I was recently interviewed by the nice folks over at New Grad OT. Below is a little piece of the full interview, which can be found here.

Any advice for new grads?

My advice for new grads would be:

  • Never pigeon-hole yourself into being “just a therapist.” This world provides so much more opportunities to people with your given knowledge and skills. With enough drive, determination, and personal development, you can build the career you dreamed of. It just takes time and effort.
  • Don’t be too quick to leave “traditional” therapy jobs or write them off. They provide valuable experiences and skills which will help later in life. The key is to be patient. People don’t get the career they want the day they graduate. It takes years. I’m still trying to figure out where my career is going to go and I know others who have been in the field for decades who are still doing the same thing. Enjoy the journey.
  • Prioritize building your human capital with every job you look at or interview you take. Whether it be clinically or in business, you always need to be learning and pushing yourself forward. The difference between a mediocre career and your dream career lies wholly in your own drive, determination, and willingness to put in the work.

Read the whole interview here!

Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant for the State of Georgia.

Read his full bio Here. Read about Rehab U Here.


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