I graduated college last year with a degree in the science field. I have long had a passing interest in the healthcare field, and have had familial pressure to "become a doctor" even longer. It goes without saying that I decided to take an entry-level job related to healthcare. However, the more I see of healthcare, the less I like what I see, and the more I am reconsidering my future plans. The sources of the familial pressure, in turn, are getting more aggressive.
Last year, I posted this question with my concerns.
Since I graduated, I decided to get a taste of the field for myself, so I have been in an entry-level job at a medical practice (technically, a few entry-level tasks strung together, but oh, well). I have also retaken a few science classes at an excellent, affordable continuing education program near me...and I have done quite well (knock on wood, I'm about to finish two up).
I did take the MCAT - nothing spectacular, but passable, I suppose, if I really wanted to go.
However, I'm getting to the realization that I'm not passionate about this field. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate
it, but it's not exactly what I expected it to be. I won't elaborate on every single reason here, but feel free to send me a private message if you have a specific question.
discovered that I do
enjoy the reading/analysis/problem-solving/writing aspects of medicine. It's why I wrote in the previous question that I might enjoy engineering if my math skills weren't just mediocre.
Now another longer
-term goal has started to cross my mind - law school. I know some say, "oh no, law school is a waste and a scam!", but I genuinely find myself attracted to analysis on court cases in the newspapers. I am almost ashamed to say how much I liked Philosophy class in college (which, back then, seemed like a mundane core-curriculum requirement to me).
Once again, I am treating this as a long-term goal and merely a possibility at that for now.
However, certain family members have gotten disgruntled that I'm not at a medical school "yet". Yes, many relatives are physicians, and yes, there is lots of pressure to continue the "legacy"! Some seem like they would throw me in a burlap bag and ship me off to the sketchiest Caribbean school if they had the chance. I try to explain to them, "well, maybe I'll think about it," and they throw Caribbean medical school brochures at me and insinuate how much every other job sucks! (Never mind that they are constantly complaining about "Obamacare" and how they want to retire early.)
Yes, I could
probably get into a Caribbean medical school - the problem is that I would have to want to be a doctor in the first place
, a desire which fades by the day.
Any suggestions on how to communicate effectively with these relatives and get them to stop hounding me? Thanks!