Where to get started to become a Recreational Therapist in Maine
First let me say congratulations, you are right now taking the very first step in getting started on your way to becoming a recreational therapist. This position provides you an opportunity to help people in need, and work with a diverse and varied group of people. When you have decided to become a recreational therapist, the next thing you will want to do is to consider how you want to pursue your education.
Recreational therapists are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and are encouraged to become certified, or licensed within their profession. The first step to accomplishing this goal is to choose the type of school you wish to attend.
Many people are changing their career in the middle of their life these days, and that provides an obstacle for them to overcome. One of the ways they are doing this is to work through their education in an online school. Online schools are a good choice for students who are unable to stop working, or to alter their hours so that they can be in class. One thing you will need to be sure of before you start working on your degree with an online school, is that you will be able to work independently. Self-discipline is a requirement when you are using an online school, as you aren’t held accountable for being in class, or studying. You will be required to know the material on your own. For some this can be a struggle, finding it hard to focus, without structure a classroom environment offers.
For those who are concerned with the cost of their education, community college can offer you a less expensive alternative to four-year universities. This type of education also offers some of the qualities that are found in an online school. Community colleges often try to offer classes that are more flexible in time than the four-year schools can provide. This can include night classes. Community colleges also offer smaller sized classes, having fewer students to deal with makes it so that the professors can deal with students on a more individual basis.
The third choice you can consider when you are going after your bachelor’s degree is the most traditional method. By using a four-year university, you can get your bachelor’s degree while maintaining your education through one school. With community college, you will have to transfer after your first two years. In a four-year school, you won’t have this requirement, you will also find that many of the students you are taking classes with will end up going after the same career path, so you will have the ability to get to know them, and often this can lead to invaluable study partners.
No matter the choice, you make when it comes to getting your education, you will be placing yourself in a position where there will be more opportunities open to you. Your education cannot guarantee you a job, but it can provide you with the education you need to pursue the job of your dreams.