I am wondering this too. I have a bachelor degree in psych but that was almost 7 years ago. I am currently working on a mpa but I am concerned about getting a job with this degree after graduation. Even the government jobs these days are highly competitive due to ppl switching over from the private sector. I have been highly discouraged by others and even read several blogs about not going to law school.
I was looking into going to school for social work, but I have heard about burn out, being overworked, and low pay (esp in terms of the job.) Someone on the job indeed form for sw mentioned they wish they had gone into occupational therapy. I started researching and thought hey I could do this and enjoy it.
I am in the process of setting up observations. I figure this is a great idea for me to get a better taste of the field even if it wasn't a requirement for schools. I contacted the only hospital we have and also a rehabilitation facility.
I am struggling trying to decide if I want to go for the COTA or MOT. Like I said earlier, I do have a bachelor degree but my gpa is low, only a 3.1. I noticed almost all of the schools require a 3.0 but the programs are competitive. I would have to take almost all of the prereqs particularly in science and math. I live in a somewhat small town and unfortunately the nearest COTA program is 3 hours away. I recently had to move back home so I don't have the financial resources at the moment to live on my own which makes me apprehensive about moving for school just yet. Both the OTA and COTA take 2 years and I'm now 29 so I want to be effective with my time. With the COTA I could possibly work for a little while and maybe go to school, but with the MOT I'd have more money and more employment opportunities and flexibility.
I suppose I can take the prereqs for MOT and apply everywhere. Then if I don't get in maybe I can move and complete an COTA program. Does anyone have any advice or opinions?