Rosie Gibbons 

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Healthcare
Job title: Specialist Occupational Therapist
Subject of study: Psychology
Year of graduation: 1999
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

 Self-employed Specialist Occupational Therapist

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I initially spent time travelling and then working as an assistant psychologist, before training as an occupational therapist. Since this time I have worked in specialist schools and with young adults, and since moving to Cornwall have set up a private practice as Vigere OT Cornwall.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

After my Psychology degree I initially planned to train as a clinical psychologist, and during this time I encountered the profession of occupational therapy. I was struck by the importance of empowering people to play an active role in their own lives, and developing meaning through engaging in functional activity. 

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of the equestrian club in my first year, and then the netball club. 

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

 I enjoyed the health and psychology module, and the evolutionary psychology module the most, and feel that these are still relevant in my current practice. 

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I loved the social aspect, the campus setting and beautiful countryside surrounding Exeter.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The campus setting, great reputation and high standard of Psychology teaching.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

 An underlying understanding of psychology and human behaviour. 

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

 Time developing your life experiences and personal interests will be invaluable, and spend time listening to what is important to people in their everyday lives.

What are your plans for the future?

 To continue to develop our private practice and potentially expand to take on associate professionals. 


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