Becca tells us how a conversation in the pub 15 years ago led to her starting a successful career in Occupational Therapy
7th August 2019
15 years ago, I went through clearing and just a couple of weeks later was an undergraduate student at University College Northampton training to become an Occupational Therapist (OT). I am now Head of Occupational Therapy, have an MSc in Occupational Therapy and lead a workforce of 90 OTs across the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities service in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
A chance conversation in the pub with my brother’s friend who had completed her first year as an OT student, sent me into a career I had never even heard about. I had just returned from travelling, had applied to do optometry and didn’t get the grades. I knew I wanted to do a job that made a difference to people’s lives but to be honest, applying to university a year before you go, and making a choice of ‘what I wanted to be when I grew up’ at 17 was a challenge. I think that not achieving my grades was a blessing in disguise.
Over the years I have learnt that there is no shame in starting a career the less conventional way. What matters is helping people to know what Occupational Therapy encompasses, and the difference we make to people’s quality of life.