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fresh graduate, need help to go for next step

I just graduated with my biomedical science degree (BS) ( I was thinking to going for medical school, or PA school, or AA school , or vet med school ). My situation has changed, I want to do WFH jobs. I haven't found much jobs I could do, I been applying for clinical research associate jobs... but they are not the best fit, so far all I got are rejection.

I was thinking to get into a master program, that would lead me to a WFH job.... I feel like the only program I would be able to do is biostatistic, or bioinformatic. I toke some statistic class in college, used some R... I'm not great at it but I'm willing to practice to get better.

I think I need overall guidance and direction... maybe there are different master programs I should be looking for? if anyone have any ideas, please feel free to share.

Thank you ahead , Merry Christmas

Thank you comment icon Working from home is very difficult in that field. However, you can always go on indeed and see if there’s any opportunities to do so. Alexa Dzubak
Thank you comment icon I know a lot of nurses actually work from home doing telahealth! Alexa Dzubak
Thank you comment icon You also need to narrow down what you are most interested in doing and begin your search. Also, tailor your resume around the kind of position you're seeking. And as Alexa suggested Indeed is a great lead. LinkedIn is good place to network with others in your field. Valerie Joyner
Thank you comment icon Take the MCAT please. Good luck. Susan Mathur

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Prof. Hisham Hussein Imam’s Answer

Hi Li
Merry Christmas to all. Working from home is a very good idea specially nowadays. However, you have to strengthen your abilities to make yourself competitive because too many people are interested to work from home and the competition iv very high. Another issue is that a would advise you to concentrate on your own field of primary study because you background will help you to be more skilled faster Good luck and keep us updated regarding your progress.
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the help. Li
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Timothy J.’s Answer

I am a little confused. Does the graduate program need to be remote as well or is working from home just the long term goal?

There are no virtual programs in veterinary medicine but it is a degree that opens MANY doors including research positions. Telehealth in vet med is new and growing. It will be a vital part of our profession being able to address access to care as the growth in the need for services continues to far outpace the growth in the number of skilled providers.
If addition schooling needs to be remote, there are virtual programs in veterinary technology that are approved by the AVMA and would qualify you to sit for the national exam. Once you become a licensed professional you would be in extremely high demand with many positions that would allow you to work from home. Most programs can be completed in less than 2 years for someone who already has their BS.
Thank you comment icon I'm willing to do in person, hybrid, or online for study, but I want the job to be home base. I haven't met much WFH vet, are you a WFH vet? could you tell me more detail about your work? thank you. Li
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Delaney’s Answer

Hi there! I just wanted to give a plug for genetic counseling. The career is a two year Master's degree, a specialized degree like PA. Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals who specifically work in the hereditary/genetic disease space. There are TONS of WFH positions for genetic counselors. Since we do not do any physical exams, we are great candidates for remote work.

Genetic counseling offers the opportunity to work in laboratories, a more science-heavy role, or in clinic with patients. Both are amazing.

Also; there are two hybrid programs for genetic counseling. The classes are remote, and clinical rotations have the potential to be in your region.

https://www.nsgc.org/About/About-Genetic-Counselors
Thank you comment icon thank you, I forgot about genetic counseling... I will check it out. Li
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Yuezhe’s Answer

I think I can provide some general direction here.

A little about myself. I got my PhD in biomedical science and now I am a Quantitative Systems Pharmacology scientist WFH. And almost all my colleagues WFH.

Most of them have strong quantitative background (I.e. background in math and/ or statistics). Those training could come from graduate training in public health, statistics, math, biostatistics, or clinical pharmacology. I think any of these master program could help you to end up with a WFH job.

In addition, my friends who work as computational biologists are also able to work from home. One of them was trained as a computational geneticist and mines data from UK Biobank. The other one is a clinical genetist, work on patient genetic data to identify potential harmful mutations.

Those are the positions I know that can work from home and somehow related to your background.

I wouldn’t fuss too much about not being fluent in R. Most people get much better after using it in a real project. Also as a scientist myself, I constantly have to learn new programming language on the fly in my work.

I think the most important thing at this point is to find out what you are interested in and what graduate programs your background qualify for. There are many avenues to a WFH job. Try your best to find a program in some big city so you may network with more people to find out more opportunities.

Thank you comment icon thank you so much! Li
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Constance’s Answer

There are many job opportunities for providers in mental health to work from home doing virtual appointments.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice, Constance. Li
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Atul’s Answer

I believe your priority shall be finding an employment that is in your field vs WFH jobs.
Face the reality that some jobs can’t be WFH.
Expand your horizon and apply in states such as MA, CA and NJ where there is a significant number of companies are located.
Once you land on your feet, your employer may be flexible enough to allow you to do WFH.
Before seeking higher education, explore above vs incurring student loan debt.
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