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If my strengths are quick learner, good with technology, focused on tasks, good with people, and hobbies are reading and skateboarding, what types of careers or industries might best fit me? What other strengths or experiences might I need for the suggested careers?

I desire to be an anesthesiologist and would like to know this information based on my career choice. #medicine # #career-choice #job

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Heine’s Answer

You said some interesting characteristics, actually strengths, for people that can fit very well into IT world.

Actually I started with some of those same strengths and today I work for Cisco as Software Architect. You have to be tenacious, because there are difficult subjects and some situations, but as a skateboarder you know sometimes you fall to learn a new skill.

There are some good sources of knowledge online. Some of them are for free. You can see some classes from MIT, Standford and other very important institutions. It is a good start point.

https://www.edx.org/, https://www.coursera.org/, https://online.stanford.edu/courses,

I started studying Eletronic Eng., but I couldn't pay for that college, so I changed to study Physics, that has almost exactly the same content for the first two years. But then I started a scientific initiation realted with simulating some physical environments in computing. That changed my life.

After that I studied the Cisco Network Academy https://www.netacad.com/ and that was one of the best decisions I made in my life. Today I work as Software Architect for Cisco abroad.

I hope this answer can help you to find your best path.

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Ed’s Answer

Hi Saudi,

I'm glad you feel comfortable and confident with your strengths. All of these are transferable skills, which means that you can use them in multiple industries and disciplines. What you may want to ask yourself is:

  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What do people around you say you're good at?
  • Do you have any existing professional or volunteering experiences? If yes, what did you like in your job/volunteer role and what did you dislike? (and how does it relate to question #1)
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Richard’s Answer

Becoming a physician takes persistence. There are plenty of reasons and plenty of opportunities to give up on the path to any career. But don’t give up.

You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.

Thank you comment icon Hi Richard, this is great information but doesn't answer the student's question. Do you think they would be a good fit for the physician route? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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