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What is a good job choice??

If you don't know what you want to do, how can you ensure that you will have a successful career path? I want to do radiology but it will take a decade to finish and I don't know if I can do it for that long.

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Marla’s Answer

To be a Radiologic Technologist is a 2 year course maybe 3 plus prerequisites. What we recommend Is doing your prerequisites first before you enter the program, The two-year course is straight through summers included and can be a very heavy load If he did not get the prerequisites out of the way. If you want to be a Radiologist, that requires medical school which can become a decade.
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Shannon’s Answer

Piggybacking off of Marla's answer, you could look at a radiologic technologist program. Depending on the ultimate degree you earn—an associate or a bachelor's degree—a radiologic technologist program can vary in length from roughly two to four years. If you find you have an aptitude for it and like it, then continue to pursue being a Radiologist. I know several people who are making a good living as an RT and because it's a field in demand of its services, they have control of the hours they want to work and being on-call. Imaging is rapidly replacing exploratory surgeries and other invasive procedures as noted in the following website https://www.cleveland.edu/radiography-degree-career-reality-vs-what-you-thought/#:~:text=The%20healthcare%20role%20rad%20techs,surgeries%20and%20other%20invasive%20procedures. The educational return on investment (ROI) is good for this field.
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Duran’s Answer

Hi Hibah, this depends on what you want for yourself long-term. I would suggest volunteering or doing an internship in that field to see if you really like it. This should give you a better understanding and hopefully help you make the right choice when it comes to a job or career.
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Samantha’s Answer

Hibah, I am going to give you the same advice I gave someone else here because the question is the same. The truth is you, and you alone, need to figure out your purpose. Your dreams. Your passion. No one anywhere can tell you that. You need to spend some time thinking and maybe trying some things. When I was 13 years old I "found" organization. I LOVE organization. I could spend my entire day organizing and never get bored of it. I forget to eat and don't watch the clock while I am organizing. Because I love it so much. Bringing order to chaos gives me such pleasure and a sense of productivity. I sleep soundly after thoroughly organizing something. What do you love? It would be something you could never get bored of learning about. I have more books on organizing than any other non fiction category. I jump out of bed in the morning when I know I am going to be organizing that day. What is your passion? What do you think about all the time?
You may not know what this is yet, but thinking about what calls you and what you really enjoy doing will eventually lead you there. Radiology may well be your passion, but it should a solid decision, not something you are unsure about.
Time spent learning about you is never wasted time. Learn who you are. What makes you, you
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Eric’s Answer

One of the best ways to seek out a career you would be good at or something you would like to do, is to perform a self assessment for choosing a career. You can choose the college route, trade school route, or go straight in to the workforce while focusing on where you would like to be. There are many resources on the internet and I would recommend creating a LinkedIn account, add your resume and skills and utilize any of the free services they offer. Another great resource is monster jobs, which offer assessments as well:
https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/best-free-career-assessment-tools
I have also used Indeed, but beware of the services that will charge you for assessments, unless you are willing to pay for them. But with so many free resources, a small investment of time to do research will reap dividends in the long run. I wish you well in finding your career.

Eric recommends the following next steps:

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/best-free-career-assessment-tools
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Abigail’s Answer

Like what I have always suggested to individuals who wants to know if they can do a certain career is volunteer in different industries- healthcare settings such as hospitals have a volunteer options and certain departments. That is one chance you can observe and see if the workload is doable and you can rise up to the challenges that will occur. If you’re already working in an industry- observe. From that point you can research the subjects that the school requires.
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Sallie’s Answer

Personally speaking, while money is a driving factor for most, it wont make you love what you do. find a career that you dont mind showing up for every day. Life is too short to waste away 8+ hours a day doing something you dont enjoy doing. Ive been working for about 15 years now and I can tell you that showing up, doing the work, and being successful are so much easier when you want to actively be present. When you arent counting down the hours on the clock waiting to go home. Try out different things until you find what it is that drives your passion
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