You have lots of freedom to "be your own boss" (to an extent). There are general guidelines and a curriculum to follow for the Kin and the PTA positions, but you tailor the class to suit the participants using your expertise as a professional in this industry. Working alone, for me is a dream. Introverted with coworkers, extroverted in my profession, I come out of my shell knowing it is just me calling the shots. We are also constantly on the go and on the road. It really helps break up your day, to give you some alone/down time. Lastly, most importantly, the groups that you have the opportunity to teach/instruct are what make your time worthwhile. Hearing that people feel more energetic in their 80's is extremely rewarding. They tell you they have less pain and that they look forward to the socializing in the group is amazing to hear. So many older adults are so sad and depressed or in pain, etc, and if I can help in any way, I am blessed.
If you are part time, the hours are only on weekends, and during the day, leaving you time for other work in evenings or weekends. This is what I did while I was part-time when I first started. The variety in work was always fun, so I couldn't complain about part time hours. Since moving into full-time hours, there are great benefits, definitely!
It is also such a simple, fun job! If you love exercise, and older adults, it is excellent.
A big perk is to work alone! For the company, but being in charge of your role. It is satisfying to take matters into your own hands.
When I was part time, I worked 6 hours, Mon-Tues and Thurs-Friday. With full-time, I average about 7 hours/day.
Over the phone - once I was hired I didn't even get to meet the regional manager (boss) or physiotherapist (supervisor) until my 3rd? day - after being oriented for 2 days by a temporary PTA filling the position that had only been there for less than a month?
Yes. As a healthcare company it is imperative that all personnel complete a background check to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients. The process is quick and easy.