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Does anyone have some advice?

deal at cce.ubc.ca deal at cce.ubc.ca
Fri Sep 22 14:43:27 EST 1995

In article <43ikg6$n3r at news.cc.oberlin.edu> Cindy Lai <scl4558 at ocvaxa.cc.oberlin.edu> writes:
>Hi, I am currently a student at Oberlin college and I am very interested 
>in biology and medicine. I would like to have a career in the field, but 
>I have heard that medicine is not a very good option right now...The 
>field is too saturated and because of insurance and office groups, has 
>become too troublesome and money-oriented. 

>Does anyone have opinions to offer?  Would a growing field such as 
>computers or stocks be a better alternative?

I will second several of the already posted suggestions:

I understand that there is a gross shortage of women in the large-animal vet 
area - could be ripe for the taking. Lots of house (barn)-calls, not very 
glamorous, but lots of money (therefore good animal health practices) in 
cattle and even recreational horses.  I love large critters and seriously 
considered this area at one time.

Research....hmmmm....been there, grant funding ran out.  A labour of love and 
a decision that I believe should be made out of love rather than rationale.

Hospital admin is a huge and growing field - I don't believe that the pundits 
feel that it is even close to peaking yet.  Problem - it ain't science - not 
even close.

I am in education - not as a teacher but as a program designer and 
coordinator.  I spend much time on admin, but also get to be as creative as I 
wish in terms of developing course ideas.  This with an M.Sc. in Immunology 
and about 7 years in medical research.  I don't DO science, but I get to think 
about it alot!

In any case, you should think carefully about what attracts you to the 
biology/medicine field.  Is it the laboratory science?  Working with people?  
Alleviating pain?  Any career choice will depend more on these things than 
the specific discipline which you pursue.

And I must say, Cindy, that you will be excellently prepared for whatever you 
choose to do because you went to OBERLIN!!!!
Then again, I may be ~slightly~ biased.

Cheers and good luck,
Heather Deal, Oberlin, 1982, Biology

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