Why You Should Continue Your Education After Landing the Job
December 19th, 2017
Navigating your way towards a physical therapy career involves extensive time, education, hard work and determination. You’ll learn information not just through your textbooks and professors, but in various environments outside of the classroom, especially in the workplace. This is true for all professions in the healthcare industry.
As you’ll quickly see, your training never stops as a physical therapist, especially once you land your first job. Working in the industry, no matter your career in physical therapy, will require you to maintain your license through continued education.
In fact, the vision of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is “To achieve a high level of public protection through a strong foundation of laws and regulatory standards in physical therapy, effective tools and systems to assess entry-level and continuing competence, and public and professional awareness of resources for public protection.”
What are the benefits to continuing your education after graduation? Below are three benefits.
1. Enhance your marketability
A great way to look better to an employer or for your future career path in physical therapy is to always be developing new skills through continuing education and training. When you take the time to develop and grow at your job it can be a great stepping stone towards a promotion or obtaining your dream job.
Furthermore, you’ll find yourself more motivated and engaged when setting goals related to developing your skill set. The healthcare industry is affected by new tech, software and processes all the time, so it’s vital that you’re up-to-date on the latest information.
2. Reduce stress
Most states have a license term of two years. If you’re not continually learning, you’ll most likely feel a large amount of stress every time you hastily sign up for a course or take an exam. Reduce stress by taking the time to search for courses that fit your specific state requirements and can be beneficial to your job.
A simple Google search can help you narrow hundreds of courses to ones that are state approved. Remember that the governing bodies that approve the courses can vary by state and frequently, agencies can approve or disapprove a course.
Lastly, there will be opportunities to network within your continuing education courses and trainings. As you meet and network with people, you’ll be able to build lasting relationships and even find mentors to help you throughout your career. Or become a mentor to someone else on the career path towards becoming a physical therapist.
In addition, it’s important that as a physical therapist you are active in promoting the profession and a great way is to not only be continually learning, but network at these events and workshops.
As you can see, continuing your education after obtaining a degree is vital in the physical therapy industry and will provide the growth and motivation you need in order to be successful and happy throughout your career.