Here’s to a happier 2015!

I’ve been MIA for a few days. The holidays are a bit of a rough time for me. My spouse is awesome, and my kittens are great, though. I am very lucky in many ways.

I’m officially leaving medical school. I’m not super happy about it, especially since academically I’m doing OK. But it’s been wrecking my health and I need to take care of myself. I have nothing but admiration for the people who are able to handle it, let alone those who thrive in it. It has a ton of laudable aspects–you get to take care of people daily, solve complex problems, and get paid several thousand dollars a week. What’s not to like?

I’m still trying to figure that out myself, as well as figure out what “the next step” is. Guides like this from Vox.com don’t help much:

1) Don’t worry too much about the salary

2) Don’t follow your interests

3) Don’t do an easy job

4) Do work that has wider significance

5) Engage in a variety of different tasks

Just with those first five items, I am apparently supposed to ignore not only salary but also my current interests. It should be difficult, meaningful to me personally, and have a wide variety of tasks fall under its umbrella.

I’m surprised it doesn’t ask the readers to ignore their skills (whether they be medical diagnosis, programming, graphic design, whatever) and just apply to jobs that sound good to them. “Well, I’m here for the Chief Surgeon position because it sounded really varied. I have to hurry, though, I have an interview as a Flight Technician after this.”

Uh huh. I’m just going to say the people I saw doing the best in medical school tended to have a really strong interest in the topic, usually cultivated over many years, and a background that supported it (however–some worked as nurses, some were just Bio majors, etc). I’m sure there are a handful who were poets or actors or something. But in general I didn’t find myself surrounded by theater majors for whatever reason.

Meanwhile, other job guides seem convinced that there is One True Career/Job for everyone in the universe out there. No matter how esoteric your interests. You too can find a job involving string theory, basket-weaving and long social lunches. Just put your damn mind to it. And think positive, jerk.

2015 is certainly going to be interesting. Whatever else it will be.

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