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I want to quit physio, maybe to start a career in IT

Hey all,

I am in my final year of PT and I am sick of it. In short, I have lost my patience and I turned out to be a lot less sociable than I expected before I applied. I know this sounds terrible but it might have been caused by burnout as well from the academic and placement side of things. Being on placement in the NHS has turned my stomach and I felt like this isn't for me anymore.

I am looking into switching to other non-patient facing/ a job where patients have less chances to emotional dump within the NHS, or swap to IT if possible but I don't know where to start at all.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Original post by yousaname
Hey all,

I am in my final year of PT and I am sick of it. In short, I have lost my patience and I turned out to be a lot less sociable than I expected before I applied. I know this sounds terrible but it might have been caused by burnout as well from the academic and placement side of things. Being on placement in the NHS has turned my stomach and I felt like this isn't for me anymore.

I am looking into switching to other non-patient facing/ a job where patients have less chances to emotional dump within the NHS, or swap to IT if possible but I don't know where to start at all.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

You say that you're "in my final year". Given that it's now mid-April, you're presumably about 90% of the way through the course right now. Are you considering dropping out when you're so close to the finish line? Even if you immediately switch career, having a degree (any degree) rather than no degree to justify your last three years (or more) at uni would seem extremely beneficial.

Do you have any IT skills or experience? Have you considered doing a Computer Science Master's (which doesn't require a Computer Science undergraduate degree). For example, University of Birmingham detail one here and specify the entry requirements as "2:1 Honours degree in any subject other than computing".
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Original post by DataVenia
You say that you're "in my final year". Given that it's now mid-April, you're presumably about 90% of the way through the course right now. Are you considering dropping out when you're so close to the finish line? Even if you immediately switch career, having a degree (any degree) rather than no degree to justify your last three years (or more) at uni would seem extremely beneficial.
Do you have any IT skills or experience? Have you considered doing a Computer Science Master's (which doesn't require a Computer Science undergraduate degree). For example, University of Birmingham detail one here and specify the entry requirements as "2:1 Honours degree in any subject other than computing".

So I wouldn't drop out now. I will still finish the degree despite how **** it is and currently having a bad educator isn't helpful really. Currently I am pretty safe and will be fine at 2:1, hoping to get a 1st but it's been really difficult.

As of IT, I wouldn't say I have a lot of experience. I'm more on the hardware side of things where I build my own PCs and keyboards and I did some Python back in secondary school but nothing much. I would rather get like a starting, no experience job in IT than to continue with a physio job because 1) all of them are rejecting me at the moment 2) there is a very high chance I need to start as a Band 4 which is ridiculous with all the **** culture you need to put up with in the NHS with such a pay after spending 3 years, if it helps clear things up.
Original post by yousaname
So I wouldn't drop out now. I will still finish the degree despite how **** it is and currently having a bad educator isn't helpful really. Currently I am pretty safe and will be fine at 2:1, hoping to get a 1st but it's been really difficult.

As of IT, I wouldn't say I have a lot of experience. I'm more on the hardware side of things where I build my own PCs and keyboards and I did some Python back in secondary school but nothing much. I would rather get like a starting, no experience job in IT than to continue with a physio job because 1) all of them are rejecting me at the moment 2) there is a very high chance I need to start as a Band 4 which is ridiculous with all the **** culture you need to put up with in the NHS with such a pay after spending 3 years, if it helps clear things up.

Understood. With respect to a physiotherapy job you say, "all of them are rejecting me at the moment". Have you had a look around yet for a "no experience job in IT"? If you can find one then great. But I suspect that they're very unusual, given that it's not just a "no experience" job you're looking for - but a "no experience and no relevant qualification" job.
Original post by yousaname
So I wouldn't drop out now. I will still finish the degree despite how **** it is and currently having a bad educator isn't helpful really. Currently I am pretty safe and will be fine at 2:1, hoping to get a 1st but it's been really difficult.

As of IT, I wouldn't say I have a lot of experience. I'm more on the hardware side of things where I build my own PCs and keyboards and I did some Python back in secondary school but nothing much. I would rather get like a starting, no experience job in IT than to continue with a physio job because 1) all of them are rejecting me at the moment 2) there is a very high chance I need to start as a Band 4 which is ridiculous with all the **** culture you need to put up with in the NHS with such a pay after spending 3 years, if it helps clear things up.


You don't have to work for the NHS. Have you looked for physio jobs in the private sector? Also, it might be worth asking your uni careers service to have a look at your CV and covering letter, or ask for some interview guidance, if you are not having any success with applications.
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Original post by normaw
You don't have to work for the NHS. Have you looked for physio jobs in the private sector? Also, it might be worth asking your uni careers service to have a look at your CV and covering letter, or ask for some interview guidance, if you are not having any success with applications.

