If you would like a job helping people this could be perfect for you. Occupational therapists help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illness, an accident or the ageing process. They work with clients to help them lead full and independent lives and, where possible, prevent disability.
To do this job you will need to have a degree, or have completed a postgraduate course.
You will also need to have good working relationships with people. You will need to motivate clients who are disappointed or frustrated. You will also need to have patience, determination and a positive attitude.
As an occupational therapist, you would often work with clients on a one-to-one basis and adapt treatment programmes to suit each person's needs and lifestyle. Your work could include things like; teaching an older patient recovering from a stroke how to dress themselves, encouraging someone suffering with depression to take up a hobby or activity, suggesting ways to adapt an office so that an employee injured in a car accident can return to work or helping clients adjust to permanent disabilities.