“Why Didn’t You Go to Medical School?”
Even today with so many career options available to students, there is often a “default” career decision made that is meant to please parents, grandparents, or teachers; but not the young adults themselves!
The “bragging rights” associated with medical school are still very powerful and appealing. The problem is not everyone can qualify for or belong in medical school. What all young adults need is information about all types of career options — not just the obvious ones! There are many fulfilling careers in all areas of the medical field.
If a student in your life exhibits a passion for biology, physiology, chemistry coupled with a need to “serve others” there are many options that could be just as satisfying (and much cheaper) than attending a long program at medical school. The obvious choices can include physician’s assistant, nurse, speech or occupational therapist, and medical technician to name just a few.
In addition, there could be business career options as well such as a hospital administrator. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies frequently hire Science graduates for positions in clinical or regulatory affairs; or quality assurance. If a student in your life also has an “engineering” brain, biomedical engineering can be a great choice.
To open up a young person’s mind and the pathway to a variety of career options, encourage your student to:
- Research a variety of career options on line. Many sites will provide thorough information about each career interest, including how much one can expect to earn.
- Get involved in school and community activities to meet adults in a variety of careers and professions.
- Meet with adults you know in your neighborhood, your friends, your church, your work…who would be willing to share their career journeys and stories.
- Take a part-time job, perform volunteer work, or participate in an internship in a hospital or other medical setting.
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