in your physical therapy career. This 4-step analysis can be used to help create purpose in your career and jump-start your personal development.
Here are a few notes that I jotted down from the conversation. Essentially, we talk about how to analyze your current needs/wants to help craft a career that is well-suited to your skills and interests.
1–What are the most important things you want out of your life? What do you want out of your career? What are your life goals? What is your perfect life? Think of yourself 20 years from now–what do you look like?
- Be honest with yourself. e. Free time, cooking, family, exercise, core values, travel, be there for their family
- Visualize your ideal life.
- Every 6 months, reevaluate frequently, revisit the life plan
2– What do you love to do, what do you hate to do, what’s easy, and what is hard for you?
- Consider the tasks, what are you good at and what do you love about those?
- Shy away from opportunities because it doesn’t pay and requires more time.
- Volunteer and ask your staff for help. Be open for opportunities.
3–Can you afford to change careers?
- Financial considerations to new career paths. Hard to leave the stable paycheck.
- Doesn’t matter if you can’t take a paycut.
- Sales and recruiting are dependent upon commission. Small base salary, but definite room for growth.
4–Can you move to a new city?
- Might limit you now but start working that direction.
- Flexibility brings more opportunity
5–How important is your identity as a clinician?
- Your background as a clinician can be a huge boon. Other roles, it doesn’t really matter.
- Digital marketer–no one cared that she was a PT.
- Continue to identify as a PT in other ways.