I always knew, growing up that I wanted to get into a profession in which I could help people.
During my research when leaving secondary school, I heard about Occupational Therapy. After learning more about the profession I felt that fundamentally the profession really clicked with me as a person, helping people to live their lives to the best of their abilities was what I wanted to do and this would give me the skills to do it.
During my time working in a hospital here in Singapore, I was working with a client with a wrist fracture. This client was unable to use her hand since her injury even when everything had healed. At the point of working with me, the client had lost hope of ever using her hand again. Slowly over months of therapy, through close working with the client and focusing on the activities that she prioritised as the most important to her, we were able to help this client return to functional activities and independence in the activities that she valued. I found this rewarding and reaffirming of the role that the occupational therapist has across the lifespan in all areas of our lives.
Of all the courses and workshops that I have attended, I find it difficult to choose one that is the most enlightening. What I find really helpful and practical to my learning are the weekly continuing education sessions we have with the team. In these sessions we can share with each other all of the workshops we have attended and together we can work out how to use the information learned practically with our own clients. The shared experience is very important in developing our skills as a team.
I would like to spend a day with one of the clients that I see in the clinic. I would like to be like a ‘fly on the wall’ and gain an insight into normal daily life for the children we treat. This would be really important to my skills and knowledge as an occupational therapist, as at our core we aim to work on skills for living and attaining independence in daily life. I can gain a much clearer view of the client seeing them in their own environment than we can ever see from one hour in a clinic.
In my spare time I like to go to the gym, read books and spend time with friends. At the weekends I like to explore Singapore and try out all of the active things you can do here.