I have always wanted to make a difference and help people overcome obstacles they may face in everyday life. After doing voluntary work in support groups and helping young adults access music-based learning I realised that for me to really gain the benefits of making a difference, Occupational Therapy has it covered. I chose to study the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course at the University of Sunderland because of how accessible it is; I love how the campus has all the amenities I need and there is only a short walk to the city centre.
My favourite part of the course is working directly with service users, I find listening to people who have been challenged by hardships in their everyday life – whether that be physical impairments or mental health problems – inspiring. We get to see the reality of challenges they have and may face in the future. The course itself allows us to prepare for future situations where we can input our experiences to make a real difference. A lot of service users are open to showing us the ‘do’s and don’ts’ where professional support is concerned, allowing us to come together as a team and really make a difference. I also love how Occupational Therapy is therapeutic! It has changed how I feel about the world we live in. I enjoy learning about the body function as a system and how having a ‘flow’ within ourselves allows us to achieve and accomplish everyday tasks with the right mindset. I really enjoy being at Sunderland as the staff are helpful, I feel supported when I need it and I enjoy meeting lots of like-minded people who are inspiring within themselves.
I would encourage prospective students to really consider Occupational Therapy as a career. If you are looking to make a difference and support vulnerable people, then this is the course for you. It allows you to not only develop your own skills, it also builds your foundations to change people's lives. My career aims are to go into Occupational Therapy with an open mind and an open heart. When I started studying, I thought that I would want to do one specific role. I have since found that I am excited to go on placements and really challenge myself to support others to have a better way of life.”
Published 3 November 2020