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1. What profession did you choose? Why? 2. How many years of college did you need to go through? 3. What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job? 4. How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field? 5. Were you in a college program? 6. Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date? 7. Did you shadow another professional in the field? 8. Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession? 9. Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years? 10. What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career? 11. What is your favorite part about working in the career you're currently in? 12. Is there a specific reason why you chose and enjoy this career? 13. Do you think the salary of this career should be higher? Why?

Hello! My name is Jasleen and I am a current high school student. I'm
conducting an interview with any professional in the field of childcare for a Foundations in Health Science Class project about careers! I have created a total of 13 questions. Comment on this post, answering all 13 questions to be a part of my assignment.

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Stephen’s Answer

1. What profession did you choose? Why?
Initially I went to school for mechanical engineering, but switched to marketing as it was apparent I wasn't going to excel in engineering.
I went back to school after 8 years in industry to get a masters in management information systems. I've always been interested in why/how things work but I'm also creative.

2. How many years of college did you need to go through?
I attended college for a total of eight years

3. What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job?
I worked for a pharmacy chain, industrial distributor, and benefits administration company

4. How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field?
IMO, unless you are doing research or will teach a PhD is not necessary.

5. Were you in a college program?
Yes, see question #1

6. Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date?
Yes, after eight years.

7. Did you shadow another professional in the field?
No, but I did do my homework by talking to other professionals, and researching on the internet.

8. Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession?
No, but I still keep in contact with my team mates from grad school and we meet regularly to discuss our professional lives.

9. Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years?
Coding was not particularly easy for me (php)

10. What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career?
Dealing with different personalities, working with teams, organization.

11. What is your favorite part about working in the career you're currently in?
Helping people solve problems.

12. Is there a specific reason why you chose and enjoy this career?
At the time I choose it because the school I worked at offered it but I always enjoyed working with computers. I enjoy my career because you can get into a lot of different industries and projects.

13. Do you think the salary of this career should be higher? Why? With current inflation I think it should be but that's out of my control, however I think it's around average.
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Becky’s Answer

Hi Jasleen,
I am always happy to support any student with their projects and these are great questions and what a thought-provoking assignment.
I am an Adult Nurse Practitioner:
1) The profession I chose is nursing
2) I completed a total of 7 years of college to get my doctorate in nursing practice
3) I worked in a private practice seeing patients after car accidents or other personal injuries
4) You decision to get your PhD is primarily dependent on your personality and goals and also your interest and passion in the subject
5) Yes I was through college
6) I went to school right after high school. I took a break between my masters and doctorate
7) I did not shadow a professional in my field.
8) I did not join any school club related to my major
9) I struggled with math
10) I believe my critical thinking, my ability to identify or notice details, my organizational skills and ability to multi-task has evolved from working initially as a nurse and then a nurse practitioner
11) I love the process of diagnosing . It is like solving a puzzle with every single patient encounter.
12) I chose nursing because I wanted to have choice and versatility in my career and this decision has not disappointed
13) I believe the salary should be higher because nurse practitioners bring a lot of revenue but they get a fraction of that

Good Luck!!!
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Janardan’s Answer

1. What profession did you choose?
Software development
Why?
I like programming. Logic and doing something for fun. I liked web development, pages and apps.

2. How many years of college did you need to go through?
4 years

3. What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job?
I did 2 months of teaching computer programming.

4. How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field?
Your interest.

5. Were you in a college program?
No

6. Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date?
I did many professional courses along with my job. I did M.B.A., Finance course, Project management certification. Now doing Masters in Data Science.

7. Did you shadow another professional in the field?
No

8. Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession?
No. I started a community of web developers. It is 7 years old and has 10K+ members.

9. Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years?
Chemistry was the least I scored.

10. What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career?
New technologies about networking (mobile, data), servers/compute, cloud, data protection.

11. What is your favorite part about working in the career you're currently in?
Working on new technologies and products. Also, guiding people in career as a people manager.

12. Is there a specific reason why you chose and enjoy this career?
Software industry is constantly evolving and changing lives. I like to learn something new - technology, leadership. Software is well paid too. I like to try new things I learn.

13. Do you think the salary of this career should be higher? Why?
No, it is right.
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