If you are reading this, then chances are you feel drawn into the field of medicine. Choosing a career in the medical field is not an easy task though. You may find that there are so many options to choose, it’s difficult to make up your mind. If that is the case, follow some of these tips to help you on your decision-making journey!
- Start with a medical careers list
When you start with a list, you can help narrow down some possibilities. Try to think of things that you have an interest in. (yes, be more specific than “the field of medicine”) For instance, do you like to work with children? Depending on your answer, you might want to avoid pediatrics, or pursue it. By writing down specifics such as this, you can help narrow possible choices from the medical careers list.
- Research the careers you found
Once you have a few of the careers selected that spark interest, you should do a little research on them to learn about their functions. This is important because you want to find out a few critical pieces of information. Things that you should look for include:
- Daily duties/responsibilities
- Education requirements
- Employment opportunities/ease of finding work
Armed with this information, you can begin narrowing your possibilities down even further. Bear in mind, it’s not easy to find a career that is a 100% fit, but you should be happy with most of the details that come with the career. If after this step, you aren’t happy with any of the choices you have, you can simply go back to the medical careers list and begin another look at some careers you wrote off earlier. If you still have a career in mind, continue on to the next step.
- Getting the ball rolling, career-wise
At this point, you feel fairly certain about the career you want to pursue. If you don’t, you should do more research or try to do some shadowing. You can arrange this simply by making phone calls or emails. Look for the contact information at local facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. You can usually find an administrators contact information. Cold call them and explain your situation, and how you are looking to learn more about the position. It may take a few calls, but its worth the effort.
You are going to need to fulfill the education requirements first. This is going to allow you to apply to the job that your seeking. So use the information you found during the research step and decide how you are going to get that education or training. Finding the most affordable way is usually the best case. Pedigree of a school doesn’t mean too much after you are working. You can find information from your local community college or university if you need guidance from a counselor.
- With all that said…
The best thing you can do is actively pursue the information and experience you need to make an informed decision. By getting a little volunteer work, or shadowing under your belt, you can really decide whether the career move is right for you.
Remember that being aggressive is a win-win situation for you. How many other people are going to actively seek out experience like you are? Not many. This fact alone puts you at a great advantage. It also shows that you have drive and determination. Something your employer would respect. Think how much it would help in the long run if you had interned or volunteered at a facility that you are applying to work? It would help immensely.
With these tips, you should be on your way to great medical career success, with whichever one you choose!