New Graduates: Perceptions of their First Occupational Therapy Position

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The study investigated the perceptions of 74 occupational therapists 6 months after graduating from the University of Sydney. Australia. regarding their first occupational therapy position. using a self-administered posted questionnaire. The findings provide a profile of these graduates. the majority of whom were female. aged between 20 and 24 years and employed in the public health system in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Over three-quarters were provided with an orientation programme at the workplace and were satisfied with their initial job. although they perceived it as stressful. Two-thirds received support and supervision from senior occupational therapists; however. one-third did not. The provision of support/supervision from a senior colleague was of critical importance to the successful transition from student to graduate. The primary recommendation is that all new graduates have access to support/supervision from skilled occupational therapists and other colleagues on a regular basis.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1999

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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