Prothima Paul

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

  • Moved to Bradford from Oldham, Manchester
  • Has gained confidence from her placement experiences
  • Starting a role as an Occupational Therapist on physical rotation in Manchester
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Why did you want to study Occupational Therapy?

I chose Occupational Therapy because I did some research into the career when I was studying my A-Levels.

I decided to complete some work experience shadowing a Occupational Therapist which made me realise this is what I wanted to do.

Why did you choose the University of Bradford?

One of the reasons I wanted to study at Bradford in particular was because the cohort of OT students is really small here. I wanted to have more interaction with the lectures and get to know my peers.

It was good to know everyone on the course, it made it easy to make friends and talk about the assignments.

What has been your favourite part of the course?

The variety of the placements opportunities. I have gained experience in mental health, physical and pediatric roles during my degree.

It helps you learn and experience everything before you start working in real-life, giving you the chance to see what particular areas you want to go into.

In my first year I thought I wanted to go into mental health but now I know I want physical. I want to work with people that have suffered from strokes and other acute neuro problems.

What have you gained from your placements?

The main thing for me is confidence. In my first year I would go into placements and be too nervous to speak to people or ask questions, in fear they would think I didn’t know anything. I now know that its ok to be nervous and ask a lot more questions.

My knowledge of Occupational Therapy has grown a lot and I have gained valuable skills around communication - I now know how to adapt my communication depending on the patients I'm dealing with.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying Occupational Therapy?

I'd say do some shadowing to gain experience and an understanding of what this course is about.

I would definitely recommend the University of Bradford, its a really friendly place to come to uni. Everyone on campus is approachable because it’s a small community.

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