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I don't know what to do?

Hello, i am a student currently in senior high school. I don't know what I want to do as a career though, and I was wondering if you could help. I want to go into a medical field and I know that I want to talk and socialise with patients, I want to help save lives, by talking, by talking them through.

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J. Camille’s Answer

First, it is a great step to reach out to others to gather more information. This is a great skill to have throughout your life. For your answer, I work in an in-patient Psychiatric Behavioral Health Unit in a Hospital that you have to at least have your Masters of Social Work Degree (MSW) in. You meet with patients one on one. You are an advocate and help with reviewing all their individual needs with each patient assigned on your caseload. You work with multiple other staff members within the Unit, Hospital, and community resources while doing your important job. It is a very important job and you are also a part of their treatment team. I love this work and every patient is different and unique. I love meeting with each of my assigned patients initially and each weekday. This is just one option but to me it sounds like it fits what you have described. I wish you nothing but the best in your career endeavors. Perhaps meet with your school counselor to set up a meeting at a University who has a Bachelor of social work program and Masters Program. You get much experience as well in this educational process. Most Directors over University (fully accredited) Social Work can meet with you directly with an appointment to provide more information and you can ask more questions from them. You are working in a hospital medical setting, working with patients one on one and also are part of a team. I have loved my experiences in this Job and the knowledge and experiences have been invaluable.
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Ing. David Francis’s Answer

First of all, you already have a direction of what you want to do. Next is talk with those who have more experience than you what best route you can take. Explore all the areas and keep an open mind. It is normal that in life sometimes you feel lost and do not know where you will end up, do not get discouraged. Keep following your dreams. Take care.
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Sharon Jean’s Answer

I would find out what your interests are by taking the online John Holland Self-Directed Search. I have attached the online search here: https://self-directed-search.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiAh9qdBhAOEiwAvxIokwqiOdi5Ix0eraM8Kq71vC5o2kSg_KcmsTwqoMeRezcsW0ADX3jMLxoCTYEQAvD_BwE

Some of what you have are only interest or hobbies, but then there are some things that you would like to do for a career and I would start there and choose.

Good luck with your search.
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John Arjay’s Answer

Good day!

If you want to socialize with patients; Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, and/or Social work, Physical/Occupational therapy, Nutrition Science, Pharmacy etc. are your options to major in college that are health/medical field related.

You can read more about those programs online or you can talk to your guidance counselor for more insights.

Good luck!


Regards,
JAE
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Diane’s Answer

Hi Shani, it sounds like you have a good/general idea of what you want to do. It sounds like Behavorial Health or Social Work is the path that interests you. Speak with your guidance counselor at school to see if there are any opportunities for you to be set up to shadow with a professional in one of these areas so you can gain some experience/knowledge on the day to day of these professions. If you don't have this opportunity from within your school then take some time to contact local professionals in these areas and tell them you are high school senior looking to enter one of these fields and if you could spend some time with them to gain knowledge in these professions. You could also reach out to universities you are looking to attend (if they offer these degrees) to speak with someone in the admissions office to obtain information in these specific professions. Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! Shani
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