Welp, I am in physical therapy school. After not getting into medical school, floundering for about a year, and working as an aide for two, I am finally pursuing my dream career. Now what? I know I will become a physical therapist (he says with blind confidence) but now I am lousy with choices as to what kind of therapist I can be. And I am not just talking about in-patient versus out. What are my philosophies as a therapist? How can I best contribute to this industry as a whole? Who is right? Oh god, WHO IS RIGHT?! There are just so many options and opinions out there. But enough generalities, let me take you into my current thought process.
Should I become a sports physical therapists? And if so, do I need to get my CSCS? What about a residency program? Would it be best to specialize, or be a generalist? Or should I jettison all of that and go into pediatrics? I also want to become a race director in my community and get involved in promoting healthy lifestyles. On top of all that, learning more about healthcare economics is fascinating to me and would love to work more to help shape healthcare policy. The point is, I like a lot of things. But how am I going to utilize these things to help shape my career? In college, I did too many things: shadowing MD’s, researching, working 20 hours/week, volunteering at the health center, and going to school. And while I loved all of it, I definitely felt I wasn't putting 100% of my effort into everything. I don't want that to happen in my future career. So how do I choose? I want it all! And it is not just what kind of career I want, I need to figure out what kind of person I want to be as well.
Being in just my second semester of PT school, I am already overwhelmed with the amount of opinions on physical therapy in general. From modalities, exercise regimens, to just our general scope as therapists, I have no idea whose opinions I agree with. Currently, I love listening to PT Pintcast and listening to the different perspectives from the therapists Jimmy McKay talks to, but I often find myself agreeing with everyone, even those who offer contradicting opinions. Reading different blogs is great too, but there are just so many out there, I have no idea what to do with their information (and yes, I am aware of the irony in this complaint). And don’t get me started on Twitter; trying to jump in on those conversations is a double-dutcher’s nightmare. I mean, really? REALLY?!:
But I understand this is all self-induced/inflicted worry. And really, the masochist in me really loves all of the worry. Wading through scores of opinions, trying to find a throughline that resonates with me, has been a lot of fun. It is my career Rubix Cube. Right now, I am just trying to consume everything I can and see what shakes out. This isn’t ground-breaking stuff, but for someone who has been trying to find their dream career for so long, it certainly new territory for me. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and catch up on the fifty other blog articles that were posted by the time I finished this one.