What jobs should I choose to explore careers that interest me?
I'm a senior student in SF and I'm interested in dentistry, neurosurgeon, cardiac surgeon and business, but I haven't choose what I really want yet.
- See if you can do a "ride-a-long" or shadow someone for a bit. Some medical facilities may allow
- Reach out to a few people in the field. Ask them for coffee or a quick Zoom. Let them know it's a big decision for your life and you want to learn from someone accomplished. Most will be happy to help. Strangely enough, according to Dan Gilbert (Harvard Psychologist), a good gauge to estimate how happy you'd be doing a job is to gauge other workers' happiness toward that job. (when I was younger I wanted to be a guitar teacher at a music school, but at music school all my 30 teachers were miserable except for one who was happy that he was going to quit. This is a legitimate concern. There's always exceptions, but worth noting).
Another quick way to gauge is to find a part time receptionist job at a medical clinic. You'll get a good sense of all the departments and roles very quickly. When I was a pharmacy tech, I met pharmacists who went to school for 8 years, then the first day or week as a pharmacist, they quit. The job was so stressful and nothing what they imagined. Working as an entry level worker will connect you with many roles for questioning and give you insight.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about your interest, your favorite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
E.g. If you have interest in Maths, would you like to be engineer, accountant, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
If you have interest in Music, you you like to be a music teacher, singer, musician, composer, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak someone who are interested in these career. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you have interest
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!