Here is my why!
My first degree was in Linguistics and Cultural Studies. Upon graduation, I worked in an advertising firm as an account executive. I had the best experience in my early and mid 20s there, working on various projects with a team of talented art directors and copywriters.
However fun it was, I knew deep down that I was called to work in a field where I would be helping people directly. I had an interest in working with children and teaching them, but did not want to be a teacher.
After working for a couple of years in advertising, I started looking for graduate school opportunities, to see what else was out there, and stumbled upon this profession called “Speech Pathology”.
The theoretical coursework caught my interest: it encompassed studies in linguistics, psychology, anatomy, education. The practical coursework was also appealing, with placements in schools and hospitals.
Through a friend, I got to know a speech pathologist and spent half a day at her clinic, and sat in on her sessions.
I was impressed by how she was able to get some of these children with disabilities, who had obvious speech and language difficulties, to communicate with her. The smiles and giggles she was able to draw out of them seemed magical.
I immediately thought: I want to have whatever skill she has, and I want to make a difference in these children’s lives.
The next three years saw me slogging away in graduate school, soaking up all the necessary information in the course. Some topics were easier for me (psychology and education) than others (anatomy and statistics).
However difficult it was, I always went back to my “why”.
Why did I choose to change careers and become a speech pathologist? Why was working with children with disabilities important to me?
The answer was still really simple after all the thinking and researching: I just wanted to help them communicate.
I wanted to make a difference in lives in this way. I love languages and putting a smile on children’s faces. And deep down in my gut, I also knew that I had the personality for this job: I loved connecting with people, helping people, and I knew how to build rapport with children and parents easily.
Speech Pathology is an exciting and growing profession. Speech Pathologists work with infants, children and adults with difficulties in speech, language, communication, feeding and swallowing. Speech Pathologists can work in a variety of settings such as schools, aged care homes, hospitals, private practices, and homes.
There are so many opportunities and endless perks to being a speech pathologist that I only discovered after being one. I am extremely grateful to have “stumbled upon” this profession. Not only is it a fulfilling and purposeful career for me, it has also supported my personal and lifestyle choices.
I have been a speech pathologist for over a decade now, and not once have I regretted making this move.
I encourage you to hop on here to chat to me about all things Speech Pathology, including the benefits that this profession can bring to you, and why you may want to consider this field.
Cheryl Ye Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and Director of Speech Ease Speech Pathology
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