5 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Go into Medicine

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Guest Blogger, Lizzie Weakley

Speaking with your children about their future career plans is wise, especially when they have expressed a level of uncertainty or curiosity. While you want your children to pursue their own path, you can at least consider talking to them about the benefits of a career in medicine.

Multiple Options
When your kids hear the phrase “career in medicine,” they may immediately picture their pediatrician and decide that’s not the job for them. Explain to them, however, that the options are manifold. For example, they could pursue an online bachelors of science in nursing, or they could take courses to become a physical therapist. Others will want to perform surgery, and still others may choose to study dentistry.

Monetary Benefits
While financial gain should not reign supreme in career decisions, it does have a role. Even if your children need to take out loans for medical school, for example, they will likely have the opportunity to pay them back shortly after procuring a job. The medical field is one that tends to pay well, especially for those who have the highest degrees in their field.

Security and Stability
Another benefit is the fact that the medical field is unlikely to vanish. As long as human beings exist, they will always need people with a profound understanding of the human body to care for them. Also, as new treatments and fields are developed, the medical domain will require more specialists in these areas. If your children perform well in their jobs, they may find that they have lifelong positions early on in their careers.

Schools for the Discipline
Students who are interested in medicine can also attend schools that are known specifically for their programs in those fields. For example, many institutions have laudable nursing programs, and students who attend these schools can procure excellent practical experience as well as textbook knowledge. Students can decide to attend medical school, dental school or veterinarian school to pursue their specific field of interest as well.

Learning Opportunity

Also, encourage your children to consider how this field of study can help them to better themselves. Instead of focusing only on the job, they can focus on themselves. When they enter into the medical field, they will gain powerful knowledge about their own bodies. Furthermore, they get the chance to explore new disciplines that they might not even have ever heard of before.

Encouraging your children to attend medical school offers an array of possibilities, and it can help them to develop a greater sense of identity.

Potential Career Change into the Field of Child Life

Last week to celebrate Child Life Month

Potential Career Change into the field of Child Life

Guest Blog post from Valerie Buckle


The reason I want to be a CLS is that I enjoy helping children feel accomplished! I am really good at facilitating play, and helping children do what they need to do. I understand their sense of urgency and just want to be supportive as they go through their daily lives. I don’t consider death “the end.” I consider “living life to its fullest” is all that matters

I am considering taking an early retirement from my military position as a Child Development Training Specialist. I have a BS in Child Development and many years of developmentally appropriate experience both personally and professionally. Some of my work has been volunteering with children in hospitals, but most of it is with healthy children of all ages.

Ever since college I have been drawn towards working with children in hospitals. (I did research about the work of Elizabeth Kubler Ross). Now my own children are grown and I feel like I am emotionally ready to take a job that might leave me feeling less than happy when I am done with my shift. I feel the need to do this work even though it is going to be emotionally difficult. This time I really am going to work with children and families in hospital settings.

Retiring from my government job and starting over may be financially irresponsible! I am not expecting to be able to earn as much working as a CLS as I do as a Government Trainer. I will be giving up a great deal even though I may not be able to get a full-time paid position as a CLS due to very few positions being available.

What I have decided to do is read everything I can about the CLS work and to volunteer. For the past 8 years I have volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. That has taught me more about a parent’s perspective going through life threatening illness with their children.

I recently have committed to 6 months of volunteering at the playroom in the children’s hospital. Hopefully this will answer many of the questions I have about my decision to retire early and become a CLS.

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