Zainab khan is an Occupational Therapy student currently in her third year at the University of Bradford.
When it came to deciding what I wanted to do after school I was not set on a particular profession. However, a few OTs and an OT students at my sixth form visited to give a talk about the profession. This influenced me into exploring OT further as I was interested in the nature of the course.
One thing that I liked about the course was that it was very practical offering numerous placements throughout the three years. I felt that this was beneficial as it would equip me with skills, knowledge and experience to become a registered Occupational Therapist.
Completing charity work in my spare time and being involved in a charity group allowed me to gain communication and teamworking skills. This is essential in OT as we work with a wide range of different community groups such as children, adults and the elderly. I came to find that I loved working with different communities and thus felt that this was a course I wanted to do.
It is important to explore the different professions out there and do your research thoroughly and recognise what your interests are and what you enjoy – this will enable you to make an informed choice about your future career.