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How a hairdresser, come labourer, come sales exec became a specialist locum OT

How a hairdresser, come labourer, come sales exec became a specialist locum OT

Published on 26th September 2016

Hairdressing, being a labourer and working in advertising sales seem rare pre-requisites for a career in occupational therapy, yet it doesn’t appear to have done locum OT Marvin Reid any harm. In fact his extensive CV speaks volumes about his experience and confidence in his skills to the extent that he has only had to go for one interview since returning from travelling in India several years ago.

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The Flying OT: “Working with the aboriginal community was great – but you did have to watch out for the crocs!”

The Flying OT: “Working with the aboriginal community was great – but you did have to watch out for the crocs!”

Published on 30th August 2016

Occupational therapy? What’s that?

Working as a ‘flying OT’ with an indigenous tribal group covering a geographical area the size of the UK in desert or tropical forests, evading deadly spiders and reptiles, being referred to as ‘funny boy’ by the natives, earning a high wage and spending weekends scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef is, admittedly, not your typical occupational therapist role. However, it was the job that OT Gary Morris found himself doing when he applied for a job in Cairns, Australia in 2011 just three years after qualifying as an OT.

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