I owe my success to KMTC
I am Josephine Jepchirchir, a 35-year-old Occupational Therapist at Kenyatta National Hospital.
Joining KMTC Nairobi Campus was the best decision I ever made in 2008, besides being a mother and wife.
Even though I didn’t know what Occupational Therapy (OT) course entailed, I was happy to have been selected to join the training.
I took up the challenge head-on, carrying out extensive research to prepare myself for the training that would eventually land me a career in healthcare.
After my successful graduation in 2011 with a Diploma, I embarked on searching for a job.
After making a few applications, a friend advised me to consider taking up a volunteer job.
I followed through with this option and approached Uasin Gishu County Hospital, where I began my career as an OT volunteer.
I would later transfer to Nairobi, where I continued to work as a volunteer at Mama Lucy Hospital.
Five months later, Kenyatta National Hospital advertised for positions in OTs, and I got interested, applied and luckily got a job.
I have now worked here for eight years.
In my thirst to advance my skills in the field, I have been undertaking numerous short courses.
Today, I stand tall as an alumnus of KMTC, and I owe my success to the College because that is where my career journey started.
It is based on this success that I encouraged my siblings to join the College.
Occupational therapy involves the ‘therapeutic use of everyday activities, or occupations, to treat the physical, mental, developmental, and emotional ailments that impact a patient’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks.’
To work well with patients, Occupational therapists require a strong sense of compassion and empathy.
My parting shot to students: Always do your level best!