Choosing a college major and subsequent career can be a daunting task. If that’s how you feel, you’re not alone. Many young people find themselves struggling with the decision. In most cases, the problem is that they can see themselves succeeding in a handful of fields and positions, but they feel pressured to pick one specific path.
In my experience, I’ve found that it’s often possible to pursue various interests at once to see what feels right. Those of us with enough luck and determination may even land a career that perfectly mixes multiple fields of interest. For me, that mix was a combination of business and health care. The business side of medicine and the health care side of medicine go hand -in-hand, so I’ve found that it’s extremely valuable to be knowledgeable about both sides of the equation.
From a young age, I knew I was interested in medicine because I suffered with several health complications growing up. After high school, I immediately utilized my entrepreneurial spirit to develop businesses while also investing in myself. I balanced my education to give me a solid foundation of knowledge in both medicine and business operations, and I still continue to expand my education today.
There’s likely a way you can simultaneously master both business and medicine. For example, study two majors simultaneously, or at least earn an academic minor.
For those who don’t diversify their education until later in their college journey, there’s no need to worry. It’s always possible to earn certifications or even go on to earn an advanced degree.
Going the Extra Mile
Focusing your education in the right fields is important, but it’s the real-life experience that can set you apart after graduation. Join clubs, pursue internships and shadow as many jobs as you can. In addition to giving you tangible experience, it will also help you build connections with professionals in your desired fields.
Enjoy the Journey
You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do right now, but you should always be searching for the answer. Every step you take is a step toward your final destination. Some may be more relevant than others, but I guarantee you’ll learn valuable lessons along the way.
My journey led me to have a plethora of degrees and businesses under my belt, but that isn’t the case for everyone. Test the waters to see where you fit.