I started writing the essay a few separate times without looking at what I had written previously so that each time I wrote it, I wrote from a different angle. Eventually I read everything I had written, and pulled the parts I thought were best. If you think it would be helpful to look at other essays, I don’t think it will stunt your creativity, especially since you’re going to write about yourself and you can’t read that anywhere else.
But you don’t want ‘many’ people looking at your drafts. Choose one or two people who edit well and know your personality to catch any typos and offer up suggestions. If you pick more than that, you’re going to get pulled in too many directions and I think the quality will suffer.
At the end of the day, think of the essay as a chance to explain to schools how awesome you are, and how you’ll be a great physical therapist and an asset to their program. Convey these things in a way that your grades and test scores can’t. Good luck!
Although it seems a long time from now, in less than a year I’ll be looking for my first job as a licensed physical therapist! Here’s some advice from a Tumblr friend who just got her first job:
But my job search process began with writing a resume for a my college’s healthcare job fair. College career services is amazing and very helpful. Then at the job fair I researched each place before going, because why waste my time talking to some place I wouldn’t be willing to move to or don’t know what setting it even is. I had a couple interviews from that with one job offer that I turned down cause they wanted me to move. Then otherwise I just have been checking online job search engines, like career builder and indeed, weekly and have been checking individual business websites of locations I feel I’d have an interest working in.
One tip I have is research where you are thinking of applying before you actually apply, and talk to people that either currently or previously worked there (if you know them).
You have to know what you want before you start looking. Pick a setting, pick a time you are actually willing to start, are you willing to move?, would you be comfortable supervising a PTA and if so how many?, and so on. I didn’t start seriously applying till I got home from India because I was gone three weeks and didn’t want to have potential employers call and me to be unreachable. Some people started working right out of school with a temporary license while also studying for the boards. Before the boards I only applied to a couple full time jobs, now that I passed and have a license that was a sign too me to start looking at all other per diem and part time jobs.
Oh also ask your CIs if they’d be willing to be a work reference, most don’t mind but you should always ask. :)
Hi z0rba, the vast majority of application essays discuss the reason the applicant became interested in PT and/or the experience they’ve had in the field. It seems like your essay will fall into this category, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your essay has to sound like all the others. You should pick a topic about which you feel passionate and which describes you and and your interest in PT.
For example, I began my essay describing a high school cross country injury that first got me interested in PT. However, I made my essay stand out by describing my unique experience in my first career as a journalist and my background as a psychology major, and how these experiences would make me a great physical therapist.
The essay is the part of the application which should let each program get to know you beyond your GPA and test scores. Write it in a way in which you let your personality and best traits stand out and then it should be unique.