“Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.”
~ Groucho Marx
Hopefully I will be a better judge of anatomy! 😉
Back in July I reported that I was going back to school. Now I have some details for you…
As you can likely tell from this picture of my textbooks, this semester I am taking Anatomy and Physiology 1 and its lab. It is a lot of work, and a lot of memorization (I ended the first week of class with over 200 flashcards!), but really very interesting! Also, my teacher reminds me so much of my dad that I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if I found out that he was some sort of long-lost uncle. 😉
This class is actually the last prerequisite class that I have to take before I can apply for admission to the Radiation Therapy and/or Radiography programs at the local community college. They are limited access programs, and the competition will be tough, so I am really hoping to do well this semester!
I am also considering taking physics and maybe even chemistry next semester. Taking those classes would allow me to apply for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology and Nuclear Medicine Technology programs, which I am also interested in.
Are you wondering what peaked my interest in these health care, technical training programs? It actually all started with researching my personality type and reading a book called “Do What You Are” by Paul D. Tieger. I actually don’t have much to say on the content of the book, but it was very interesting to me. The chapter on the ISTP personality type helped to confirm that I am, in fact, an ISTP. At the end of the chapter it listed many popular occupations for ISTPs, grouped by career type. Mr. Tieger suggests that, in the field of health care, jobs such as EEG Technologist, Radiological Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and Surgical Technician would be particularly satisfying to ISTPs because of their highly technical nature.
“ISTPs will often find satisfaction in technical careers because they are interested in how and why things work. They tend to be good in mechanical areas because they possess great observational powers and a capacity to remember and use important facts and details. They usually enjoy working with their hands and like work that provides them with a constant source of sensory information. Their logical analysis is best used when based upon solid facts that they themselves gather through their five senses.”
To make a long story short, I did some soul-searching, and concluded that I would like a career that not only suits my personality type, but also gives me the chance to do something meaningful; something that I can be proud of. I had never really considered a career in health care before because I am not exactly a “people person,” but after doing the research, I am pretty convinced that something like Radiation Therapy would actually suit me quite well!
As a Radiation Therapist, Radiology Tech, Nuclear Medicine Tech, or even Sonography Tech, I would be helping people and making a difference, but my focus would be on the medical equipment more so than the patient, and that seems like a winning combination to me!
Now I just have to apply my self to getting the education that will get me where I want to be.
Wish me luck! 🙂