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OT Graduate's - are you job seeking?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Are you about to finish University in 2017? Excited about your work prospects, but not sure what some of these are? This blog might help shed some light on potential opportunities available to you.

At Medijobs Australia, we are considered to be the allied health recruitment specialists Australia-wide. During University presentations for soon-to-be OT Graduates, we often get asked about the range of employment opportunities available after graduating.

An interesting point to note for all soon-to-be grads who are job-seeking: Most OT graduates will be able to commence employment on the successful completion and grading of their course-work. This is pending the granting of their unconditional AHPRA registration application as an Occupational Therapist. You do not have to wait until after graduation (often this is months after the completion of your OT degree) or until your unconditional AHPRA registration is approved (if you have applied for this and it is pending). Some (but not all) employers are happy to take on OT’s pending the above.

Here are some opportunities available to graduate OT’s that might be of interest:

Private or Public Hospitals: Work across a range of specialties from aged care, ortho and neuro through to mental health. Practicum placements are a great way to find out what day-to-day life can be like for an OT in a hospital setting.

Private Practice: Work solo or as part of a team of health professionals in a private practice environment. These arrangements are either salaried roles or based around shared billings (rented rooms with centralized admin support generally available). There is generally room for specialisation e.g. hand OT’s, occupational health clinicians or paediatric OT’s.

Sales: Medical equipment or pharmaceutical sales or any OT based sales specialization. Example: disability or mobility equipment (these roles may or may not involve installation of the equipment).

Occupational Rehabilitation: End-to-end case-management or one-off assessments of injured workers, motor vehicle accident clients, ADF members, veterans and/or life-insurance claimants (this includes income protection and superannuation) to rehabilitate them back into the work-force.  Medijobs highly recommends undertaking a practicum placement in this area before applying for injury management work. It is a commercially-focused space that is billing centric and not for everyone as no hands-on OT work is involved. Roles can be based at a rehab provider, insurer or at the final employer site.

Aged Care: Working with a vulnerable population can be quite challenging for a lot of graduates, especially if the role is stand-alone and no on-site supervision is available from a senior, mentoring OT. Again, do your research and speak with OT’s who work in this area, undertake a practicum placement or do some volunteer work in an Aged Care facility to get a better understanding of the work place.

Community work: Services are delivered either in the clients’ home or at the community centre. These include a broad range of consultancy, assessment and treatment related services such as equipment prescription, home modifications, ADL skill building, case management and/or individual therapy.

OHS / HSE: This a safety focused area of Occupational Therapy which is quite niche but growing in popularity and with great job prospects. It generally does require the OT to undertake post-grad qualifications or CPD in occupational health and safety.

Education: You could always become a tutor or lecturer if you have a strong interest in the educational side of OT. Alternatively, you can work within the education system with students or educators in an OT based capacity.

Research: This is an opportunity to undertake research and become an expert in your area of interest. A lot of subject matter experts are invited to conduct CPD and/or in-services for employers who are keen to learn the latest research results, implications and applications for OT’s and their clients.

Please find below an information tool to get audited statistics for OT Graduates in Australia: http://joboutlook.gov.au/occupation.aspx?code=2524

Terms of the role to look at closely in your Employment Contract:

  • Salary / Shared billing / Contractor arrangement: These need to be crystal clear and should include superannuation, KPI’s and incumbent performance bonuses and eligibility as well as salary and KPI review dates.
  • CPD contribution: It’s best if any CPD contributions are written into your contract if the employer is going to make any towards your training
  • Other benefits: Phone, laptop / tablet, travel allowances, pool car availability / own car usage contribution etc.
  • Hand-cuffs: You might not think these are important when you’re signing your first contract, but non-compete timelines are important for when you are job-seeking again. Get advice on your employment contract – it’s your job so your responsibility to do so.
  • Notice periods (for when you want to commence with a new employer and cease working for the current one)
  • Start dates
  • Holidays

If you would like to discuss any of the above in further detail, we are always here to add value at E: info@medijobs.com / P: 1300 905 363

Alternatively, you might want to join our Facebook group – you can find us by searching for Allied Health Group Australia (Medijobs) or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1964074463877245/

All the best with your job-seeking!

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