Adventures with Advanced Medical

This blog post brought to you by our friends at Advanced Medical:

Advanced Medical, a travel therapy company that provides great nationwide opportunities for traveling Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists in the specialty of your choice.  Search their travel SLP jobs on their site and know that their goal is to make your travel therapy experience an enjoyable and memorable one.

This blog post is also known as…OH MY GOSH someone wanted to interview me!

Alternately known as Resistance is Futile…just give in already!

Yes…you heard me. Someone saw my blog and liked it enough to interview me. WOW!  Needless to say, I was honored to give the interview… You can read my interview here.

If you know me in real life or from twitter, and as you’ve probably gathered from my blog posts here…I’m fairly open and direct. I try hard to be tactful (usually) and I’m the first to admit that I don’t know it all (quickly followed by finding out the answer…I hate not knowing things!). All in all…I’m just a regular person.

So, imagine my surprise when I opened my email and read an invitation to be interviewed.

What? You want to Interview me?

I can imagine so many more people who would be more interesting. But, sure…I’ll answer your questions. As I was doing so…and because of some recent happenings with some of the #SLPeeps (no, I’m not going into that here…that’s another blog post – BUT IT’S EXCITING!), I was reminded of how things get started.

I resisted going to college for many years (many years!). I honestly did not believe I was smart enough to be successful at college. Eventually though, I went to college and I started as an SLP to pay forward the help I received with my daughter. I worked hard at school, and I’d like to think I was successful. I love my career and that helps… but in reality, I had no idea when I started where I’d end up. I certainly didn’t expect to be loving my career in rural North Dakota of all places!

I resisted twitter for a long time. Mostly for petty reasons that I won’t go into here. When I finally began to twitter, I had no idea that I’d be one of the founding members of the SLPeeps or that it would grow into an amazing professional network with thousands of SLPs participating. (By the way, if you’re not on twitter yet – you are really missing some prime networking…many cool and relevant things are discussed daily!). I also didn’t know that twitter would lead to my app development; but it has and that’s been wonderful. I’ve gained many new friends and partnerships and it’s amazing. Not to mention, I’m published…I’m an app author. Man, that feels good to say!

I resisted blogging for a long time too. I didn’t think I had enough interesting things to share, no one would want to read what I had to write, and I was worried if I’d have enough time to do it well. When I finally started to blog, I had no idea what a fascinating thing it would become. I have learned a lot about myself as well as others. I’ve gained new therapy techniques; and I’ve gained even more networking possibilities.

When I started the interview for Advanced Medical, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I’ve had my share of headhunters cold call me. The first 3 or 4 were exciting (OH MY gosh … a headhunter…and they want me!)… The others, not so much. But, then the request for an interview came. I realized what an amazing opportunity this could be. Not only would it help drive traffic to my site (possibly)…but I would get to learn about this company that I knew very little about.

I’m glad I did the interview. It gave me the reason to look over their website, and it made  me realize…I may be resistant to being a travel therapist right now…but that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be an amazing opportunity. Perhaps it’s the next great adventure waiting for me. Not any time soon…but eventually.

Have you ever worked as a travel therapist? Have you ever been so resistant to a new idea only to find out that it was truly a great thing? How do you handle that uncertainly that comes with new adventures? I’d love to hear!

Until then…Adventure on!

Mary

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One thought on “Adventures with Advanced Medical

  1. I’m glad you started blogging and twittering and all things social networking. You never know who will find what you have to say interesting. Always makes you feel great…that “OH MY GOSH someone wants to interview me?” kind of great 🙂

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