I am a 24 year old who has spent the past two years (since graduating with my degree in psychology) travelling, living, and working abroad. My time away from home has given me a lot of time to think about what I want to do, and I have come to the conclusion that OT may just be the career for me. The plan as of now is to apply for Fall 2013 programs. Between now and then I plan to-
Spend now until July 2012 living and working in New Zealand (one last trave hoorah)
August-December 2012- Volunteer oir intern in a couple of different OT settings and take a few pre requisite courses I am missing.
December 2012- Apply for programs
January-July- Continue saving money for school and volunteering.
My question is whether or not 6 months is enough volunteer experience to be considered for a good program, or if I should skip the New Zealand trip in favor of having a year experience under my belt by the time applications are due.
Also, what kind of volunteer experience do you recommnend? My ultimate goal is to do in home care with aging populations. Is there any chance I could find paid work in the field between now and when I start school?
Thank you so very much for your help!