Say Hello! to Rob Nivala — Career Consultant - Lead
Nice to Meet You!I love helping people grow both professionally and personally. I am extremely goal focused and will do my best to help all my therapists get to where they want to be whether they are day one new grads or 20 year veterans. I believe the biggest key to success is having a strong team behind you working together.
Fun FactI am an avid traveler and cook. On each of my trips I collect recipes to use in my kitchen at home. On weekends where we can’t travel farther my wife, daughter and I explore Colorado and can usually be found out in the mountains in one of the many parks.
What My Travelers Have to Say Give Feedback
- When looking for a traveling/contract therapy job there are an overwhelming amount of options. All companies have these tactics they use to persuade you to work for them and everyone is seemingly pleasant but you never know what you are really walking in to because when you work for these types of companies you do not technically meet anyone from the company in person. You are going based off of a friendly voice and you hope for the best that your recruiter will be a good fit. I was very lucky to have Rob as my recruiter/ boss for almost a year until I found a permanent position in my hometown. He is always easily accessible via phone and email and is aware of the realities of the field. He is very familiar with the things that you need to know and how to anticipate what's ahead in between contracts. If being a traveler is the right fit for you at the time then you will be prepared with anything and everything you need to be aware of to be successful with your contracts. I have yet to find a more understanding employer who will accommodate you as best as he can given the circumstances. I anticipate working for Rob again in the future.
- I remember driving home from my old job and thinking I needed a fresh start. I knew this was the time in my life I wanted to travel and see more parts of the country; I just didn’t know how or where to start. The whole travel process seemed a little daunting to me. I applied to Advanced and connected with Rob a few days later. He made the process easy and not as stressful. I know it sounds cheesy, but he listened to what I was looking. He gave me different placement options that fit the criteria and places I was looking for. If he didn’t know the answer to one of my questions, he would find someone who could help. What I really respected was he offered honest feedback and provided me with different tips to help me be successful during the interview process. After I accepted my placement in August, he continues to make sure the placement is what I wanted and if anything is coming up that I need help with. You can defiantly tell Rob cares for his travelers. I am very thankful for all the work Rob has done in helping me start my traveling OT experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not greedy but part of the reason I travel is the extra money I can make. Will I still qualify for travel stipends while on these longer assignments?
Absolutely. You can work in one spot as a traveler for up to 12 months before you are considered local. During the course of your school year assignment, you qualify for all the travel stipends you would receive while on a shorter assignment.
What happens after my assignment is complete?
Before your assignment is over, your recruiter will begin discussing available options with you. If an extension is offered, you may choose to accept that as well. If you want to take a vacation, your recruiter will help you plan your assignments accordingly so you have plenty of freedom and flexibility.
What is per diem?
Per diem is a daily allowance to cover the various costs when traveling.
What mentorship is available for new graduates?
New graduates have access to the Advanced mentorship program, which includes special mentors for SLP, OT and PT. In addition, we also offer mentors with experience directly related to Advanced.
How much do healthcare travelers earn?
Travelers earn different pay depending on their individual placements, but typically travelers earn more than Permanent Therapists.
What licenses do I need to have to work in a school?
This depends on the state and the district. Some schools simply need for you to have a state board license. Others will require a special teaching certificate. Don’t worry if the certificate takes a long time to be conferred as many schools/states will allow you to work with a pending teaching certificate! Your recruiter and QA specialist will serve as your guides when it comes to navigating licensure questions. We have the answers!