Change comes in many forms. Often it is a quote we read, a story we hear or an event we witness. For me, it was a career switch to become a physiotherapist.
I completed my degree and was working. However, the unsatisfactory life drove me to ponder about the missed opportunities, and deliberate about returning to study. When I chanced upon the Professional Conversion Programme, or PCP in short, I decided to send in my application and give it a try. This is a programme for working adults who are considering switching to an allied health career.
The first phase of the application process was a stringent screening of potential candidates over interviews. It was, in fact, the crucial trigger to my internal warfare. I began challenging myself to all the realities of life – a pay cut, returning to school, polarizing views from my family and friends and many more. Furthermore, the long wait for a reply did not make it easier. I continually re-evaluated my decision.
Unfortunately, my parents were not as keen as I hoped. They questioned the need for a diploma course despite having completed a degree. My family, along with other friends, highlighted the pain and financial worries that might come along with a pay cut. I became dumbfounded for I was unsure as well.
Eventually, I received a call from a hospital to attend a one-day attachment. This golden opportunity shed some light on a physiotherapist’s job. I also made small talk with the approachable and helpful physiotherapist whom I was attached with. She gladly shared insight of what to expect if I were to become a physiotherapist myself. I also found out that the hospital that contacted me is, in fact, my prospective sponsoring hospital. Having gone through a day of observation, I was affirmed to take up the PCP scholarship as it all boiled down to whether I liked what I saw.
The most difficult part of making a career change late in life is the multiple adjustments required of me. I made mindset changes and after that, everything else seemed to fall into place. My confidence demonstrated to everyone, especially my parents, to place trust in my decision. Furthermore, school had also turned out pretty well!
I made the change for my life. For those who are keen, I do understand some of your worries. However, it truly takes a load of risk and an armory of courage to take the leap. No one single survival kit would prepare all individuals to what they may experience. But, I hope what I have shared would help in some way!
On 28th October 2013, students from NYP and SIT-TCD students gathered for an introductory to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress 2015. The visiting delegates were greeted with enthusiasm from the students. The congress, held every 4 years, has finally arrived at Singapore! It will be held on 1st to 4th May 2015.
The WCPT 2015 will be an amazing platform to broad and deepen one’s physiotherapy-related knowledge over the 3 days. The focus of the congress will include topics revolving global health, professional issues, professional practice, education and research methodology. The congress will be expecting over 2000 overseas delegates right here in Singapore.
Working hand-in-hand with Singapore Physiotherapy Association (SPA), NYP and SIT-TCD students will be taking part as volunteers! Being a volunteer in a congress of such magnitude will not be an easy task but it’s a good opportunity to interact with international physiotherapists and other professionals. I am looking forward to this exciting event and hope to see you there too! Take a look at the following promotional video for more information.
The school holidays are behind us; shoved aside by the new semester with all the indifference of a big bad bully. Sitting anxiously in the lecture theatres, students will once again take up pen, paper and camera phone in a futile attempt to capture the flood of new knowledge that threatens to drown the minds of the unprepared. Every exam tip thrown out by the very generous (and good-looking) lecturers (All hail!) will once again be pounced upon like vultures to a carcass. Between lectures, the corridors of Blocks H, J and K will once again become a hive of activity, with students zipping zestfully to their next destination; buzzing blissfully about the best deals in town, the latest episodes of their favourite television programme (Kwang Soo Daebak!) or about some people’s constant need to put food in their stomachs (Yes, you know who you are).
These all-too-familiar sights have found a warm, cosy abode in my heart. And although it has only been one semester, I already feel like I am a part of this community of professionals who are really passionate about what they do. But while I take comfort that some things will still stay the same, change is inevitable.
The next couple of semesters will be exciting for the 5th student’s council as we negotiate the trials and challenges of continuing the good work of the councils before us, while forging an identity of our own. For the year 3s, we are stoked to be planning your Graduation Dinner & Dance which will take place early next year. (More details will be released soon, so watch out for it!) For the year 1s and 2s, we will do our best to organise activities that represent your interests (suggestions are always welcome), so continue to lend us your support!
The next few years will also be thrilling for all physiotherapists and aspiring physiotherapists alike because the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress will be held in Singapore in May 2015! This event only takes place once every 4 years and it will be the 1st time it is held in Singapore (and only the 2nd time in an Asian country) since its inception.
Well, that’s it for now, have a great semester everyone!
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford
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Our annual Council Retreat is just round the corner! (T minus ~36 hours) Looks like it’s time to pass the baton to our juniors! Meanwhile, here’s a picture of us at last year’s retreat. Wow about a year has already passed. Let’s hope we have all grown to be better in one way or another!
Hi everyone! How have you been doing? Fine, I hope!
Just wanted to share with you all something from the APTSA! They are having their 4th Congress this year in Taiwan, from the 3rd – 6th of September. For more information, here are screenshots of the invitation letter for you to refer to!
Pretty sure this would be an amazing experience!!
And…how do I know that?? Well, last month, I had the privilege of meeting Niney, the President of APTSA, together with her friends and colleagues! (below are some photos!) They were really hospitable and welcoming, and shared a fair bit of APTSA. I admired how committed they were to it, given that the members are representatives of various countries. Guess long-distance relationships do work after all, aye? Jokes aside, I personally would love to go, if not for the unfortunate clash of events during those dates. So please, to those of you out there who want to and CAN afford to go, PLEASE JUST GO AHEAD AND SIGN UP ALREADY!
With Lin and Pon!
For further information, clarification, or any queries about the 4th APTSA Congress, do refer them to email@example.com!
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Thanks and all the best to everyone for exams and clinicals!!