Not Jack or Jill

We have such a diverse profession.  Many of us became OTs for that particular reason, with hopes of a varied and broad career full of opportunity.  We can choose one profession, yet explore many careers.

Since occupation is such a human thing, it can applied basically anywhere, for anyone, doing anything.  As a result, there is a perception that we can do anything in our work. Add that to our obsession with wanting to help, and our dogged can-do attitude - and the result is to take on any job or role when people (or the systems in which we work) need help.  We become gap fillers, Jack and Jills of all trades. 

Then we rationalize what we’re doing and convince ourselves that it’s still occupational therapy, because there isn’t enough constraint in our mind about what occupational therapy is.  We take the viewpoint of occupation-as-ends and anything we do is then considered occupational therapy.  But that’s misleading - because while there is plenty of variety in our work not every job is as occupation focussed as another.  We end up confusing ourselves, and others about the nature of our work.

Remember what happened to Jack and Jill.