Having the responsibility to care for others who are

Having
the responsibility to care for others who are weak and who suffer from physical
and mental health issues is something I have always respected and admired. These
people encouraged others to be optimistic and assured that one day with their
guidance, their patient will progress and become self reliant.

I
first discovered occupational therapy during my work experience at a care home where

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an
occupational therapist visited to help one of the elderly residents. This
career intrigued me and after having done some research, it is the career path
I want to pursue. The idea of being able to connect with people and build a strong
working relationship where I can encourage and guide them to reach beyond their
goals is an objective I aspire to achieve. I feel great empathy for the elderly
and I always feel compelled to help them. For 8 years I lived and grew up in
the care of my grandparents. Through old age, my grandma’s ability to move has
been limited due to arthritis and she therefore spends most of her day either
sitting down or in bed. At a young age, there was nothing I could do to help
her situation. That feeling of helplessness propelled my ambition of creating a
difference in assisting people to improve their health and lifestyle for the
better.

Having
volunteered at Penpergwm, I had the chance to experience being a staff
assistant at a care home. I supported the elderly with their daily activities
and carried out entertainments such as drawing and painting, which practiced
their fine motor skills. This experienced allowed me to further understand the
expectations of working with older patients.

I
was also lucky enough to have had the opportunity in assisting teachers in
Deri-View Primary School for a week and I have volunteered in crèche, providing
extra help to care for infants. With great observation and practice, I learned various
strategies to help enhance the children’s skills and more than that, I was able
to develop my communication and interpersonal skills.

Analysis
of social interaction, practicing in a health care environment and studying the
different types of medical conditions, are examples of topics that we learn in
health studies. The research, teaching and the practice I gain from this
subject is beneficial in learning how to adjust to different situations and
envision the reality of working in a health care setting. One specific topic
was the study of communication where I was able to obtain information on the
different forms of communication, barriers to it and how to effectively communicate.
I am aware that this is significantly important in the first contact with the
patient and providing baseline information before planning intervention.

Throughout
the year I have enjoyed studying Welsh Baccalaureate because it covered topics
that enabled us to relate and practice into the real world. This subject
boosted my organization and creative thinking skills as well as my
communication skills. These skills will be beneficial for the occupational
therapy course I would like to study in university in terms of maintaining
important documented records and being able to strategically think of different
methods to help patients with different conditions.

Completing
the bronze DofE award has advanced my social skills and self-discipline. It has
challenged me to adapt to strenuous activity during the expedition as well as
work together with my team to combine the knowledge we attained to complete the
excursion within the time limit.

Through
my part time job, I am capable of adapting to different working environments
and gained self-confidence. Having a job has allowed me to grow as an
independent individual by teaching me how to cooperate and deal with difficult
situations. Overtime I have learned to balance my responsibility with
schoolwork and my job.

I
am a hardworking, driven student who intends to persevere in achieving my goal
and passion to lead people to a more successful independent life. I am ready to
create my own path and face new challenges that I will encounter.  

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