sophie wrote: ↑
Tue May 15, 2018 6:58 am
Desert wrote: ↑
Mon May 14, 2018 4:19 pm
Hey, maybe a silly question, but if you had a daughter entering college right now, what career would you recommend?
I have a niece in college who did a pre-med track and is asking the very same question. Going to medical school now is something I just can't recommend to anybody unless you're super smart & infinitely energetic & hell bent on becoming a neurosurgeon. A physician extender like nursing would be better, although you still have to have a high tolerance for regulatory b-s. Medical research is an awesome career, but it's a long, hard, and very uncertain road. Best option is probably to become a veterinarian. They're the happiest people I know in the medical field, which is probably why vet schools are now more competitive than med schools. Chiropractic is similar, but that comes with a weird faith-based philosophy that I can't subscribe to.
I guess the best advice would be: find an area that makes you happy and then think about fashioning a career where you have lots of flexibility/options including the ability to retire early. The worst thing is to lock yourself into a situation where you have no choice but to keep working full time until full retirement age.
I like that summary in your last paragraph. My (now 11 year old) son's comments when I told him I quit my job were pretty humorous. He said something like "wow, you can DO that? That's pretty crazy, I've never heard of anyone's Dad just quitting and staying home." I hope it ends up being a positive for him as well, to see that there are possibilities other than lifelong wage earning, given some preparation. I'd love to see him go to Vet school, but his strengths are not in rote memorization that is required in many science classes, nor in hand-eye fine coordination required for animal surgery. He does absolutely love animals though, so we'll see if that leads somewhere. Right now, I'm guessing he'll end up in some crazy tech area that I don't understand.
It's interesting you mention Chiropractic. I saw a Chiropractor over the past year, a few times. I had never gone to one before, but I was trying everything to avoid shoulder surgery to correct an impingement problem. The orth surgeon recommended going in and removing about a half inch of bone, followed by a year of PT. After hearing that recommendation, my first thought was "well, I guess I'll learn to live with impingement." So I went to this young chiropractor, and now 9 months or so later, the shoulder pain is all gone. I can't say it all happened in his office ... he did have a lot of recommendations regarding my posture, seated position at my desk, in my car, etc. He also did some tissue manipulation to lengthen some muscles and work some knots out. The end result has been very positive, somehow. I'm not saying I'm a Chiro-believer, but in this sample of one, something good happened. Maybe he was operating more as a skilled PT than a chiropractor, however.