It’s hard to believe that a whole year has flown by since I graduated and began my adventure as a New Graduate Speech Pathologist at Spot Therapy Hub.
The Transition from Student to Professional:
Transitioning from the structured academic setting that is university to the professional world has been an exhilarating yet demanding experience. I’ve realised the importance of finding a team that offers strong support, especially through consistent weekly supervision. SPOT not only understands this crucial need but also boasts a fantastic, approachable team always available to answer any queries, any time of the day. While university provided a familiar environment, stepping into the realm of speech therapy brought forth a whole new spectrum of responsibilities and challenges. SPOT shines in providing a safe, nurturing clinical setting where you can apply your knowledge and skills with guidance and support.
My first year as a graduate speech therapist has been filled with nvaluable clinical encounters. Working with a diverse array of clients has been enlightening, each presenting unique profiles. These hands-on experiences have allowed me to bridge theory with practice, fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities within speech therapy.
The Learning Never Stops:
A significant lesson learned in this past year is that learning is a perpetual process. The graduate program provides a strong foundation for professional development, and every day presents opportunities for continuous growth and refinement of skills. Staying abreast of the latest research and therapeutic techniques is vital in delivering optimal care for my clients. SPOT’s Internal Training platform, Organised PD Days during the SchoolHolidays and SPOTt’s Social Media Accounts played an important role in my learning. Kate Broderick, SPOT’s Director with dual qualifications in Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy, serves as a boundless source of knowledge, always ready to address any question, no matter its magnitude.
Building relationships has been one of the most gratifying aspects of my journey at SPOT. Establishing trust and connection with clients and their families is pivotal in our field, and witnessing the positive impact I can make in someone’s life is profoundly fulfilling.
At SPOT, the friendly and supportive environment, combined with the dedication to client-centered care, resonates deeply with my values. The emphasis on a functional approach to therapy aligns perfectly with my beliefs, making SPOT an incredible place to grow and thrive in this field.