Hello, I was hoping to seek advice from persons in the medical field, or from those persons who have a good working knowledge of it.
I’m presently working in the financial industry, and have been for several years now. I went to school for liberal arts degrees, but there are few jobs in the areas I studied. I’ve long thought of going on for a PhD and teaching at the college level, but every turn in this direction I come across books, articles or graduate students that inform me of how extremely difficult it is to obtain tenure.
Job security is important to me, to provide for a family, but also is the sense that I am in the right job field, pursuing my vocation. In the financial industry, I feel like a black sheep. My skills are not being utilized, I am not advancing, and I sense from my colleagues and clients that they wonder why I am there. I have no passion for sales, which have become of paramount importance in my position. I often find that I am more invested, emotionally, in my customer and colleagues’ health than in sales achievements.
For the past several months, one of my best friends, who recently graduated from medical school, has been trying to coax me into the medical field. I tell him that I have no previous background in biology or medicine, and that I had not considered it. However, in the past several weeks, I have given additional thought to the matter, and wonder if there is a place for me. I do well with emergency situations in remaining calm and rational, and in the past have done well with first aid training. I’ve been to the hospital several times as a patient, and every time I’ve been fascinated by the procedures performed on me and my roommates, and enjoy conversing with the nurses, both male and female. I sense that my personality is better suited to
the medical field, but do not know if this is where God wants me to be. It would be a 180 degree change from everything Ive pursued so far.
In addition to insight, could persons please answer the following two questions:
For someone with no medical background, a male in his 30s (me), not married but dating a woman with children, what would be the most economically viable direction in medicine to take? Nursing?
Do certain medical conditions bar individuals from the medical field?