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OPTA CONNECT | The OPTA Early Professional Special Interest Group (EPSIG) Mentorship Program
OPTA CONNECT was created by the OPTA EPSIG to encourage early professionals to adapt to the field and develop as professionals through connections with seasoned professionals. The OPTA EPSIG is a group dedicated to the advancement of early professional (0-5 years post-graduation) physical therapists/physical therapists assistants. The program is derived from the three pillars of the OPTA EPSIG: Leadership, Membership and Mentorship.
OPTA CONNECT Mentors offer guidance about the organization, profession, industry, or career path and provide informed viewpoints.
OPTA CONNECT Mentees are dedicated to learning new skills and hungry to improve and grow as physical therapists in the workforce.
Both mentors and mentees may draw on personal lessons from past experiences, and discuss questions and challenges related to professional life and career progression. Participants are asked for a one-year commitment to the mentorship relationship.
Mentors + Mentees:
Participation in OPTA CONNECT is currently open to all members through a rolling admission. Mentors will be paired with mentees by the OPTA EPSIG with the goal of monthly communication that fosters meaningful relationships and connects generations through shared professional interests. Pairings are based on number of available mentors and mentees, and if you are not paired immediately—be patient! We’re working to find your best match.
Mentors and mentees can set their own expectations and meeting structure—be creative and flexible for what works best for you! It’s important to set communication expectations from the start.
Whether it’s in person over coffee, a video check-in, a regular phone call, or a district event, you can find the arrangement and meeting schedule that meets your needs. OPTA CONNECT participants will also be recognized at the OPTA Annual Conference and have the opportunity to network with other program participants.
Not the Right Fit? That's ok!
If your match is not meeting your needs, just let us know. We can help you examine what’s missing in the relationship and whether there is an opportunity to reshape it in some way. If the expectations don’t align, we will facilitate the disengagement with both transparency and honesty and help both the mentor and mentee establish new connections. We’ll carefully evaluate what could have gone better, and what can be done the next time to avoid a similar problem. Though sometimes a relationship just isn’t the right fit, the connections made are still valuable—your paths may cross again in the future!
How to Apply for Mentor/Mentee Opportunity: