As with almost any profession, searching for a job is all about the benefits and strategic building of one’s resume for future opportunities. For newly graduated therapy professionals looking to travel, the start of a career can be accelerated with a supportive work environment and the chance to receive mentorship from seasoned therapists in the field.
Years of schooling may have provided all the technical information you could possibly handle, and yet there always seems like there’s something more to learn in the world of travel therapy.
Although many budding therapy professionals choose to enter an official, academic residency program straight out of college, others may choose a mentorship that allows greater flexibility while keeping the experience consistent. This can make the transition between school and a career a little more smooth compared to jumping right in with little to no actual experience.
Getting paired with a knowledgeable mentor can have a wide range of benefits:
Learn what you never could in the classroom:
A seasoned mentor can be your way to get the inside scoop on all aspects of the job. From everything from patients to paperwork, they’ve have handled it and made the same mistakes that all therapists do when they first begin their careers. Learning the industry from people who’ve been there for years is a great way to gain useful perspectives on how to forge your own path in the world of travel therapy.
Get paid as you learn:
Now instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for your education, a mentorship will actually pay YOU to learn. Think about it this way: Hospitals and healthcare facilities want and need their staff to be successful, so not only are they investing in you, but also the future of their own employees. Mentorships are usually structured to teach you most of everything you’ll need to know in order to ensure you’ll be proficient in what you do. Although you and your mentor are likely to be paired based on supply and demand, it’s your job to work with anyone who might come through your facility’s doors – whether that’s a patient or another professional.
Network to Grow:
If perhaps a mentorship reveals that you’ll need to find a new environment to work or you planned on traveling all along, at least you’ll have the opportunity to expand your network during your time spent in that position. Connecting with others in your field can help to keep you updated on any job openings, as well as what is going on in the industry. Checking back with your alma mater is also a great way to stay connected with professors and other people who are in the world of therapy.
Although mentoring relationships may not be quite as hands-on as working with a professor or colleague, your program will still be dedicated to your success. Mentorships allow employers to recruit and retain the brightest talent, while attracting other potential employees. These programs also help to diversify facilities to provide patients and clients with the widest range of experts possible.
For organizations with unique techniques or practices, mentorships can provide a great way to imbue staff with a specific skillset beyond the standard training. Through the process of a mentoring relationship, you’ll be better equipped to decide if an employer is right for you and how your career can evolve.
Overall, mentorships are a vital way to keep therapy jobs thriving and fully stocked with dedicated professionals looking toward the future.