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How to find a career that compliments your purpose in life

by winnell

As you may or may not know my career began in the field of dentistry. It wasn’t until I begin working in the field that I started to love the preventative medicine aspect as well as investigating the connection between oral health and overall health. I realized that I wanted to actually focus on the entire body instead of being confined to the oral cavity. Since then, I applied to medical school and now in my final year on the road to residency, God willing in 2021. While dentistry and medicine may seem a little ways apart from each other, my purpose and calling we’re always intertwined.

I’m going to share three ways in which I was able to find my purpose, recognize my calling and be able to live my most passionate dreams and pursue the career that aligns with that very mission.

You should ask yourself the following three questions below:

As you may or may not know my career began in the field of dentistry. It wasn’t until I begin working in the field that I started to love the preventative medicine aspect as well as investigating the connection between oral health and overall health. I realized that I wanted to actually focus on the entire body instead of being confined to the oral cavity. Since then, I applied to medical school and now in my final year on the road to residency, God willing in 2021. While dentistry and medicine may seem a little ways apart from each other, my purpose and calling we’re always intertwined.

I’m going to share three ways in which I was able to find my purpose, recognize my calling and be able to live my most passionate dreams and pursue the career that aligns with that very mission.

You should ask yourself the following three questions below:

What makes you angry?

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When I think of things that made me angry or upset, it was always when doctors would treat the symptoms and not look at the whole person. I also did not like doctors being dismissive of patient’s pain and saying “sometimes somethings just happen”. Also, I was never okay with the status quo and not being able to fully dig deeper to answer a patient’s questions. I would also get angry when people died of cancer and there seemed to be no cure in site or means of prevention. Additionally, I disliked  the fact that certain patients were given medications without full understanding of its use and mechanism, only to be considered “non-compliant”. This term totally dismisses incorporating lifestyle changes, health literacy and the psychosocial factors involved. The insurgency of it all made me really interested in the concept of prevention of diseases.

What are your hobbies ?

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Many times your future career is probably not the thing that your parents told you to do or what everybody else is doing. Many times your future career is actually something that you do quite often without thinking about it. Whether it’s reading, writing and making music, your career is usually right under your nose. My hobbies include dancing, creative writing, and public speaking. Because these were many of my hobbies, I was able to incorporate that into my practice as a medical student. I started an initiative to promote physical activity amongst the African-American community in Harlem using dance and I also started this blog that allowed me to mentor aspiring medical students and share my journey. Lastly, my public speaking has made me a strong advocate for health disparities, racial injustice and mental health.  As you can see, a lot of my hobbies have influenced my career trajectory.

What are your natural skills?

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It goes without saying that some people are just blessed with certain skills more than others. Some people are born with the genius of being a mathematician and knowing how to calculate numbers and solve equations and formulas (not me lol). While others are artistically gifted. Think about the things that you are really good at. This can be simple things such as knowing history, drawing, analyzing facts, dancing, traveling, fashion etc. The list is endless. A lot of things that I’m pretty good at include science, community engagement and public speaking. So, combining all of that together really helps in being a clinician.

So, if you are very interested and if you’re unsure about where your next leap in life needs to be as far as school or career I’d love to talk more about that with you.

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