There are so many health science careers. How do I chose the one that is right for me? I feel like I am interested in so many things in this field (Nursing, sports medicine, physical therapy, etc.) but each career is very specific to only one thing.
It's awesome that you have so many interests in healthcare. One option that my son did while in medical school was to participate in an "un-paid" summer internship program. Although he did not get paid for his time he focused on the experience and knowledge he gained while working directly with a private medical practice. To this day, he's still friends with the doctor, nurses, and staff. Best of luck to you!
Research the different careers in more detail: Look into what each career involves, the typical tasks and responsibilities, and the required education and training. This will help you understand what each career entails and whether it aligns with your interests and goals.
Consider your strengths and preferences: Think about what you are good at and enjoy doing. Do you prefer working with patients one-on-one, or do you enjoy more administrative tasks? Do you prefer working with a specific age group or population? These factors can help you identify which careers might be a good fit for you.
Talk to people in the field: Reach out to people who work in the careers you are interested in and ask them about their experiences. You can also shadow someone in their job or do an internship to get a better sense of what the work is like.
Get advice from a career counselor: A career counselor can help you explore your options and identify which careers might be the best fit for you based on your interests, strengths, and goals.
Ultimately, it's important to choose a career that aligns with your values and interests and that you will find fulfilling and rewarding. It may take some time to figure out which career is right for you, but the effort you put into researching and exploring your options will be worth it in the long run.
The good news is that *many* healthcare professions require the same education (science, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology classes). As you go on your path to figuring out what you want to do, remember it's okay to change your mind! I know several people that graduated with one degree, and went back to school to become something else.
You don't have to have it figured out right now. I would encourage you to:
1. Job shadow or volunteer at a hospital or clinic
2. Check out the programs offered at your local community colleges (ultrasound, Radiology, EMT, nursing, OT assistant, PT assistant)- they are 2 year degrees that can help you get on the right path! This will help you get going on a path, fulfill education requirements, and reduce the amount of loans while figuring it out.
That's where most adults get in trouble- they went straight to a 4 year school and got a degree just to have one- and now have trouble paying back loans on something they never wanted.
So, take your time and get as much exposure as you can- volunteer, job shadow, internships, informational interviews will all help you!
It would be a great idea to shadow doctors, physical therapists, etc while you are in college. A great time to do this is on your summer breaks. I would also research each occupation, which can be as simple as a YouTube video! I also think the compensation ($$$) is a important aspect to consider as well. Goodluck.
Angelin Shamili’s Answer
I have been there before so i can understand that totally. The best thing is to go for Job Shadowing option.
1. Firstly, you have to reach out to the local hospitals or clinics for volunteering opportunities.
2. From there you can reach out to the professionals and ask for a shadowing opportunity.
3. You can even see some youtube videos where they share their experience of being a professional (Nursing, sports medicine, physical therapy) and their daily routine.
4. You can ask friends or family who is already in the field about their experiences.
5. You can look for local Medical Society of your place and get involved in the events, so that you can meet more professionals and you can form a network. They can help you better.