Principles of Career and Life Planning

Principles of Career and Life Planning 5782 University at Albany 5/09/13 The road to success has always been paved with many obstacles. When I first decided on what I would plan on being in the future, I was a little girl (about four years old). Many people in my family were a part of the medical field, mainly nurses. As I continued to get older, I received more practice and more knowledge about the medical field and I would go back and forth on whether I would become a nurse or a doctor, and I still face that conflict today. However, I am positive that I will stick to the medical field.

I have discovered other career paths, and I can never see myself loving them as much as I love the medical field. The way medicine works amazed me and I always found it interesting to help people. When I started learning more about the medical field, I learned how difficult it would be to get where I needed to go. Each day, I try as hard as I can to get closer to my goal of becoming a doctor. The road to becoming a doctor is an extremely long process. After high school, 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of residency are required, which is approximately 11 years.

One is usually tired of school after 8th grade; imagine having to do 11 years after high school. Despite all of this, I would still like to be a pediatrician. Because a good amount of my family has occupations in the medical field, they have continuously encouraged me to enter this field as well. Therefore, it is safe to say that they were a big influence in me making my overall decision. Even though they were a big influence, I do not have hopes of becoming a pediatrician just because of them. What I love most about my family dealing with my career choice is their support.

Usually when I tell somebody that I would like to become a doctor, they laugh or tell me “Good luck”, while not really meaning it, or assuring me that I will change my major once I see how hard it is. Instead of letting these arrogant comments get to me, I usually use them as more motivation to get closer to my goal of becoming a doctor. I am fully aware of how hard it will become and I am aware of how long it will take, but with the proper dedication and the proper motivation, it is absolutely possible for me to reach my goal. The MBTI and SII were an extreme help to my career development.

Just in case my plan of becoming a doctor backfires, which is possible can happen; it is always safe to have a back up plan. Before receiving the results from my MBTI report, I honestly did not even have a backup plan, even though I knew that I should. The MBTI gave me a variety of careers based on my answers, and some careers seemed shocking but nonetheless it was still extremely helpful. In my report, the 3 most careers fit for me were Health Care Support, Personal Care and Service, and Office and Administrative Support, which seemed pretty legit to me.

This definitely helped me because I was only focused on medical, but I never knew that I might actually be good at Office and Administrative Support. So since I have a little time before I can make an absolute final decision, I can explore that career and see how good I like it just incase my goal doesn’t work out the way I wish for it to. What I also appreciated about the MBTI were the suggested strategies about my personal challenges. By the answers I gave, the MBTI was able to identify the personal challenges I face and strategies that can help me improve.

Sometimes, I am aware of my personal problems but it is difficult to find a solution. Therefore, it was a big plus that it was able to give legitimate enough solutions. The SII was similar to the MBTI except it was more geared towards suggestions for other occupations, which was also a huge help. Amongst my interest areas included mostly ones geared towards the medical career and children, which is exactly what I have plans on doing. Overall, I am glad that I took the two inventories and I’m sure they will be a great help to me in case things do not work out the way I want it to.

Personal values have also contributed to my career choice. I was raised to be a humble person and to always give back; it was highly emphasized by my parents. When I attended Girl Scouts as a child, we were always taught values such as humbleness, patience, etc. Performing community service was extremely frequent, and I always enjoy helping others. Even after I left Girl Scouts, I found myself constantly volunteering for community service any opportunity that it was offered. In high school, a certain amount of hours of community service was required to graduate.

However, when I did do my community service, it was never just because I had to do it; I’m just so used to doing community service and I enjoy it so much. Another factor that contributes to my choice is my religion. I am Catholic, and I believe that we are a reflection of Jesus himself, meaning he would want us to do as he did. Humbleness was one of the main virtues that he possessed. I also look at the people who surround me; my family. My dad’s side of the family has a foundation, The Leoda Jusma Foundation, in which we make annual trips to Haiti and give back to the poor.

My aunt is a doctor and she is usually the one in charge of all the trips to Haiti. We mostly bring medical supplies, shoes, clothing, condoms, etc. On the trip, we provide medical care that is not provided to certain people, mainly the poor. I haven’t had the chance to attend any of these trips just yet, but when I do I am positive that it will be a beautiful experience. When I see pictures of my aunt providing the poor with medicine and performing surgeries in the severe cases, it makes me even more motivated and determined and excited to enter the medical career.

I find it amazing what medicine can do for the human body and to be a part of something like that would be an honor to me. To be a doctor, one must have certain abilities and skills. Some of these include the main ones needed to succeed in any career, such as determination, motivation, etc. I know that being a doctor requires a lot of time and energy, and I am expected to be available 24/7. To be a doctor, you have to be good at what you do, seeing that your patient is putting their life in your hands.

Therefore, even though everybody is human and humans make mistakes, it is a huge deal if a doctor makes a mistake. And since your patient’s life is in your hands, you have to be trustworthy. A patient would never want to have a doctor that they cannot trust, especially their pediatrician. It is one thing if somebody does not trust you with his or her life, but it is another story if they do not trust you with their children’s life. Some other abilities and skills include being kind, genuine, and caring. I believe that I possess these abilities, since I am around children all the time.

Every job that I have ever had in the past had to deal with children; going from being a dance teacher to being a counselor at numerous day camps. Many times, I’ve had to call and meet with parents assuring them that they could trust me with their child/children and it isn’t easy to gain a parent’s trust. It also isn’t easy to maintain that parent’s trust, but I believe with practice, it is easier to. Another thing a pediatrician must have is patience, which is what anybody needs when dealing with children. I use my own pediatrician as a role model as well.

When I told her my interests of becoming a pediatrician like herself, she strongly encouraged me and gave me tips on what would make the process easier, which was extremely helpful. This particular class overall helped me in my career path. Learning to make cover letters and resumes the proper way helped me to properly prepare for future interviews. The mock interview and the criticism from the class also helped me to know what to expect in the future. I found myself being extremely comfortable during the mock interview and practicing the questions before the interview also helped a lot.

I have in fact done real interviews in the past and they have all been successful. Even when you do practice possible questions that your interviewer may ask, there will always be some questions that he/she will ask that you are not prepared for. I learned through the mock interview that the best thing to do would be take your time and really think before asking, and remain calm at all times. Overall, I am pretty confident in my career choice. I have a plan, and I have backup plans. I have the proper people behind me to support me.

If things do not work out the way I want to, I am confident still because I have something to fall back on. Everything in life is not easy, but with the right mindset, one can go very far, and I believe I have the right mindset to become a doctor. Practice and knowledge makes perfect, therefore I plan on constantly practicing and learning about my career path while I am on the way. In a few years, I am certain that I will be successfully in the medical field.