Tips for Job Searching and Three Ways to Prevent Burnout as a New Clinician (aka The Struggle).
I started job searching about two months prior to graduating, and got hired just a week before I completed my internship. I felt excited about walking out of internship, and straight into a job. Little did I know how the reality of working in an agency was about to smack me in the face!
They teach you very little about what the profession is actually like outside of practicum and internship. You get a taste of it during your time in internship, but since you don't have to be tied to hard deadlines, long meetings, audits, monthly reports, and can probably escape the bureaucracy of the workplace, you can get out of internship still feeling pretty energized about doing this work.
When I started my job, it was pretty straight forward, then I found myself doing everything but clinical work. Striking a balance between providing therapeutic services and also doing case management, or remaining engaged in session, while trying to remember when to submit job search records and checks, or keeping on top of my clients tracking and whereabouts while they're off site all become too much. The "other tasks" overshadowed the clinical work and I soon became burnt out!
This was year one. I started thinking there's no way that I can continue spinning on the wheel. So I started the hunt for a new position. In the guide, I'll share what I learned and want you to know about job searching as a new clinician and how to prevent burnout.