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i will probably be going for the medical field but i am still confused as to what career i will choose after that. I get bored of my tasks very easily, especially if the said task doesn't intrigue me

i am someone who gets bored very easily if the task at hand is not intriguing #career #career-counseling #future

Well what kind of tasks do you find intriguing? What type of tasks seem to bore you the most? Nancy Vo

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John’s Answer

I recommend that you "shadow" people in the medical industry. The medical industry is huge, and there are people working in various parts of the medical industry in essentially every community in the USA. People think of being a doctor or a nurse--someone who provides direct patient care. There are many other roles, whether working in Information Technology, Human Resources, the Law Department, Finance, etc. Additionally, you can work for companies who provide technology and supplies to the medical industry. Companies like Medtronic, J&J, etc. Again, the best way to learn what you like is to spend time with people in the industry and ask yourself, "Would I like to do what they do, day after day?" If the answer is no, or I don't think so, explore something else. If you want to be good at anything, you have to work hard, and working hard is a whole lot easier if the work you're doing is something you find interesting and challenging.

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Audrietta’s Answer

Hi, something to think about is what you may be curious about. The medical field also includes research and problem solving. And there are tons of problems to solve. Think about where there are healthcare disparities anywhere around the world. Underserved populations could really use someone who's curious and who may be on a path to solving simple yet complex problems. As someone mentioned earlier, the medical field is wide open, yet always new discoveries. I saw a 60 Minutes special recently about new innovations in helping veterans who come back with leg injuries that would normally lead to amputations but instead new therapies in physical and occupational therapies help them along a journey of complete recovery. Also, with COVID 19 virus impacting the world, many underserved communities may need help getting basic medical needs, innovations or technologies in their communities. You could be a key connector in different ways in helping those communities. That suggestion of shadowing is a good idea. To find who to shadow, you could start by checking out companies who are on the forefront of addressing some of these disparities. WHO can be a good starting place and who their partners are. Best wishes!!!

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Terence’s Answer

The medical field is an enormous area as pointed out above., like any field, there are roles across the spectrum that range across more task driven to more creative driven. The key thing to me is that you are the main person in charge of your career, so you need to drive the direction of it. Learning and exposing yourself to new areas is key, but also taking the time to define what interests you and what you're passionate about is critical.

I would guarantee you that there are roles that are not repetitive in nature, but it may require that you go through such roles to get there. The nuance of it is what you find repetitive or redundant. An ER is full of new and different challenges minute by minute, different medical challenges and high energy, many people find that really rewarding. However, some people also find that work repetitive. Same to be said for any role in any industry though, so don't be discouraged.

A close friend of mine is similar in that he needs new challenges. After his normal residency, he worked for awhile setting up trauma centers and found that immensely fulfilling. He transferred into a ER and found the work redundant, then moved to an administrative role as a chief of medicine, where he finds fulfilment. Obviously, it requires a lot of experience for any of these roles, so it's likely he had to pay his dues in roles where the work was repetitive and redundant (as you may have to).

The main thing is that he stayed dedicated to growing and learning, and exposing himself to other opportunities, and he pursued new challenges that ultimately got him to the role he is in now that he thrives in.