To Heal or not to heal: My Path to Medicine – Andrey Sebastian Gonzalez

When I was growing up, Law, Medicine, Engineering were synonyms of one word: Success. Throughout my childhood, I’ve been surrounded by dedicated and hardworking people who have made their careers a living dream.

My dad has always been fond of electronic equipment and became an electronic engineer. My mom, who grew up in a male-dominated society, decided to enter the field of mechanical engineering but my late grandfather, who was a successful businessman, convinced her to become an industrial engineer, still successfully reputable.

In actuality, my parents’ family is a mix of doctors, engineers, and lawyers; people who have set the bar very high. As such, I told myself that being anything else would result in an unhappy future, one that can be avoided if I push myself, and study hard. All of my high school years have been filled with academic prowess. I moulded myself into the perfect student: high grades, a perfectionist nature, and complete devotion to school which became a second home at that point.

However, it came to a great personal inconvenience. I had a dearth of the social skills that my classmates made up for their lack of effort. I missed the self-reflective period that most teens encounter, and never understood what I was aiming for. “Just be better” I repeated to myself. But my scholarly luck ran out once I entered college.

Regular, average, typical. That is what I became after high school. I wasn’t any different from any other student that joined the Science Program. Everyone was the best student at their high school. Everyone thought that they were smarter and unique because of their strong dedication to getting an A.

The only difference for me is that most already had their career goal set: finish college, enter an elite university, all while volunteering, playing a sport, joining clubs, and tutoring (if they still had time). Meanwhile, I was left out of the future doctors or engineers or the other high-achieving career club that my classmates (or my competition) created.

I lost the drive I had in high school, the one that awarded me with Student of the Year for my graduating class and a reputation for being the smartest kid. Most importantly, I lost my identity. Since those early years, I had one defining feature: my intelligent. That’s what most described me. I always believed that my future was still secure because of how smart I felt.

Some days, being intellectually smarter than my classmates gave me a sense of superiority. I never realized how arrogant and condescending I acted around them. I got the best grades and recognition from teachers. The closer I got to a perfect GPA, the higher my self-esteem.

Once in college, I had to redefine how I saw myself. The first year of college served to explore myself, an overdue process. I learned that I had various passions apart from school: sci-fi books and movies, astronomy, jogging, volunteering, and learning languages. Slowly but surely, I was gaining insight into what I love. Now, I tell myself: “Just be happy.” I now see the world as people who try to achieve happiness instead of my competition who will steal my successful future.

While learning American Sign Language, or more commonly called ASL, I learned about the Deaf community, one that is undervalued. For one, their access to information is unequal to people who can hear. Also, they are equal and not “less” than others, a term I thought I understood until I finally accepted that they are capable of doing everything except hear. For that reason, I am proud to be an advocate for Deaf rights.

I have gone on a humanitarian trip to Ghana where I spent three weeks with Deaf kids of all ages, helping them come to term with their Deaf identity, meanwhile learning about mine. That trip taught me that I enjoy being part of their community and being surrounded by children. I felt comfortable around them.

After that trip, the thought of becoming a doctor came back. I pushed it in the back of my mind until I asked myself what kind of person I wanted to be. “A healer,” I told myself.

A few months later, I announced, once again, to my parents that I needed to become a physician. It seemed that it was the best way to heal someone.

They decided to test me by bringing me to a hospital where my mom’s cousin was a neonatal doctor. She showed me the neonatal ward which was something that my parents called a fantastic opportunity. Instantly, I felt in the right place. My curious nature overtook me and I asked how this and that worked, how was that baby’s condition, and how were they helped.

Santiago and Noella were the names of the first neonatal babies I encountered. Usually, names don’t stick in my brain, but them, I will never forget.

From that day, I told myself that I would work harder than ever to accomplish my dream: to heal all the Santiagos and Noellas that I could.

Now, I dedicate myself to become smart again, but not for my identity. This time, it was to prove that I can be successful in making my dream come true: healing children.

Top 10 Countries with the Highest Salary for Workers

Which countries have the highest salaries in the world? You may be asking this question if you’re planning to work abroad to have a better life for yourself and your family. Keep in mind that countries have their own cultures, languages, industries, policies, and working conditions. Depending on your skills, work experience, and personal preference, you can choose among the list if you want to get a high salary. Average annual incomes are expressed in US dollars.

Countries with the Highest Salaries in the World

10. Iceland

Iceland only has a population of 348,580, making it the least populated country in Europe. The United Nations’ Human Development Index ranks Iceland as the 9th most developed country in the world. This country runs almost entirely on renewable energy, specifically geothermal and hydropower.

Average annual income: $46,074
Top industries: tourism, fish processing, geothermal power, hydropower, aluminum smelting, ferrosilicon production

9. Belgium

Belgium has very high standards of living, healthcare, and education. Additionally, it ranks as one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world. Dutch and French are the major languages; a minority speak German. Belgium is famous for its waffle, chocolate, beer, and french fries with mayonnaise (french fries are claimed to have originated here).

Average annual income: $47,702
Top industries: processed food and beverages, engineering and metal products, transportation equipment, motor vehicle assembly, chemicals, scientific instruments, textiles, glass, petroleum, base metals

8. Canada

Canada is highly urbanized, with 82% of the population concentrated in large and medium-sized cities. Internationally, it ranks high when it comes to quality of life, education, economic freedom, government transparency, and civil liberties. Its land border with the United States is the longest in the world, stretching 8,891 kilometers.

Average annual income: $47,843
Top industries: petroleum and natural gas, transportation equipment, chemicals, food products, fish products, wood and paper products, processed and unprocessed minerals

7. Denmark

Denmark is located in Northern Europe. The weather is characterized by mild winters and cool summers. This country has the highest minimum wage in the world, due to the fact that there is no minimum wage legislation and the strong influence of the trade unions.

