If you work as a speech therapist, you might be aware that one option you have is to work as a traveling therapist. You would work through an agency that would give you temporary assignments at various locations.
In addition to the travel aspect itself, which offers you a chance to see different parts of the country, there are other advantages to being a traveling speech therapist, advantages which can help to boost your career. Here are a few.
- The chance to work at different medical centers. By working at different types of facilities, you are exposed to different procedures, processes, and ways of treating patients. You get a look at different approaches to speech therapy, which in turn can help your own treatment of patients, and make you a more attractive job candidate for other positions. As you travel, you may get the opportunity to work in a public or private hospital, a skilled nursing facility, a long-term acute care facility, or at schools, colleges or universities.
- The opportunity to work with different people. Working at different facilities also gives you the opportunity to work with different physicians, speech therapists and other health care professionals from around the country. You get the opportunity to see how various people approach patients and caregiving, which again can be beneficial for your own therapy practice, and which can also be an aid to your own career.
- It shows initiative. It takes a person with more than the usual initiative to undertake a lifestyle of travel and work. To work as a traveling speech therapist takes a person who is adaptable, energetic, flexible, disciplined, open minded, open to new experiences and ways of doing things, a person who can work with different people in different environments. All of these are valuable qualities to employers.
- It gives you new experiences.Traveling itself is a learning experience. You see different places and different kinds of people; you learn about new cultures and customs. You also get a more varied and broad view of world. It gives the employer evidence that you can deal with diverse situations and people. This, too, is something that would impress potential employers.
If you’re a speech therapist with at least one or two years of recent professional experience and you’d like more information about working as a traveler, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing from you.