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How can I endeavour in my interests and thrive in the careers I want with this experience?

I am a year 12 student studying in the UK, but returned to HK temporarily. I am studying biology, chemistry, single math and Japanese at the moment, and I am considering nursing/medicine and other healthcare professions as my future career.

I hope that I can learn more from volunteering and people who are benefiting could be happy.

#healthcare #science #medical #medicine #nursing

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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Gordon,

It sounds like you are on the right track with what you are studying and the field(s) you are considering to go into. I highly suggest volunteering at a local hospital (when or you feel it is safe to do so, of course) to get your foot in the door their and see how hospitals run. From my experience, a hospital will have various volunteer opportunities in different areas/wards of the hospital. Reach out to some people in the UK (when you return) or HK to job shadow and see what a nurse, doctor, hospital administrator, pharmacist, dietitian, laboratory services etc. do so you can get a feel for what area you want to aim for. With the current pandemic, this is a great time to get some volunteer experience in within the Public Health/Epidemiology/Biostatistics/Emergency Management realm. So I recommend taking some time to explore that area as well.

I think your best bet is to start with volunteering/job shadowing in various areas to see what piques your interest the most and then focus more specifically in that area. Starting prior to attend college is a great idea as you will start college with a major and a pathway to your education along with some background experience which many of your peers may not have.
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Carlos’s Answer

Hi Gordon,

That's great to hear! In addition to working directly at a hospital, based on your background and international experience, you might also consider volunteering with local/international nonprofits that do work in the healthcare, medical services space. For example, you could help by providing translation support to healthcare workers working in HK or Japan. That can help you not only get first-hand experience working alongside health professionals but also continue to develop some of your other skills.

Hope this helps!
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Zahida’s Answer

These are really good topics as a starting point. As you study and grow, you may have the option to specialize in a specific area. The key is to keep at it with passion and if you can help out at hospitals through any summer or volunteer programs, look out for these as and when it is acceptable to do this.
You can also find out from school or search for any virtual volunteering programs that may exist for hospitals, nursing homes.

IF you are studying in the UK, but plan to stay in HK and get a career there eventually, just check to make sure you have the relevant requirements for nursing in HK.
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Richard’s Answer


Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask the physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them
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