Jackie Lau

Jackie Lau

Physical Therapist

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was interested in track and field where I was a captain of the track team.
Then I went to college and majored in computer science because that was cool then.
Then I got kicked out of school because it really didn't interest me and I got bad grades.
Then I took an EMT course and became a EMT and worked for an ambulance.
Wanted to know more about medicine and make more money.
Then I thought about being a paramedic or physician.
Realized I wanted to help people. Wanted to combine medicine with sports.
Then I figured out physical therapy is best of both worlds!

Education

High School
Bachelor
University of California-Riverside
Doctorate
Sociology
University of California-Riverside

Career

Physical Therapist

I help people recover from injuries, surgeries and find out what's causing them pain in their body.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Sports
Helping People

Day to Day

I make my schedule in the morning and drive to patients' homes. They are usually happy to see me because I can teach them ways to help them to recover from their impairments/injuries faster.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Go to a clinic and "shadow" a therapist and see what they do on a day to day basis.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be interested in the human body. Be interested to see how your muscles and bones work during sports and when you perform daily activities. Most physical therapists have some kind of sports background because we have excellent body awareness.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
doctorate
Doctorate
Physical Therapy/Therapist

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should stay home and help the family business (we owned a bakery.) They also told me to be a doctor, but I didn't want to go to school for another 8 years."