For those SLPs who have been in the field a little longer than I (which is technically no time at all), when you applied for a Clinical Fellowship (CF) were you afraid to be stuck in one setting for your entire career?
I have been getting some serious negative feedback for possibly starting my SLP journey in a school system. Not in the sense that schools are a bad place to work; not at all! Rather, schools are an entirely different beast to tackle: IEPs, scheduling, groups of kids working on 5 different goals, billing, planning, field trips, snow days, teachers’ schedules… Then there are the medical settings: Constant swallowing evaluations, patients being discharged just as you get started, patients can be fine one day and pass away the next, uncooperative, non-compliant with diet consistencies. The lists for both go on-and-on.
The most common feedback is that if I complete my Clinical Fellowship in a school system, I won’t be able to transition to a medical setting as easily once I am finished.
Maybe this is just my own fear or my own insecurity combined with feedback, but I still have this pit of anxiety in my poor #slp2b soul. I convince myself that no matter where I start, I have the next 30+ years to get over it and transition to wherever I want, or that I can take continuing education to brush up on skills no matter where I start out. Blah…blah…blah. I am still anxious. Please excuse my anxiety this one time.