Where did you start as an AT? How long were you there?
Started out as a College AT at Division 1 Mid Major Universities, Interned at my Alma Mater New Mexico State University for a semester, then Grad School at the University of Wyoming, My First Job was at the University of Alabama Birmingham for 2 years, then at the University of Southern Mississippi for 3 years.
Then life got Lifey, my parents were getting older and having health problems so I needed to move back home. I was able to find a job in a Physician's Practice and worked there for 5 years.
When I felt that I had hit the “ceiling” and was not growing professionally I was looking to leave, and my Alma Mater was in need of an emergency hire to teach in the Athletic Training Program. I taught Full time for 2 years, then adjunct for 2 years.
A local High School position opened up so I applied and accepted that position for a year. That high school was not a good fit, but have now been at my current High school for 4 years.
Where are you now?
Texas 6A High School
Is this where you plan to stay?
No intention of moving on anytime soon.
Tanya, what pushed you to change settings?
A favorite resource for someone looking to change settings?
NATA has a lot of great resources on job descriptions, committees, etc.
For those interested in the Physician practice the Athletic Trainers in Physician Practice Society has a lot of great info and job postings https://atpps.org/
Regrets or missed opportunities
The physician practice setting – I wish I could have grown it.
When it was time to make the change it wasn't hard to make that decision.
It took a while to recognize I needed a change.
Mental and physical exhaustion
The clinical setting did not provide me with the mental challenge I craved.
Find what takes priority in your life and make a career decision based on that.
Athletic Training is NOT my Identity
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