I’ve been fortunate enough to attend AOTA’s Annual Conference for four years in a row now, and this year’s Centennial (#AOTA17) was my first year attending as an official OT practitioner! There were about 13,000 attendees in Philadelphia this year, and it was truly an amazing experience. I was able to present an AOTA-sponsored session with my Emerging Leaders mentor, deepen friendships with my Emerging Leader cohort, develop skills in my new practice area, and learn about cool things happening in the world of OT. I had a great time and I was sad to finally leave Philly, although I was SO ready to sleep in my own bed again! Still, in the week that I’ve been home, I’ve been making an effort to keep all of the OT energy from Conference going strong!
By this time all the Conference attendees have headed home and everybody has likely settled back into their daily grind. And while you may not be attending any fun educational sessions, dance parties, or networking events in the near future, there are several ways you can continue making the most of your conference experience even after you’ve returned home.
So it’s summertime and I just finished an 8-month long volunteer/OT intern position at a pediatric therapy clinic. I learned a lot while I was there, but most importantly I met some AMAZING therapists and staff! Since I’ve just graduated and I’m moving away to go to graduate school, I probably won’t meet them again until I get ready to do fieldwork.
I feel like I developed positive personal relationships with all of the people I worked with, and I would like to stay abreast of important developments in their lives as well as keeping them informed about my progression through OT school (and life). However, I’m not sure what the appropriate thing to do is in this situation.
I have friended several of my previous employers, but only in cases where I was no longer working for or with them. I feel that being Facebook friends before ending the employer-employee relationship is inappropriate – unless your employer, coworkers or company social media makes it clear that it is a normal policy.
I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do, but I’m thinking that I’ll probably just email my main supervisor and ask her if she’s comfortable becoming friends. Maybe a little formal, but I’m more comfortable putting the ball in her court and seeing what happens from there!
Have you ever been in a similar situation and been uncertain about “social media etiquette”? Have you friended former or current supervisors?