Internships Play a Vital Role to Student Futures

Internships Play a Vital Role to Student Futures

by Amanda Ita

People always say, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”, well just because you know Carrie Underwood doesn’t mean you can sing.

Starting this summer, I have had the privilege of working at the Mercy Indianola Physical Therapy clinic as a physical therapist technician. I decided to pursue this job because about six months prior, I had decided I wanted to attend graduate school for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. I had heard through the grapevine that it would be in my best interest to get a job as a PT Tech to help my chances of getting into a DPT program. I started searching in the Des Moines area for any PT Tech jobs, and sure enough, found one right here in Indianola.

I started right away in June and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. As a tech, I assist the licensed physical therapist with a variety of tasks. I run patients through their strengthening and rehabilitation exercises, use a variety of modalities to help rehab the patient, clean and maintain the gym area and file paperwork. Working one-on-one with patients has given me great experience in developing personal and workplace skills that will help me in my future career.

So I guess the moral of my short perspective story is to not be afraid to get out and apply for that job or internship that may force you to step outside of your comfort zone. Meet new people, enjoy the unknown and become comfortable taking new risks.

The best way to learn more about your potential career and future is to step right into a position that has the likelihood of blossoming your profession. One should never underestimate the power of influence gained through social networking. Collect business cards and contact information from the people you meet and do not be afraid to call for advice or email them with any questions related to their interests. And lastly, gain knowledge by experience. Learn from your past work experiences and from the experiences of others.

Pay attention to small and big details. People who do not experiment and observe take a long time to learn. You may encounter failure, but do not become discouraged because failures are a part of the learning curve, too. Now get out there and learn something new!