My Suggested Career Paths Interest, Skills & Work Values
What is a career? To me, a career is a job that you enjoy doing for a long period of time. Finding a career path for me was not hard. Growing up I always wanted to be in the health field or be in the teaching field. I learned more to the health field as I got older. The health field is a going industry. Also, I wanted to make an impact on people’s physical health because when you feel good you do better in life. At first, I thought I wanted to be a doctor, but I cannot stand the sight of other people’ s blood. Next, I thought I wanted to be a physical therapist but that did not suit me well. After taking AP chemistry my sophomore, I fell in love with chemistry.
After I knew I that wanted a career that involved, I was guided in the direction of pharmacy. The pharmacist salary range national is about 89,320 to 150,550 dollars (2018). The national outlook of this career is about 3.1% increase (2018). I have shadowed a pharmacist in a hospital setting. In this essay, I will be comparing my career path to three career guide assessments over my suggested career paths interest, skills confidence, and work values. In the first assessment of my career paths interest, my top career pathways were professional support services, legal service, administration, and administrative support, human resource and management and health informatics.
Professional support services are occupations that provide services in school settings (2018). This career path deals with students. This can relate to my career path because I can teach pharmacy as a professor if I wanted to. The next career path interest was legal services. Legal services are basically lawyers or judges. This relates to my career path if I wanted to be a pharmacy lawyer. The career interest of administration and administrative support can give another of pharmacy. For example, I can manage a pharmacy at CVS or be director of pharmacy over a hospital. The next career path interest was human resources management.
This kind of relates to administration and administrative support but in this career path, I would be the boss. Human resource management is when people chose who gets hired or fired and manages pay and benefits. Certain types of pharmacist can have their own business and get chose who gets to work I their labs. The last career interest was health informatics. This career path deals with keeping up with the digital health record. Most pharmacist work on computers to determine which drugs to fill and keep up with patients’ medical files (Sherman 2017).
In the next assessment, some of the same careers are mentioned. In the skills confidence assessment professional support services, information support and services, marketing research, legal services, and teaching training were my top results (2018). As in the previous paragraph professional support services deals with students in any school setting. This career path result can connect with teaching and training students. These career pathways can be my alternative plan if I did not want to practice pharmacy but to teach it. The information and support service pathway involve working with computers.
As previously stated most pharmacist work on computers and need to know how to use it for their daily duties. They probably suggested this career path because of my skills with computers are good. The last career path was legal services which is the same career path suggested the paragraph above. I really do not see myself in the legal setting of pharmacy because I not really a great debater. In the next assessment, some of my values reflect the suggested career pathways.
In addition to the career paths assessments, there was a work value assessment. The work values that were ranked the highest were prestige and workplace (2018). Prestige in the workplace is basically working somewhere that has a high standard. Examples of this are being a pharmacy lawyer at a prestigious law firm, teaching pharmacy at an ivy league university, or working as a pharmacist for the Control for Disease (CDC). These examples are great goals to aspire to in my career. Another value that is important to me is the workplace environment. To me, a good workplace environment is clean, modern style, and secure. This is very important to me for when I go looking for jobs.
In conclusion, comparing my career path to three career guide assessments over my suggested career paths interest, skills confidence, and work values helped me learn more about myself and values in the workplace even though these career paths were good alternatives to my career path as a pharmacist. In the some of the suggest career paths that I related to pharmacy can add years on my time at school. Which is a set back because I must go six years at a college to be a pharmacist. I would have to major in law to be a pharmacy lawyer. I must minor in business to manage and direct a pharmacy sector and to own a pharmacy. In the end, my career path is still to practice pharmacy.
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- Sherman, Fraser. “Uses of Computers in a Pharmacy.” Career Trend, Career Trend, 25 July 2017, careertrend.com/info-7915007-uses-computers-pharmacy.html.
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