"I was the first person in my family to go to college. It made me realize I had a responsibility to uphold. My younger sister and brother also pursued their bachelors degrees and eventually their masters' degrees."

Role Model Photo Libby Charles

Health Field: Physical Therapist

Number of years in the profession:
20 year

Years in College: 15 years

Professional Credentials:
LAT, ATC, EMT-B, NREMT-B, MSPT, MEd

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I found that helping people was the initial draw to the profession. Having an interest in athletics, and the special circumstances that healthcare provided within that setting, was appealing to me.

What other careers did you consider?
I have been involved in EMT and physical therapy.

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
I have always found myself involved in sciences and professions that involved people.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I pursued my CNA (certified nurse aid) credentials in high school, then a BA in psychology, an Med (master's degree) in exercise science, and then MS (master's of science degree) in physical therapy. I am working on PhD now.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
The amount of time (labor) that it takes is not for the faint hearted.

How did you overcome these challenges?
Having the support of my fellow athletic trainers-knowing that I was not alone in my challenges and knowing that they were only temporary.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?
Yes

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? Yes


Present Career as a Physical Therapist


Describe an average work day for you.
I am currently working in a skilled nursing facility.

How many hours do you work in an average week?
40-50

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Hospital

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
I enjoy helping people.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing someone succeed as a result of my efforts

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Think about what you want in a profession, and if it is what you wan - go for it!

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
I would have pursued the resultant degree earlier in my career.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
I will continue to pursue my education to a terminal degree (PhD or EdD).

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