I did ask for the University careers advice, they even had like a day to go through applications with us but tbh they are very general advice, they didn't teach you that some NHS trusts use ATS and how to get around it, and how to write a personal statement that gets you an interview.

In terms of going private, I haven't given it a go yet but I'd imagine my qualifications may suit a private environment, but tbh most of them ask for previous private physio experience which I do not have any for placements.

I dont know if this is common but I am looking into having a research field work related to physiotherapy, but I am not sure if they would take on someone with just a BSc.
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 6
Original post by DataVenia
Understood. With respect to a physiotherapy job you say, "all of them are rejecting me at the moment". Have you had a look around yet for a "no experience job in IT"? If you can find one then great. But I suspect that they're very unusual, given that it's not just a "no experience" job you're looking for - but a "no experience and no relevant qualification" job.

Tbh I am looking more into like graduate schemes, or like to get some certificates before I apply for an IT job, but I just don't know where to start with these qualifications (not a full 3-year degree if we are talking short-term). Tbh I saw someone with a similar situation (also physio moving into IT) and loads of people say in IT, people learn on the job more than just learn CS in universities.

Obviously, having a CS degree would be an easier route to get in the industry, so I did think of doing a course on medical information technology in a few year's time to seem a bit more related to what I am doing as an undergrad. But that would take a longer time for me to earn some money before I can splash out on another degree.
Original post by yousaname
Tbh I am looking more into like graduate schemes, or like to get some certificates before I apply for an IT job, but I just don't know where to start with these qualifications (not a full 3-year degree if we are talking short-term). Tbh I saw someone with a similar situation (also physio moving into IT) and loads of people say in IT, people learn on the job more than just learn CS in universities.

Obviously, having a CS degree would be an easier route to get in the industry, so I did think of doing a course on medical information technology in a few year's time to seem a bit more related to what I am doing as an undergrad. But that would take a longer time for me to earn some money before I can splash out on another degree.

I'd agree that many IT roles are filled based upon the experience that someone has rather than the qualifications they have. However, gaining that experience is not always easy as you fall into the "how do I gain experience if all the jobs require experience" trap. I'd say that they are very few "no experience (or qualifications) required" jobs in IT. There might be some, but not many.

Rather than relying on what "loads of people say" (or what I'm saying, come to that), I suggest you find out. Search online for jobs in IT and see what experience or qualifications they're looking for. Do the same with graduate schemes. If they mention any particular certificates which would be beneficial, then you know what certificates to take. (Having said that, there are lots of IT certificates around and it's very rare to see jobs mention that they're seeking candidates with any particular certificate.)

Also, it just seems a real shame to effectively discard your degree.
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Original post by DataVenia
I'd agree that many IT roles are filled based upon the experience that someone has rather than the qualifications they have. However, gaining that experience is not always easy as you fall into the "how do I gain experience if all the jobs require experience" trap. I'd say that they are very few "no experience (or qualifications) required" jobs in IT. There might be some, but not many.
Rather than relying on what "loads of people say" (or what I'm saying, come to that), I suggest you find out. Search online for jobs in IT and see what experience or qualifications they're looking for. Do the same with graduate schemes. If they mention any particular certificates which would be beneficial, then you know what certificates to take. (Having said that, there are lots of IT certificates around and it's very rare to see jobs mention that they're seeking candidates with any particular certificate.)
Also, it just seems a real shame to effectively discard your degree.

I definitely appreciate the practical advice, I will have a look before I make this decision. Yes I agree it is a shame but I feel like this course has impacted me in many ways, many ways where it is not positive. To be very frank, I do not mind going with physiotherapy as a career, but I know I will not stay long. Poor pay for the work we do (sometimes even changing patient nappies are our work), lack of chances to move up the working ladder... this course is the precise reason I have gotten less sociable, I get fed up with dealing with dramatic colleagues in addition to the emotional dumping from the patients, and I felt as if some of the qualified physios on placements don't care about training up the next generation and let them fill up their places, they just see us as free labour sometimes. Just the deeper I go into the course the worse and unappealing the job appears to me.

tbh if there is an office job to jump from a physio degree, I'd be happy to take it. Honestly at this point, anything in an office or a lab where I can read samples that wont talk to me looks more appealing to me.
(edited 1 month ago)
never heard of changing nappies for physiotherapy
Original post by mimimoore
never heard of changing nappies for physiotherapy

It’s a daily occurrence on the wards when you want to get your patient out of bed and can’t wait around for the busy nurses to clean up the rear end of Gladys.

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