Medicine is one of the most rewarding and vitally important callings that anyone could aspire to in life. And it takes a lot of hard work, both to become a medical professional and to be a medical professional.
This makes it extremely important to choose the correct medical specialty. Med school is not the same as being a doctor, nor are internships or other forms of working experience. In fact, you can never be entirely sure that a medical specialty is for you until you actually start working in it, but you can get pretty close if you make the right preparations.
There is no need to choose your exact medical specialty when you’re a freshman at the nursing college or in your first year of med school, but you can begin to accrue the experience and information that will help you decide later.
The Effect of the Jobs Market
As mentioned, medicine is a calling, and the vicissitudes of the job market is not something that will decide what role you will ultimately fill. However, it is foolish to completely ignore the state of the job market and blindly follow what you think is your passion and ideal role. This is because the job market is, in a number of ways, a very good reflection of the medical working world.
Health Jobs Nationwide, an online jobs board, advise that by studying the jobs market, you can discover many things about what it would be like to work in certain medical professions. For example, positions with fewer applicants (a common phenomenon in the current job seekers market) might reflect those where experts and expertise are in short supply, and it could become your passion to fill a duty that is currently underserved. Similarly, jobs which are not popular, or which see recruiters lowering standards to attract employees, could indicate that these positions are not for you.
Tips for Selecting a Specialty
As it happens, looking towards those who are already working for guidance and advice is the cornerstone of all the advice for young students deciding on what to specialize. Here follows some of that advice in more detail:
Experience the Quotidian as Best You Can
Before you know if a job is right for you, you should try your best to find out what it is like day-in, day-out. You can be sure this will be nothing like studying for that position, so attend real medical institutions and speak to those working there.
Ask Seasoned Professionals How the Job is Changing
Asking someone already working in a position is a terrific way to find out about it. And asking someone that has worked there for years is an even better way. Such people will, for one thing, be able to tell you how the job has changed since they began, which will give you an idea of how it will change over the time you will spend working in it. Politics and system changes affect health jobs massively, so you should find out about this.
Seriously Consider Your Limitations
Most medical jobs take a great deal of commitment in terms of time and hard work, but some do so more than others. The most strenuous jobs are incredibly strenuous indeed. You need to seriously ask yourself if you can handle it and, after that, ask current professionals how they handle it.
A great deal of passion and idealism goes into selecting a medical specialty but, to make a good choice, a decent dose of reality needs to be added to that combination.