makes you wanna think again, eh?

December 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm 4 comments

I took a profile test in http://www.studyplaces.com and apparently these are the careers that match my personality (in descending order of relevance):

  1. Medicine (surprise, surprise! )
  2. Science and Engineering (i only like the science part.hehe)
  3. Education and Teaching (well.  educ sounds okay)
  4. Legal and Paralegal (i was expecting this to be # 1. i dunno why)
  5. arts and humanities (okay, i’m only creative accdg to my standards)

I’m already a junior taking up BS Public Health and on my way to studying Medicine. It’s kinda weird when at one point in your academic life (like now), you look back and rethink whether the choice you made is gonna work for you. No takebacks I guess. And if you try to delineate all the reasons you used to justify it before, you end up with a vicious cycle of “Yes, I am on the right track.” and “Uh-oh. I may have missed something there.”

And I guess that’s why I checked the above mentioned site and see whether standardized personality tests would help clear my thoughts out. And voila, it says I am meant for Medicine. Well, for people out there thinking, dreaming, aspiring, etc. to be future doctors, check out this article that I also got from the site. (Text in bold and italics are things that struck me most)

Why study Medicine as a career option

Medicine is a very rewarding and lucrative career option. As a doctor, you can take care of the health of people, which in itself is a great social service. Doctors are looked upon as much-respected members of the society. As a doctor, you can help the sick and ailing. You can prevent many illnesses and help create a healthier society.

There are numerous career opportunities once you complete your study of medicine. With the same background, you can enter into many related heath fields. The same education and training can help you take up jobs in other areas of medical field other than being a doctor. In some cases, you may have to undergo short training or specialization courses.

Being a doctor could be immensely stressful and could drain you out emotionally. It is very hard work. Nevertheless, if you are committed to serving people and humankind in general, you can study medicine to be a doctor. You can always look for suitable advice and guidance. Talk to your family and friends and explore for all possible avenues of research like the Internet, job advisors, career related books, etc.

Why Should I Opt To Study Medicine

Studying medicine does take a long time. You have to decide if career as a doctor is what you aspire to be. Nevertheless, it is a very rewarding career if you view it from any angle. You earn a special status in society as a doctor. As a doctor, you can make a great difference to the lives of numerous people. You can work as a doctor in a hospital or as a family doctor or general physician.

Another reason for choosing a career in medicine is that it offers you an opportunity to provide a service to the public through diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, diseases, and infections. Doctors are also increasingly expected to provide social support to their patients.

If you want to go into the depths of any particular branch of medicine and understand it thoroughly, you can go in for higher specialization after training as a doctor. There are numerous courses available for specialization like:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anesthetics
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Trauma management
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy

If more academically inclined, you can choose to take up a career as a lecturer in any medical college. You can go into advanced studies and choose an option of medical research. Healthcare industry is booming and ever expanding. If you are interested in administrative work, you can take similar positions in healthcare projects, hospitals, social organizations, and others. If you want to combine your interests of serving the society and medicine, choose to go for healthcare projects operated under the bigger organizations like United Nations, Red Cross Society, etc. You can also work to improve public health.

Doctors have extensive job security and you can earn a good living. A doctor’s life involves a high degree of commitment. You may have to work late hours and often would have to attend calls at any time of the day or night. You have to be sure of your interest right from the time you start studying medicine.

Being a doctor requires you to be emotionally strong. As a doctor, you would have to deal with many dire situations, handle patients with utmost care, provide substantial emotional support to relatives and those in medical emergencies, and remain calm in the most difficult situations to help, handle, and take critical decisions.

Why become a doctor?

Becoming a doctor is no easy option. In addition to many long years of study, you have to take up specialization courses, internships, and training. Eventually, it requires serious self-analysis to evaluate if you are ready to study medicine as your career option. You should have an inherent desire to help people. In that case, you can find very few other rewarding and satisfactory careers as that of a doctor.

Medicine is all about helping people. You treat illness, provide advice, and assure people. You have to look at illnesses from your point as a doctor and from your patient’s point of view. You have to understand symptoms and decide on your course of medication. This calls for an enquiring mind. Further, you should be able to retain an extensive and in-depth knowledge of ailments, symptoms, remedies, and be able to relate and apply them as necessary.

If you have that passion to improve people’s lives coupled with the determination to reach the highest standards, your choice of studying and choosing medicine as a career option is aptly justified. You will have a wide range of career opportunities. You can follow a path to one of many specialties, from working in a hospital as a surgeon to being based in the community as a GP.

Life as a Doctor

Studying medicine does not mean you will end up as a doctor in some hospital or nursing home alone. Physicians are employed in every sector of society. If you want to serve people in rural areas, you can work with health organizations and missionary services working for betterment of rural people. Alternatively, you can choose to serve people in developing nations, tribal areas, and in the far-flung geographical areas of the globe. You can choose any model to serve humanity.

Personal Traits

Before you choose medicine as your career option, think of your personal skills and interests. Medical profession is all about treating illnesses, assuring people of their well-being, and providing proper recourse in case of any medical emergency. As a doctor, you have to analyze given situation, test your diagnosis, decide on the best course of treatment, and monitor progress. This requires an analytical mind.

You should have patience to deal with pressuring situations, talk, and make patients and relatives understand medical situations, provide possible solutions, and look into ideas that can bring in maximum relief to patients.

Overall, if you want to have a successful career in medicine, you should have certain inherent doctor like qualities.

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So? What do you think? Did that help you out or did it stress you further? Well, I still have to do some rethinking myself. HAHA. kidding. But seriously, this does make you wanna analyze better what you got yourself into or what you’re planning to immerse yourself in. I hope we all make good choices. 🙂 That’s all for now. 🙂

Btw, if you’re into other courses besides Medicine, check out the above mentioned site. Make an account and explore the different avenues available to you. Good luck! 🙂

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mita  |  December 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    here’s my plan:
    I take NMAT/LAE/board exams/etc (medtech, nutrition),
    I assess my scores,
    I go with whichever works. HAHA

    Yes Zen, more thinking time. 😀
    But Im still looking forward to HPAD subjects,hehehe.

  • 2. aLps  |  December 26, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Go medicine!

    Go debate-career-extension!

    😀

  • 3. Anzen  |  December 27, 2008 at 5:04 am

    yes mita. more thinking time. but it has to be quality thinking time. haha. cos it’s what you’re gonna do for the rest of your life. 🙂 no pressure or anything though. 😉

  • 4. Anzen  |  December 27, 2008 at 5:06 am

    yes alps. debate career extension. and a WHOLE LOT more. 😛 check out if there are articles related to Orcomm. 🙂

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