Would working as a direct support professional be good experience for future occupational therapist?

I have recently received a BS degree in Biopsychology and I am interested in furthering my education in Occupational Therapy, perhaps with a PhD. I am interested in working with the elderly population.

Due to financial constraints, I decided to move back in with my parents who kindly took me back. I also decided I will take up to a year and a half to go back to school, which I am determined to do so. For the mean time, I wanted to get a job to save money and maybe gain valuable experience.

However, we live in a small town and more than an hour away from the nearest city, if you count traffic. But there are many jobs for direct support professionals (DSP) and caretakers within 20 minutes from here. I am currently working as a DSP, though it pays pretty low (minimal wage). I decided I like the job but the pay frustrates me. I am thinking that though this job pays low, it carries some aspects of occupational therapy. We make sure our clients achieve certain goals with a projected level of independence (ex. Put dishes away three times a week with 80% independence).

In short, am I right to think this is good experience for my future goals? Should I keep this job?
Asked Feb 14, 2017

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