Charlotte is the newest member of the Aim2Walk therapy team. She is a new grad, but an experienced (previous work with the Lokomat at McMaster University) and vital contributor to the recovery of our clients. Charlotte has gradually broken out of her shell, with the help of a hammer and chisel, and she is growing into an excellent therapist. Please enjoy her glowing review of her first few months at Aim2Walk…she either really loves it here, or she wants a raise 🙂
Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I just graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Kinesiology. This whole degree thing meant that I was sort of expected to grow up a little and become more of an adult – a scary thought for me! I started looking for jobs but I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to do. I’ve previously worked with people who have spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis (and loved it), so when I heard about a job opening at Aim2Walk, I jumped on the opportunity. And now here I am writing my first blog post ever, it’s almost like I’m a real person! (Editor’s Note: Charlotte is not yet a “real person”, but hopefully will be someday soon).
I’ve only been at the clinic since the beginning of May, so I thought it would be appropriate to write this post from my perspective as the noobie of Aim2Walk.
I knew this job would be different from any other that I’ve had just based on the interview. Matt was super relaxed, showed me around, let me wander the clinic by myself (Editor’s Note: as with my own kids, Charlotte only thought she was “wandering” unsupervised), and then I was introduced to Jesse. I was obviously nervous as this was my first “big girl” job interview, and when I went to shake Jesse’s hand he commented on how nervous I must be because of how sweaty my hands were …thanks Jesse! Luckily, sweaty hands weren’t on the “do not hire” list.
I started my first day and I have to admit, it was slightly overwhelming. Meeting all the clients as well as the staff, plus learning about all the cool technology that I would someday have to use on my own was quite intimidating. But I survived, and I survived the next week and I’m still here today! That is because of the awesome people at Aim2Walk. I’ve never been to a clinic where all of the staff is so open to learning new methods and teaching their own area of expertise in a way that makes you feel useful. Usually you have to deal with someone thinking that their way is the best way or people talking down to you because you don’t know how to do something, but not at Aim2Walk. I don’t know if it was this sense of teamwork, Tara’s dancing, or Michelle’s singing that made me feel comfortable in the clinic, but I knew I was going to like it here.
Although I survived my first week, it came with an overload of information from all directions. Using all of the different machines, learning A LOT of new names and faces, and trying to understand Jesse’s sense of humour was plenty to handle, but I felt I was up for the challenge. Getting trained on all of the new technology and machines helped me feel more useful in the clinic because I could start setting people up by myself! Then came the learning of clients’ names, which I like to believe I have a solid handle on now. After getting the basics down, I knew I still had a lot to learn and I know I still have a lot more to learn. Luckily, I am in the best possible setting for learning with extremely knowledgeable people who are willing to teach me.
I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better first “big girl” job.