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What's a good major to pursue if you have an AA degree in Health Sciences General Studies and you enjoy subjects involving English/Writing?

Asked Bowie, Maryland

By 18, if I work hard enough, I should have an AA degree in Health Sciences General Studies, though now I'm wondering if I still want to pursue a career focused entirely on health. I've always struggled with math, which as I've found is quite involved in this field, making me reconsider my decision to pursue a health-focused career. Now, I'm focusing on my interests in writing, English, debating, and things of that nature. I'm now wondering if there is a major that could lead to a career involving both my health skills and my current interests. #general #health #professionals #english #writing #creativewriting #linguistics #journalism #debating #communications #opentoideas #career #healthcareer #liberalarts #professors

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

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Lillian’s Answer


There are a lot of avenues within the healthcare field that don't require lots of science/math but mostly involve working with people instead. For example, there's medical social work, mental health and therapy, medical scribe/transcriptionist, human resources/healthcare recruiter, physician liaison, healthcare administration, and public health communications just to think of a few. Some combination of healthcare, communications, and/or business seem like what you would like to do. I'd recommend talking to your career counselor or guidance counselor as well for more options since there's probably a lot more out there that I didn't think of.

Yolande’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Hi Sarina,

I faced a similar dilemma when I was leaving school and was interested in pursuing a career in writing and communications but ended up working in Sales at a pharmaceutical company. I thought I had settled only to find out that there were enormous opportunities in combining my writing skills with my growing expertise in the healthcare industry. Now a few years later, I work in corporate communications at my company and I spend most days writing patient and health information stories. I absolutely enjoy it but kind of stumbled into it.

It doesn't have to be this way for you. There are so many websites and companies looking for writers to tell health and wellness stories. Start there. Read WebMD and similar websites to get a sense of the writing style and what the kind of stories that they tell. Then write about a topic that is important to you, it can be anything from a friend's cancer diagnosis, your workout regimen or an interesting science fact that you learned in school.

After completing this exercise, you can gage your passion and enthusiasm for writing about health topics and if you are still interested in pursuing a career in communications and health sciences, look for copywriting or writing positions at health care agencies, hospitals, pharma companies and others. Don't get discouraged if you don't land anything at first, keep building your writing portfolio and writing style through freelance opportunities or internships.

Please let me know if this helps.

P.S. Check out www.pfizer365.com to see examples of patient stories and health information.



Brad’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois

Hi! You could look for communications roles in the health care or pharmaceutical industries!

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