So you may remember just a few months ago I wrote about starting a new job.
On paper the job sounded great and I was really excited about it. I’d be planning fundraising events for a non-profit, best of all, their events were endurance events (a 75 mile bike ride and a 1.2 mile swim), I even saw one job description that claimed the perfect candidate would be a combination “wedding planner/ beach party host/ triathlete” – it sounded perfect and best of all it was what would allow us to move up to the Cape!
Unfortunately I pretty quickly realized the description should have read “fundraiser/ money asker/ donor schmoozer”- aka NOT ME.
So, I took to the internet and started looking for (another) new job!
If you’ve been reading Live, Run, Grow for awhile now, you may know that I left my full time job in event management in New York to pursue a 5 year plan that would (hopefully!) end with me becoming a Physical Therapist!
The plan required me to take a couple of years worth of science, math and psychology pre-requisite classes and then applying (and hopefully getting in to!) a doctorate of physical therapy program.
My 5 year plan has gotten a bit off track and turned to more of a 7 year plan because of some delays/ distractions/ bumps in the road, but when we moved to the Cape I was still hoping to work towards physical therapy school…
So, I present my new job – Physical Therapy Aide!
A physical therapy aide is a completely entry level job that you don’t need any specific training for (although you learn tons on the job!) and includes a lot of the not so glamorous work around the PT facility and gym like washing and folding towels, wiping down equipment and taking care of the pool, BUT I also get to work directly with patients and spend my days working alongside and observing physical therapists! (Plus there’s a gym, so I’ll be teaching yoga classes there as well soon!)
Basically, a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant puts together an exercise program for a patient and then they may ask an aide to go through the exercises with the patient and then we’ll get them ice or heat to finish up with – in between patients we do all the other “not as glamorous” stuff.
So far I’m really enjoying it – I’m on my feet keeping busy interacting with people all day (MUCH better than sitting in front of a computer all day!) and I’m already learning lots of different land and aquatic exercises (I LOVE aquatic therapy!) and have even begun working through patients exercises with them on my own!
It’s entry level and low paying, but I really do think it’s a great job for me right now and the experience is unbeatable to get me to my ultimate long term goals – a step in the right direction at least!
Have you ever taken a step back to move forward?
How do you keep focused on long-term goals?
**P.S. look for my 5 year plan to be updated soon!**