WCU Alumni Spotlight: Cindy Yoon, OTR/L

Posted on 05/06/2018

While interviewing for a job, it's always important to remember you're also interviewing the company.

At a recent West Coast University-Center for Graduate Studies career fair, Cindy Yoon said she wanted her first job as a registered and licensed occupational therapist to be with someone with "a good reputation."

"I'm a hard worker, so I just want to pour my all into a company that I can trust," she said.

Yoon said WCU's fast-paced master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) program helped motivate her to be more efficient and work together with classmates.

"I forged a lot of great, lifelong friendships here because the classes are so small. Even now we meet up all the time," she said. "The MSOT program changed my life completely. It helped me walk the path of pursing and achieving my passion."

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Why did you want to study occupational therapy?

Why OT? I started to look into music therapy and I researched on my own and I realized OT is the career that I could go into if I wanted to help someone to play music again depending on what kind of deficits they had or I can help someone put on their shirt if they can't use their right hand anymore. It was just so dynamic and I could be so creative in it.

What was your fieldwork experience like?

I'm married so I had to be separated for three months but it was a learning experience and I love learning so I took that risk. I wanted to get deeper into pediatrics so I said, 'Yes, I'll take it. Thank you for the opportunity.' I went there, the clinic was great. It was Goodfellow Occupational Therapy. My CI [clinical instructor] was fantastic. Tori Ward — she was great!

What's the best part of being an occupational therapist?

The creativity that I can implement, the flexibility if I have a full-time job, or I can also do something per diem on the weekends and there's just so many options. The job outlook is great. I think finding the one in the area might be a little challenging as a new grad sometimes but in the end, eventually, I feel like you'll get where you want to be.

WCU cannot guarantee employment. Programs vary by campus. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or position of the school or of any instructor or student. For graduation rates, median debt of graduates completing this program and other important information, visit westcoastuniversity.edu/disclosures.

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