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If I am torn between three jobs I want in life, how do I choose one over the others?

PA, psychologist, or FBI agent #torn #hardchoice #whatdoido #medicine #PA #criminal-justice #psychology

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Linda Ann’s Answer

Hi Shannon,

The three careers that you mention have VERY different educational requirements. Perhaps you should enter college as an undeclared major and explore differnt courses to help you to focus. ALSO you could have conversations with your academic advisor in college for internships during the summer months to gain access experience to help you to decide.


A physician assistant (PA) requires very specialized coursework and probably 5-6 years of educational credentials.


To become a psychologist you need a doctorate; the time line is at least 9 years of education (4 for the BS plus at least another 5 for the doctorate). You need to be licensed in the state in which you wish to practice which may require more credentialing.


You should explore the website of the FBI to learn about their educational requirements for entry into their academy.


Good luck!

Thank you comment icon thank you so much Shannon
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Misty’s Answer

Shannon based on what you listed as your three possibles, I am wondering if you have ever thought about going into Forensics or Criminal Psychology? That way you could have the FBI aspect as well as the psychology and the Forensics would give you the puzzles to solve as well. Just something to think about.

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Richard’s Answer

Try shadowing each of the professions. If you still can't decide then try volunteering in settings related to those professions (eg in a hospital to get an idea of a PA's life.) You could also try to find a position in medical or psychological research.

Good luck narrowing your options!
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