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As a junior in high school how can I choose a career involved with helping people such as healthcare(a doctor) without limiting my possible career options?

I have a passion for helping and advising people and seeing them get better, I'm strongly about attracted to healthcare but science and math are my weakest subjects which a good doctor would need to be strong in. I'm more interested in the patient care send administration aspects of healthcare. However I have other passions such as writing and don't want to limit my carrier options. #doctor #pre-med #pediatrician #career-advice #writer #helping-others

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Dianne’s Answer

It's been a while since I've been in Jr high/high school however there were career tests you could take that would provide results for areas you have a natural talent for, as well as show careers you have interest in. Try to research if there are those tests (probably online now) and try taking them to see what your results reflect.
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Frank’s Answer

Hi Rita, I can assure you you're already thinking well about entering a great career field that will always be needed and personally rewarding, too! There are many opportunities in the healthcare and personal wellness fields that don't require the same rigorous medical and science training that a full-fledged doctor must complete. For example, physical therapist, counselor, health plan administrator, occupational therapist, speech specialist, dental hygienist, community coordinator, ombudsman, care center administrator, and insurance specialist are a few examples. All of these jobs assist people with challenges and help make a positive difference in their lives. Some will require some medical and scientific training, too, but generally less than a practicing doctor. I strongly recommend you discuss your question with a guidance counselor if possible. And, you can visit Chegg's website, www.chegg.com, and take a look at the Colleges, Explore and Advice sections, which may prove helpful, too. Best wishes!

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Madison’s Answer

Hi Rita,

One way to gain experiences in a variety of healthcare functions is through a rotational program. I am currently a part of the General Management Development Program at CVS Health, which will allow me to "test out" 3 business areas and role functions. Right now, I am working in Dental, Vision, and Voluntary insurance, but other program members have roles in areas like Member Experience, CVS Retail, and Medicare Operations. I often hear from program applicants that they started out with an interest in clinic healthcare, but then discovered that working in corporate for a company like CVS Health allows them to bring their passion for healthcare together with their background in business and critical thinking.
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