OT is a great profession! We truly believe this and that Occupational Therapists are amazing people who believe passionately about helping others achieve meaningful occupation, participation and engagement.
But what were your hopes when you first trained as an OT? How have your expectations been fulfilled?
Many OTs are facing a turning point in their careers.
Certainly in the UK, in statutory services like the NHS and Social Care Services, the promise of a safe and secure job is no longer available. This coupled with the increasing devaluation of your skills, which, many of you describe, means that the job you trained for has almost vanished. Many newly qualified OT’s are finding that “OT jobs” just do not exist.
People often get “stuck” when they start thinking about change. Worries about pensions and security come to the surface. Confidence issues nag at us telling us we can’t do anything else. Time constraints reinforce the difficulty we perceive in moving forward. Attachment to our job title can often stop us seeing our skills in broader sense.
We offer individual coaching for OT’s provided by OTs. We support OT’s to “Recraft” their work: analysing strengths, developing a vision and crafting a work life for greater fulfilment and balance.
So whether you want to start your own independent OT service, start a totally different business, change career direction, write that book which has been nagging at you for years, retrain in something completely different, move to France and paint or own a vineyard, we believe you can do it! Now is your time to shine!
Here’s what OT’s have to say:
“The coaching has given me confidence. My uncertainty about the future has gone and I have clarity of vision. I’m now happy to make plans and having goals and working between sessions helped. It’s an ongoing process and I’m willing to take more risks”
“In retrospect I now think I’ve changed the way I deal with things. I feel I’ve got more time. I don’t rush at things. I’ve got more control – not panicking any more, not stressing and being more objective. I can stand back and see the wider picture. I am standing in my own power”
“It was a great experience… and I would love to do coaching in OT. We can’t facilitate others to be unless we are that ourselves”
“It really gave me a confidence boost. Being listened to in this way felt special and it really helped me to clarify where I’m going”
Does your OT service or department need support?
Is your service in the throws of change which staff are finding difficult to handle?
Is moral low and stress high?
Fostering a coaching culture at work can improve motivation, reduce burnout and stress and improve engagement as well as:
- Enhancing performance
- Supporting a specific individual or team project
- Integrating learning from courses into the workplace
- Improving staff retention
- Career planning/personal development
- “growing” future senior staff
- Fostering a culture of learning and development
- Accelerating change in organisation
- Enhancing creativity and innovation
(adapted from Foster-Turner 2006)
At OTCoach we offer bespoke training and development days, tailored to your individual needs.
Feedback from Hertfordshire County Council following a recent individual training day “Coaching as a tool to enable service users”
“really insightful into the therapeutic use of self and our own values and beliefs”
“would consider further learning”
“we need more courses like this that are OT specific and challenge our thinking”.
Jen’s remit was to provide an introduction to coaching and its potential use as a tool to enable clients. It could easily have been a two day course but still provided participants with ideas and practical tools. Thank you.’
To discuss an idea for training, development or group coaching or mentoring, please call us for an informal chat 07772267004 or firstname.lastname@example.org