Occupational Therapist 

(Male, Age 44) from Clinton, MA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Occupational Therapist
Salary $58,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 35
Company Size (not answered)
Location Clinton, MA
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Commmunity based hospital (non profit), over 1100 empoyees. Hospital should I say more. Providing emergency, and outpatient, inpatient services

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Occupational therapist provides therapy to patients with disturbances in there daily routines ie bathing, dressing, ambulation, community activities

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
30 days (vacation, holiday, sick total), health benefits with some contribution, 403b with employer contribution

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel that I am getting paid what I should be getting paid

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I am the hospital hand therapist – outpatient setting. I work with physical and speech therapists. I like the setting and the patients that I work with. THe hospital supports rehab and the job that we do. Dislikes – none.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 5
Benefits: 6
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 1
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 3

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Arrive at work and look at my scedule. Review emails and messages
8am to 9am Patient treatment
9am to 10am Patient treatment
10am to 11am Patient treatment
11am to 12pm Notes, return phone calls to MD.
12pm to 1pm Lunch
1pm to 2pm Patient treatment
2pm to 3pm patient treatment
3pm to 4pm patient treatment
4pm to 5pm patient treatment
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Internet search

What was the application process?
submitted resume with cover letter – then interview

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
First I met with the HR personnel to review my resume. My name was then passed to the rehab manager who I interviewed with. I then was offered the job by HR.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
How long have you been doing this work, what is your strongest personnel assest to your choosen profession, weakness, what can I bring to the department and hospital.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
NA – see above

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
No. I had the necessary skills to do the job.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
My degree was just the beginning. The 10 plus years experience is what developed the technical skills to do the job.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
I believe that experience is needed to do my job. As a hand therapist you need a certain skill set that “every day” generalist therapists do not have. Promote yourself and look for opportunities to work with other therapists or doctors that can add to your experience.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Technical skills and interpersonal skills are at the head of the list. WIth out the technical skill with hand and upper extermity anatomy you would not do well at this job..documenting skills are a must to convey your work with patients.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Before working in a hand therapy clinic I believe 3 years general experience is needed to ground yourself in the occupation.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
My goal is to own my own hand therapy clinic. I first gained the experience work with the MD to set the base skills. Now I run the hospital’s hand therapy clinic. I believe that this is now in line to open and work my own within five years.

What are your current career goals?
To own and run my own outpatient hand therapy center

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Leaving the job at the end of the day and having no work to take home!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Occupational Therapist 2 years 48000 Hand Therapist Private Practice – MD owned
Prior Job 2 Occupational Therapist 3 years 44000 Inpatient Occupational Therapist working the acute care patients.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:2.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.72 Worcester State BS Occupational Therapy
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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