What are some back up professions or careers?
I'm thinking about going into the medical field and I know that it's tough. Even though it'd be a dream to study medicine, I figured that I should be on the safe side and have a backup job I can fall back on if things don't work out. Any suggestions for those kinds of jobs? #job #medicine #healthcare #career #career-choice
CRUISE LINE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Every cruise ship will have a trained medical staff onboard. This includes nurses and physicians who are on staff to attend to both passengers and crew members. As you might imagine with so many people in a concentrated space, a few injuries tend to pop up. Nurses working on a cruise ship must be registered, with at least three years of hospital experience. Nurses, just like the ship’s doctor, are on call 24 hours for walk-in treatment of passengers’ minor aches and pains. They also attend to the crew, accounting for the majority of emergency care that is required onboard. Because crew members are the ones working with the ship’s equipment, running on slippery decks, lifting heavy trays, and working around hot ovens, they are the ones who succumb to the most accidents. While on most occasions there aren’t serious injuries or issues, having a qualified medical staff onboard is not only logical for when such occasions arise, but it is also the law. Passengers and crew can rest easy knowing that trained medical staff members are onboard if something should happen. These travel nursing jobs represent a great way to enjoy the field of medicine while traveling the world. The pay isn’t bad either.
HOLLYWOOD HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Medical healthcare professionals work side-by-side with TV and film creators to help them develop and fact-check stories by drawing from their medical knowledge and real-life experiences as script consultants. They might meet with a writer at the beginning of a story development to help provide context about the character or setting they are trying to create. Sometimes, they might be “on call” as questions come up during the writing process. Or, they might look at a near-final script to spot inaccuracies or add some suggestions. Some of the questions that come up might involve hospital procedures, medical terminology, how equipment is used, and even the relationship dynamics that exist within a doctors/hospital unit. In order to do well in this role, medical healthcare professionals must be able to appreciate and respect creative license, communicate well, and make themselves available when questions arise. Often, writers are working on a tight deadline, so being available to consult and share feedback in a timely manner will make it more likely that you’ll get repeat business.
DISNEY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
According to DisneyCareers.com, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (including Walt Disney World in Florida) and the Walt Disney Studios hire professionals for their Medical/Nursing team that care for Disney staff, cast members and visitors alike. You’ll be a part of a global team that treats patients in the event of occupational injuries or illnesses, and promotes healthy living through the development and implementation of health fairs, wellness programs and flu vaccinations. Examples of the types of healthcare positions at Disney properties include registered nurses, health services managers, medical services technicians or medical assistants, Occupational Safety and Health Administration directors, health care administrators and transitional duty assistants. Disney also has a college program, i.e. internships and educational opportunities, open to college students of any major.
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You have gotten some great feedback from others in this site. I think that you really need to be careful about trying to do too much, especially when it comes to the medical field. I would say first - explore exactly what you want to do. One of the best people I know, my sister in law, is a nurse. During her career, she has gone from being a nurse to training nurses. She is now a teacher, an educator. I also known EMTs, firemen, and even dental assistants. I think that there are a lot of "backup plans" within the medical field, with varying levels of education needed to get started. If you are truly passionate about the medical field, I would challenge you to determine what your passion is within that field. That passion will get you through the hard days in your studies.
The world needs passionate, knowledgeable medical professionals. It is a profession where you will be learning all your life. I would also encourage you to advantage of the core classes that you take along with getting a diploma. I would make sure that you take art, archeology, business, any other courses that allow you to see beyond your primary field. That will give you relief from the challenge of medical classes. It is good to have well rounded knowledge along with sometimes just being plain fun. I am an Instructional Designer and yet one of my favorite classes while getting my degree was Astronomy! It was so different from my English and Business classes, that it was almost like play.
Good luck with your medical studies.
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If you want to stay in healthcare, you should think about training and/or majoring in things like EMT, Healthcare Administration, Health Informatics and athletic training/kinesiology.
Outside of healthcare, you can think about getting a major that will help you get employed soon after undergraduate like business administration or economics.
If you are really passionate about healthcare than I say stick to it! There are so many opportunities! If you are looking to get your foot in the door try scribing, companies are usually really flexible with student school schedules and you get to observe physicians in the real world.
I would also highly recommend shadowing different professions to get a better understanding. I had no medical connections but ultimately found some opportunities by just emailing offices.
I myself have just applied to PA schools this year (just submitted my applications!) so if you have any questions regarding the process let me know!
My backup plan if PA school fails is to pursue science, I have a B.S. in cell biology and biotechnology and would probably pursue a PhD.
Best of luck!
Sales can be a very rewarding industry if you are an extrovert, can manage your time well, can handle some rejection, and are up for a challenge. In medical device sales/Surgical sales you have the benefit of impacting and improving the health of the general public while introducing new technologies and innovations to healthcare providers.
While studying healthcare and medicine is a hard field to break into, it is very rewarding. I studied Biochemistry and was pre-med in college and the best advice I can give you is to take all the internship and shadowing opportunities that come your way and be open minded. Be mindful of what jobs and situations you thrive in. Having a minor or experience unrelated to science/healthcare can broaden your horizons, making it easier to have a "back up plan" while also strengthening your resume.
Best of luck to you!
1) Major in business. If you succeed in getting in to medical school you will need the business knowledge in your practice some day. If medical school doesn't work out you will have other career options.
2) Biomedical engineering. There will be overlap between your degree plan and the premed requirements. As with business you will be able to get a job right out of college
First off, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. I talked myself out of the medical field after one semester of college because I didn't think I could do it. Don't make that mistake. However, if you want a good backup, I would always recommend a business degree.
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On the other hand, having too much on your plate and dispersing your energy on different things or roles can result in being exhausted and having the feeling of not progressing in any direction. It's really well described in the book called "Essentialism".
If you feel that having this plan B is the most comfortable option for you, think about something that is related to your hobby. Also, keep working on the networking piece. It's easier to switch from one career to another when you have someone that can recommend you and also brief about requirements etc.
The medical field is an amazing career I applaud you for considering that direction. My friend has been in a similar position, but has begun thinking about it further in his journey. From the beginning his goal was to become a PA, to him this meant picking an easy major to achieve a high GPA and take the required classes to get accepted to PA school. But half way through junior year he thought that he might not want to spend the extra three years going to PA school and he knew that most jobs with the degree he chose would require him going to graduate school as well.
With this all taken into consideration, in his reflection he felt that instead of choosing a major that would help his GPA he should have chosen one that would have given him a successful way out if his mind changed without having to take additional schooling. His logic made sense to me, I do believe that if you do decide to take a path similar to what he wished he had then it could come at a cost as well. Some that I can think of could be: that the require classes for PA school may only be offered to certain majors in your school, you may need to take more than the required credits for your degree if the required PA classes don’t count toward your major, and being a non-traditional major may weigh against you compared to the more common major applicants to PA school. I do suggest that if you are confident that being a PA is something you want to do it would be best to put all your focus into achieving that goal.
I hope this story helps!