Why I made the switch from Medicine to Tech

  1. Broadness — The thing with medicine is, once you are certified and employed at a certain position, it seems as if you’re stuck there. There are subspecialties, management opportunities, and even options such as a PA where you can decide to transfer from one speciality to another however, this is nothing compared to tech. For example, you can transfer from frontend engineer to ML engineer or from a developer at a bank to a PM at an e-commerce company relatively easily compared to other careers. This was a huge selling point for me as you have the opportunity to explore and later buckle down on what you’re interested in.
  2. Impact — one of the reasons why I was interested in medicine was the impact you could have on people. After all, you could save someone’s life. I guess I never considered the impact people in the tech industry can make. Again, there are many possibilities. You could be working at a huge tech company that brings tremendous value to people’s lives, you could build a website for a local business owner that ends up bringing them new customers, you could help develop software that reduces safety risks etc. While it may not always be “life saving” it certainly can be “life improving”
  3. Location — As long as you have good wifi and are close to the same time zone as the rest of your team, it seems as if you could do your job from anywhere whether it’s at an office, at the park etc. While I’m not sure how practical this is for every role, there seems to be a growing acceptance for remote work in technology. Working in the same exact space every day could become monotonous, being able to work at a place where you know you could produce the best work is a huge plus.
  4. Lifelong learning — This was something very important to me as I wouldn’t want to work in a stagnant field. You will be a lifelong learner in the health and science fields as new information is always coming out, however, a misconception I had was that tech was NOT like this. I’m not sure why I thought this, but I was dead wrong. Technology is rapidly growing and things are always changing whether it be new languages or frameworks, there is ALWAYS something to learn.

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