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How do I proceed ?

I’m not sure how to continue my journey, or at least make it easier to come out of high school. I would like for my career to be in the medical field.

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Thirada’s Answer

Hi! Hope high school is going well for you!

I recently graduated university and am about to pursue a masters, but at first, I had lots of trouble figuring out what kind of career to pursue. The best advice I can give is to get some experience and reflect on those experiences.

For example, I did 6-month internships and volunteered in labs on university campuses. The internships really help you realize if this kind of work is for you. Volunteering part time in research labs allows you to explore interests in different topics in science without it taking up too much of your time. I suggest you look for internships, shadowing, or volunteering opportunities that can help you figure out what you like and what you don't like.

One important tip: choose to intern, shadow, or volunteer with people who actually care about your success. These people will be better mentors, and will give you more learning opportunities, as well as chances to build up your resume. Also, if you're worried about getting these opportunities without having much prior experience, I would tell you to keep trying and don't give up. Surprisingly, there are people out there who want to give opportunities to enthusiastic students, even if these students don't have much on their resume yet. I hope you find some of these people and are able to build lasting mentor-mentee relationships.

Hope that helps!
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Hwal’s Answer

Alexander,

Is there something that you're having trouble with or trying to figure out? It looks like you may be thinking about a career in medicine. There are so many possibilities in medicine and health care. I'm a PA, and would recommend considering becoming a PA because it allows you to practice in any medical specialty and clinical setting. I'm in the process of transitioning from primary care to a different specialty, and this is one of the strengths and unique aspects of being a PA. Here's a link on the American Academy of PAs website and the steps to become a PA:

https://www.aapa.org/career-central/become-a-pa/

And here, you can check out the stories about many PAs working in different specialties:

https://www.pasdothat.net/

Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help with.

Hwal
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flourish’s Answer

Hi there, I trust you're having a fantastic day. I'd like to preface this by noting that my high school experience was not in the United States, so it may differ from yours, but I'll do my best to provide a comprehensive response. I was always expected to become a doctor, so my high school years were spent trying to grasp subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, and Physics. It was a challenge to keep up with my fast-paced school system, but I learned to focus on my own learning pace rather than competing with others. I found that writing down what I read, both during personal study time and in class, helped me understand better. I also made it a point to take notes during lessons and to build strong relationships with my science teachers for additional support.

To make studying more engaging, especially for subjects that might not naturally interest you, consider listening to music, using flashcards, highlighting key points, and taking regular 30-minute breaks.

In terms of your future path, I can share what works for me: I pray for guidance and try not to stress about having a detailed life plan, as life can be unpredictable. It's great that you're interested in the medical field, but now you need to figure out what aspect of it you enjoy the most. Remember, the goal is not necessarily to find a "fun" job, but rather one that you find fulfilling and enjoyable. The medical field is vast, and platforms like TikTok, Instagram, ChatGpt, and YouTube can be valuable resources for exploring different roles within it. If you later decide to pursue a different field, that's perfectly okay too. I believe high school is a time for exploration, so try out different electives and keep searching until you find what truly resonates with you.

I hope this provides some clarity and useful insights for you. Remember, your happiness and well-being should always be your top priority. Thank you.
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