For the first time in my life, I’m starting to have doubts about my future. I’ve always known that I want to be a doctor, and everything I’ve done has been geared towards this goal. But after our Med Career Evening, I’m now a bit unsure of what I want to do.
Now if you’re reading this, Abs (mum), I’m not planning on quitting or anything like that, so you can stop freaking out- what I’m unsure about is what I want to specialise in.
Anyone who knows me well will know that I’ve wanted to be a paediatrician for a while. Being the keen bean I am, I’ve already started doing extra curricular activities related to this, such as working with children by Sunday school teaching and volunteering as a Play Assistant, clinical placements shadowing Paediatric consultants, joining the Paediatric Society and Teddy Bear Hospital, and so on.
I’d never considered doing anything else, so when most of the speakers at the Career Evening kept saying that you need to keep your options open, I was like, “…Oh.” One of them said that it’s not good to only focus on one plan, because you might end up changing your mind, and then not have a back up, or enough experience in other fields to boost your CV, when applying for jobs.
So what does this all mean for me? I now know I need to branch out more and explore different areas. I even made a list of ideas:
It’s funny, I thought the days of doing things to boost applications and look more “well rounded” were a thing of the past now that I’ve made it to medical school, but nope, that hustling life goes on!
Also, apart from paediatrics, I am very very interested in working overseas/volunteering with charities like the International Medical Corps (IMC), so that’s something I’ll definitely be looking into. I was an Humanitarian Ambassador for the IMC back in school, but I haven’t really done much for them since being at uni, so it’ll be great to start that up again.
As corny as it might sound, I think it’s so great that we all have so many options and opportunities ahead of us. Right now, the medical world is our oyster, and I find that very exciting. Just thinking about where we could all be in like 20 years motivates me to keep working hard, which is a good thing because we have our first exam next week…