5 Steps AHEAD: How do I become an occupational therapist (OT)?

October marked Occupational Therapy Month and yet we have a lot more to learn about allied health, especially Occupational Therapy . Our new episode is with Ramya Bakaraju, occupational therapist (OT) from the Hamilton area. She elaborates on what it takes to be an occupational therapist, education requirements, and career options. Enjoy the episode and learn what a day is like for an OT in the hospital.

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5 Steps AHEAD: Chat with Dr. Karen Bluth

How often do you give yourself due credit? How often do you forgive yourself for your mistakes? Most of us would answer "Not often"! And that's one of the reasons to practice mindful self-compassion. Listen to Dr. Karen Bluth talk about Mindfulness and Self Compassion. She shares her experience teaching mindfulness, especially to teens and young adults. She conducts workshops to help people practice mindfulness and become self-aware. Visit Dr. Bluth's website at https://karenbluth.com/. For more resources, check out: https://self-compassion.org/, https://chrisgermer.com/, https://centerformsc.org/

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Careers in Respiratory Therapy Field with Veena Deekonda

Veena Deekonda is a respiratory therapist at Toronto Western and McMaster Children’s hospitals. In this interview, she discusses her education at McMaster, internship at Yale and her career path to becoming a respiratory therapist. She also talks about the various options available to people interested in allied health care.

Some of the key takeaways from her interview-

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Careers in Public Health with Dr. Lauri Hicks from Center For Disease Control (CDC)

Dr. Lauri Hicks is the Director of the Antibiotic Stewardship program at the Center For Disease Control. In this interview, Dr. Hicks discusses what a career in public health entails, her internship opportunity at Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), mentors and more importantly, the different opportunities surrounding the government public health care sector for interested individuals.

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Episode 2 (Part 3/3): 5 Steps Ahead In The Balancing Act: When You Have To Plan A Career And Stay Sane!

In this final part, Ms. Padma Srinath talks about the sequence of personality development in early childhood, starting right from birth. She emphasizes the importance of a school's role in nurturing young minds towards building a confident and independent adult. She also suggests how students can identify their passion and know what they want.

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Episode 2 (Part 2/3): 5 Steps Ahead in the balancing act: when you have to plan a career and stay sane!

In this part, Ms Padma Srinath talks about the Indian education system: her observations and suggestions to ensure personality development in children in the early childhood phase. She also touches upon the need to have the right attitude when it comes to changing careers because in this day and age, careers have a shelf-life. She once again stresses on the importance of nurturing a researching mind, which can go a long way in helping individual career planning in future.

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Episode 2 (Part 1/3): 5 Steps Ahead in the Balancing Act: when you have to plan a career and stay sane

In this part of Episode 2, Ms Padma Srinath talks about how she entered the field of Educational Psychology. She discusses how personality development starts right from birth and stresses on the importance of engaging a young curious mind in preparation for a future career and life experiences. She talks in detail about why she thinks children are the best researchers.

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Ep 1: The Balancing Act with Dr. Jennifer Askey, career coach and author of Time Budgeting

Dr. Jennifer Askey is a career coach and the founder of Energized Academic. In this interview, she discusses what career coaching for the academic community entails as well as strategies for structuring short-term goals and future career plans. She is an animal lover (Bella) and it shows in the analogies in the conversations. Eat the frog and eat the elephant one bite at a time. The advice is to the point and her strategies have helped many people reduce mental stress and work successfully towards their career goals.

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Trailer Ep 1: The Balancing Act with Dr. Jennifer Askey, career coach and author of Time Budgeting

School and graduation is around the corner! How do you manage your stress and plan your next steps?

It is all about THE BALANCING ACT- When one needs to plan a career and stay sane.

Stay tuned for our first interview on February 13 with Dr. Jennifer Askey- career coach, founder of Energized Academic and author of Time Budgeting.


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Interview series: Ep 1-Chat With A Geographer (Part 2-2)

You are listening to part two of our first episode -- Chat with a Geographer. In this interview series with Dr. Romila Verma -- a geographer teaching at University of Toronto - we will be discussing career opprtunities and some of the environmental education modules that are being developed for the workshops in Water Speaks. 

And if you are the curious kind, check out the questions addressed in this podcast in the transcript below! Happy listening, all!

1. What are the broad categories in the field of geography and what are some career paths for an aspiring geographer?
2. What are some home projects that can be initiated with children interested in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)disciplines?
3. How does one nurture their child's interest, if they are interested in geography or a non-traditional field that is often considered not career-oriented? 

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Interview series: Ep 1-Chat With A Geographer (Part 1-2)

In this first of two-part episode" Chat with a geographer", Dr. Romila Verma, an environmental geographer teaching at University of Toronto talks about her educational background and  experiences working with water systems in different landscapes around the World. She elaborates on how the power of networking played a major role in her many ventures, such as the Trans Africa Pipeline project. Her message is powerful - Get out of your comfort zone,, talk about your passion and go after your opportunity.

Some of the questions that have been addressed in this segment for

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Interview Series: Ep 1- Chat with a geographer (Trailer)

Dr. Romila Verma is an innovative teacher, researcher, speaker and author, and a leading voice on global water issues. She lectures on water management and environmental science in the
School of the Environment and Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Dr. Verma received her PhD degree in Environmental Geography from Delhi School of Economics. Her research interests have fostered both the physical and social science perspectives. She firmly believes that today’s youth will benefit from this multidisciplinary thinking to understand and solve complex problems of the world.

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5 Steps Ahead Podcast Series

Our first podcast on May 15th will feature Dr. Roopali Chaudhary

We invite you to contribute your questions by May 10th related to career choices in the field of Biology.

Dr. Chaudhary is a post-doctoral fellow in Immunology studying food allergies.She has a PhD in molecular and cellular biology characterizing a transgenic mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and an MSc in genetics and developmental biology studying Drosophila embryogenesis.

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