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Planning education and career pathways

by herbertp343 (writer), , November 21, 2018

If one is interested in being a professional, there are certain things to bear in mind:

In the 21st century, it is easy to run a Google search to find what positions are in demand at the moment, such as the worrying shortage of doctors in the United States. The US is hardly alone in this regard. There is a dire shortage of physicians globally, cutting across geographies and education systems. Those who are planning to study medicine are unquestionably contemplating at a pretty safe career choice. As life spans and populations grow, the demand for doctors is, if anything, only going to increase in the years to come. Under the circumstance, it is hardly surprising that student enrolment to medical institutions in the US is on the rise.

However, in the 21st century, there are more positions opening up in the digital sphere, some of them new and unheard of but plenty are trying to anticipate and meet the needs of the evolving landscape. There are people specialising in software and enrolling in a CSPO course to meet the demands of the market. While new careers do not yet have an established pathway, if one is interested in being a professional, there are certain things to bear in mind:

  • Financial Planning: Financial planning is very possibly the last thing on your mind, as you contemplate a career in medicine, law, engineering or any other profession. However, you would do well to work out in advance what you will need to pay monthly to service your education loan and how you will repay them.

It is good to be optimistic, but better to be realistic. The undeniable reality is that student loan defaults are threatening to become a national crisis. Smart financial planning can help you avoid ending up in the ranks of those defaulters.

  • Hard Work: Any university course is demanding. Apart from lectures and practicals, there are essays to be completed and tons of notes to pore over.

If that sounds complicated, worry not, there are thousands of youngsters who are doing that. It is admittedly challenging, but any field of endeavour brings its share of challenges and your field of choice is no exception.

  • Long Road: Do not forget to factor in the length of your entire coursework. In the instance of becoming a doctor, the four years at medical school is just a part of your studies. There follows a period of three to seven years of training as a resident, depending on the area of specialisation. That means you will still have a long road ahead of you, even as peers who started off with you started their careers. It’s true that doctors in the United States are well paid, but it would be equally fair to say that it is but their reward for several years of hard work and countless sacrifices.
  • Organising Skills: While at university, you are going to be constantly juggling between activities: lectures, assignments, studies and- possibly- even work during the spare time. Managing so many things at one time is not possible unless you have a well-organised approach. If organisation is not one of your skills, you will soon need to learn it.

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