Ep. 71 - Transitioning from Grad School to the Workforce as an SLP - Michelle O'Loughlin MA, CCC-SLP

August 30, 2022

In this episode, we talk to Clinical Fellow Mentor, Michelle O’Loughlin, about how grad students can best transition into the workforce. We discuss how the landscape has changed, the most challenging aspects of the transition, advice during job interviews, burnout, and more!

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) Introduction
  • (2:27) Michelle’s Professional Background
  • (9:30) Changing landscape of speech pathology grad school
  • (13:57) What Speech Therapy Grad Schools Look for in Applicants
  • (20:10) How to Prepare SLP Grad Students for the Real World
  • (28:11) Most Challenging Aspects of Transitioning from Grad School as an SLP
  • (31:00) Advice for Clinical Fellow Job Interviews
  • (37:10) Advice for SLP Grad Students Entering the Workforce
  • (41:47) Advice for New Grads Suffering From Burnout
  • (46:40) Question Lightning Round!

About Michelle O’Loughlin MA, CCC-SLP

Michelle O’Loughlin is a speech-language pathologist with a plethora of professional experience.  She has worked in public schools, therapeutic day schools, therapy barns (providing Hippotherapy), Early Intervention, pediatric clinics, private practice, teletherapy, and in a university setting. Michelle has worked primarily as a pediatric therapist but has worked with adults for fluency and voice disorders (including transgender voice modification).

Michelle and her husband recently relocated from Chicago to the Denver area where she has returned to providing teletherapy speech services to elementary and middle school students. Prior to her move west, Michelle served as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the SLP graduate program at Northern Illinois University. There she taught and mentored countless graduate SLP students through their clinical work at the university. Michelle always communicated to her students the necessity of living life in balance— facilitating mindfulness workshops for her graduate students to help them manage the many stressors of graduate school.

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