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‘Tis the season for high school graduations, and thus that (sometimes dreaded) question for graduates, "What are you gonna do?" Though college bound, I can still remember that question being pretty awkward for me, because I had no real clue of what my career interests/aspirations were. I found that a simplistic answer, like “business”, seemed to satisfy most of those that asked, though I barely even had a clue of what a focus in “business” really meant. If not for a great career counselor at my university helping to identifying my strengths in math/science, and directing me towards potential careers stemming from those interests…you wouldn’t know me as Dr. Hall!
This week, I was super proud of one of my 18 yo patients who quite confidently told me of her plans to become an Occupational Therapist, working with children. She's already working as a caretaker for special needs children, and plans to increase her hours this summer to 36 hours/week, until school starts in the fall. She said she’s known her career aspirations since age 13, after a life as a loving sister to her brother with autism. I was touched by her dedication, drive and commitment towards a career of health services for children. Having her goals so clearly defined, planned, and enacted at such an early stage was impressive. Her passion was so palpable, that I felt I could ‘see’ her future with her!
Obviously not everyone (including me) had their career goals so clearly defined by high school graduation. Though it may not feel like it at the time, this time of young adulthood is an exciting time to explore your interests, figure yourself out, and find what you’d love to see yourself doing as a career… :)
Suzanne Hall, MD (@drsuzyyhall)
Eastside Gynecology Obstetrics, PC