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Your Journey to a Career in Hand Therapy: How to Secure Your Dream Job.

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Getting into hand therapy can be challenging, especially when job ads often require 2-3 years of experience. However, there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of securing a job in hand therapy:

Prioritise hand therapy for your student placement: When choosing your student placement, make hand therapy your top choice. Private hand therapy clinics are more likely to invest their time and attention in students who are dedicated to pursuing a career in hand therapy. By expressing your interest early on, you increase your chances of being selected for a placement.

Volunteer at hand therapy clinics: If you're unable to secure a formal hand therapy placement, consider volunteering at a clinic during non-peak times. Offer to help out on Saturdays, school holidays, or during off-season periods. While volunteering, be proactive and offer to assist with various tasks. This willingness to contribute will be noticed and appreciated by the therapists, and they may allow you to observe and learn in return.

Attend professional development meetings: Look for professional development meetings organised by the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) in your state. These meetings may be conducted online or face-to-face. As a student, your first meeting with the AHTA is usually free. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce yourself to hand therapists who are in attendance. Networking and making connections within the field can be invaluable.

Continuously educate yourself: Demonstrate your commitment to a career in hand therapy by engaging in ongoing education and staying up to date with the latest advancements in the field. Attend webinars, workshops, and conferences related to hand therapy. Include these experiences on your CV to showcase your dedication and passion for the field.

Pursue postgraduate education in hand therapy: Consider enrolling in an AHTA course or pursuing a master's degree specialising in hand therapy. These programs provide comprehensive education and training specific to the field. Alternatively, you can seek employment with an organisation willing to support you in a fellowship program. This combination of working in a hand therapy clinic and receiving specialised training can provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to excel in hand therapy.

Remember, persistence is key when trying to break into any specialised field. Keep applying for relevant positions, network with professionals in the field, and continue to enhance your skills and knowledge. Over time, your efforts and dedication will increase your chances of landing a job in hand therapy.

Karen Fitt
CEO Hand Faculty

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