Average annual income: $50,024
Top industries: steel, nonferrous metals, chemicals, machinery, food processing, transportation equipment, textiles, electronics, construction, furniture, shipbuilding, windmills, pharmaceuticals

6. Australia

Australia, a.k.a. “the Land Down Under,” is a country known for its kangaroos and koalas. The world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, lies a short distance off Australia’s northeast coast. English is the de facto national language, characterized by a distinctive accent.

Average annual income: $50,167
Top industries: tourism, financial services, mining, industrial equipment, transportation equipment, chemicals, steel, food processing

5. Netherlands

Netherlands, also known as Holland, ranked as the sixth happiest country in the world in 2017, based on the United Nations World Happiness Report. This country has good public education, infrastructure, and universal healthcare.

Average annual income: $50,670
Top industries: agro-industries, electrical machinery and equipment, metal and engineering products, chemicals, construction, petroleum, microelectronics, fishing

4. Norway

Norway has the fourth highest per capita income in the world according to the IMF and World Bank. This country also occupies the top spot on the World Happiness Report and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Average annual income: $50,908
Top industries: petroleum and gas, shipping, aquaculture, fishing, food processing, paper products, shipbuilding, chemicals, metals, timber, mining, textiles

3. Switzerland

Switzerland is famous for its watches, chocolates, and of course, the Alps. Aside from precision instruments, other exports include chemicals, machines, and electronics. This country is also home to large multinational corporations such as Nestle, Novartis, Credit Suisse, UBS AG, Glencore, Tetra Pak, and The Swatch Group.

Average annual income: $58,389
Top industries: machinery, watches, pharmaceuticals, textiles, precision instruments, chemicals, tourism, banking, insurance

2. United States

The United States accounts for approximately 25% of the global GDP. It is the third largest and third most populous country in the world. In the international scene, the US is a leading political, cultural, and scientific powerhouse. With its very diverse population, the US is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and values.

Average annual income: $58,714
Top industries: consumer goods, electronics, petroleum, steel, motor vehicles, telecommunications, food processing, aerospace, lumber, mining, chemicals

1. Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small country situated in western Europe. But don’t let its small size deceive you; this is a country with an advanced economy and has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita. Luxembourg shares land borders with three countries, namely France, Germany, and Belgium. The official languages are Luxembourgish, French, and German. Foreigners account for nearly one-half of the 576,249 population.

Average annual income: $60,369
Top industries: banking and financial services, real estate services, construction, steel, metals, glass, aluminum, information technology, telecommunications, engineering, cargo transportation, chemicals, biotechnology, tourism

Career, Family, and Well Being – Aayushi Gupta

Career, Family and your own well being are three important pillars of life, if any pillar goes in not in proper position, the rest of the pillars will be at stake and you life will be in trouble. I see it as a tripod. If you take your camera tripod and if you try it with just two legs, you will never get a still image.

While considering career, the most important thing you need to consider is the interest. How much interest do you have in that particular field? Can you enjoy your work? If yes, go ahead with it, if no, then I would recommend that leave it. Just for example: Cristiano Ronaldo plays football because he is interested in, he loves playing football. It was his sole interest that made him such a great player. It was his interest because of which he practiced so much football. It was his interest that he excelled in the game even after failures.seem to know exactly what they were born to do. For others, it can take more time and thinking. While career paths change more frequently nowadays, it’s important to choose something you’ll find fulfilling.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t put a lot of thought and consideration into what you’d like to do. If you can stick with one career for a long time, it can be very beneficial. You’re likely to get several promotions throughout your lifetime.

There are several important factors in choosing a career. 1. Are Your Interests?

Before you start any new career path, it’s always a good idea to think about the things that truly interest you when it comes to a work environment. A good place to start is by thinking about the things you do well. How could they be applied toward a career? Maybe you’ve enjoyed certain aspects of past jobs and want a career with more focus on those specific things. Perhaps you want a medical job that’s a bit different.

2. Your Attitude

Some people have different attitudes toward different work environments. If you’re self- motivated and have a positive attitude about hard work, you might be best suited for a leadership position or even a high-stress job. Don’t shy away from careers that may challenge you. If you have an attitude of excitement about working, it could be that your old jobs weren’t fulfilling because they weren’t challenging enough.

3. What Are Your Strongest Skills?

If you’ve ever had a job interview, you’ve probably had to list some of your useful skills. Whether these are talents you’ve always had or skills you’ve developed over the years, they can be crucial in deciding what you want to do next.

4. Education and Training

Most jobs require some type of education and/or training. Sometimes, it can be learned on the job. Other times, the training required only takes a few weeks. Determining the level of education you’re willing to obtain is important in choosing the right career path.

5.Defining Success

Your definition of success is crucial to the type of career you choose. Some jobs will reward you with a large paycheck. Others will give you the opportunity to help people

6. Job Availability

Sometimes, one of the easiest places to start in choosing a career path is determining which jobs are in high demand. It can be frustrating and overwhelming to start down a path with a limited number of options. You’ll likely end up in a position you weren’t expecting and may have to spend years working your way up.

Some people work their entire lives in one industry. Others seem to bounce around several times before landing on a job that really sticks for them. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee

all the research and experience in the world will make you love your job after you’ve been involved in it for a while.

However, it’s far too easy to jump into a career headfirst without the right precautionary steps. By staying in one career for a long time, you’ll learn more, develop relationships, and can be extremely successful. So, take the time to consider certain factors before taking the plunge.

Once you have a basic idea about a career that interests you, create a roadmap. It’s not cliché to combine your dreams with reality. If you have the right resources in place, it’s possible to find a fulfilling career that will last for years.