Women Making it Work in Health

How to become an osteopath | Holly's Story

Here at DP we love a success story, especially where women are involved, so we’re looking to women making it work in their chosen industry to give us some serious #careerspiration.

We’re shining a light on Holly who’s changing lives through her passion for health and wellness. Holly works at Chelsea Pharmacy Medical Clinic and we sat down to ask her how she got where she is, how you can become an osteopath and what her spirit animal would be…

Q: What do you do?

I am an Osteopath at Chelsea Pharmacy Medical Clinic.

Q: How did you end up in your current job?

When I left sixth form I found it really difficult to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I tried a Chemistry degree at Manchester University but it wasn’t the one for me! I used to mess around cracking my friends and families backs and loved it so I decided to observe some osteopaths and chiropractors. I loved watching them working with real people to make a genuine difference in their lives – I even observed one osteopath treat a sick lamb in the Cotswold’s! I started the four-year masters degree at the British School of Osteopathy now I have my own business.

Everything happens for a reason, and if something is upsetting you EMBRACE IT – it will only make you stronger in the end.

Q: Talk us through a typical working day

Lucky me, I work next door to the Good Life Eatery so I start my day with a much needed Flat White Coffee! I will spend my morning seeing patients – some new and some returning appointments. During lunch I will either go out and meet a friend on the Kings Road, or eat at the clinic and talk over complicated cases with some of the other medical practitioners. On some days I work at a private sports club in Fulham. I spend the rest of my time writing up notes, reading new research and trying to promote healthy wellbeing on social media.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Everything happens for a reason, and if something is upsetting you EMBRACE IT – it will only make you stronger in the end.

Q: And what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given?

Do one thing every day that scares you. It’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and follow your dreams however crazy they may be. You will never know until you have tried.

Q: What would you wear to a job interview?

Projection is perception! I always think it is safer to dress too smart, than too scruffy! I always wear a suit or a smart dress to a job interview. Sometimes I will pay an extra £10/£20 to get an outfit altered for that perfect fit. The latest was a cream two-piece linen suit from Joseph & I got the job!

Q: When and where do you come up with your best ideas?

On holiday…sometimes the best ones come after a couple of Margaritas!

Do one thing every day that scares you. It’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and follow your dreams however crazy they may be. You will never know until you have tried.

Q: If you weren’t in the job you’re in now, what would you be doing?

I would love to be a florist. If I’m feeling down I go to the florist, buy some weird and wonderful flowers and start decorating the house like someone is about to get married there! Who has time to be sad when they are sitting in a room full of flowers like something out of the Great Gatsby?

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?

Osteopathy is such a rewarding career. You can genuinely make a difference in peoples lives and nothing beats that feeling when patients tell you personally what you have done for them. You have to do the degree to practice as an osteopath in the UK, but there are many places to choose from to study. Make sure you look around them all as they all have something unique to offer. Four years is a long so you want to find the right one for you. If you enjoy people, problem-solving and healthy wellbeing this is the career for you.

Q: What’s your spirit animal and why?

A cat. I LOVE cats. Why? Because they just do what they want!!

Q: What’s the most exciting thing in life right now?

London is such an exciting place to be – there are so many driven and inspiring people, especially in the world of health and wellness. I’m excited to start building up my company and hope one day I will have my own clinic.

Feeling inspired? Yeah… me too! Now they say dress for the job you want so head over to our workwear collection to find a new work wardrobe that befits the career you’re vying for.

 

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