First of all, I think the prompt for this week is very interesting. I don’t have a job lined up for when I graduated (I am graduating in December). However, my future plan is absolutely clear. Unlike most of
students in the class, being involved in a career associated with economics is
not in my goal. Therefore, in the following parts, I will first talk about the
kind of job/ career I plan to pursue after graduation and its location.
Secondly, I will talk about some of my efforts and decisions during college that
contribute to my future job and income risk.
I am a dual degree student majoring in Kinesiology and Economics. I started following the pre-
med path when I was a sophomore.
Becoming a physician in sports medicine field is my dream ever since I was a
teenager. Therefore, due to the specialty of my choice, I can only continue to
stay in school (medical school) for another 4 years and pass the board exam before
I actually jump in the “real world”. Compared to my other friends who get a job
right after graduation, I will have a huge opportunity cost when I get out of
medical school. For example, my roommate Kevin, who is majoring in CS, gets an
offer from Bloomberg in New York with 140k/year. He will earn at least 560k
when I graduate from medical school. However, I believe the opportunity cost
can be recovered in the long term since physicians will typically have an
average of 32k/year. The only thing matter here is that if I have the patience
to keep walking on the road till become a licensed physician or not. As for locations
of the job, usually I will stick with sports teams or stay in big hospitals in
major cities. But the location doesn’t really have a huge impact on the salary.
Since I am graduating this December, I have already applied for different medical schools since August. So far, I completed interviews from UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, NYU, and Northwestern. The final results will come out at around the end of the year. Looking back at my preparation, I think I tried a lot of things during college to make me become a better medical school candidate. I became a personal trainer at the ARC when I was in sophomore year. With this opportunity, I have built up my experience in communication with clients and responding to their reactions and needs immediately. Moreover, I
have participated in 3 different research labs as undergraduate research
assistants for over 3 years. In the labs, I help Professors and PHD students to
complete their project. The topics of these projects vary from immunology to
cancer cell mutation. Sometimes I have to go to Carle hospital and Davita Clinic
to collect data from dialysis patients. These lab practices give me strong
research background and offer me chances to choose whichever specific fields I
want to get in to in the future. Last but not least, I spend over 180 hours in
different hospitals and facilities shadowing doctors. All of the above reduce my
future income risk as it increases my chances to get into a better medical
school. As for now, my debt only limit to my car loans and house rent. I am
lucky enough that my parents are capable to pay for my medical school tuition. Therefore,
I firmly believe that the choices that I made will ensure that I will have a
content life if I don’t quit in the middle.