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Career Counselling: Making the Dream Happen (Part 3)

Career Counselling - Make The Dream Happen - Part 3

In Blu Ripple’s previous Blog, Making the Dream Happen (Part 2), one encouraged you to define your rough idea into a SMART Goal both in terms of the big picture and the first small step capacity.

Assuming you have undertaken the first step, it is the appropriate time to determine your path.   Using the example outlined in Part 2, Oncologist, one perceives that you believe there is only one way to achieve this outcome.  Well, I am here to tell you there is always more than one way. It depends on how hard we look and investigate our options.

Did one get your attention?  Yes, there is always another way to achieve your dreams!

The first step in becoming an Oncologist is to attain your Bachelor of Medicine and then specialise – correct? 

Well, not necessarily!

What if you don’t get into the Bachelor of Medicine – then what? 

What other options are open to you?

Other options may include applying to your preferred university as a Registered Nurse (RN) or at TAFE as an Enrolled Nurse (EN); or how about applying for a Paramedic’s position with the Ambulance Service?

Once you have obtained your alternate qualification and a certain amount of experience, you can apply to your preferred university for a placement in the Bachelor of Medicine. You will likely receive credits (Recognised Prior Learning Credits).  Alternatively, you could get into University as an RN or Paramedic. Then, after a year and if you maintain a high-grade average, you can change your course to the Bachelor of Medicine if you have undertaken a certain amount of similar units (RPLs also apply in this situation).  But speak to your university first about this to know what is involved.

One’s advice to you is that only your perception stops you from achieving your dreams – don’t give up on your plan. Find an alternative path to make it happen and if you are struggling contact us and schedule a Career Counselling or Career Planning and Report Session.

Katherine Foster - Blu Ripples Founder; Professional Member CDAA, Member of ACA and Published Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (2010 Version)

Katherine is the Founder of Blu Ripples, a Counselling practice in Sydney, NSW.

Initially commencing in 2003 as HR Aspects (Career Consulting Practice), Katherine rebranded her business to Blu Ripples in 2009 to incorporate Personal, Career and Workplace Counselling Services into her practice.

Katherine is a nationally registered Counsellor and a current Member of the Australian Counselling Association. 

Before commencing her private practice in 2003, Katherine predominantly worked in Human Resources and Administration.

© 2011 - Katherine Foster T/as Blu Ripples 
Updated 19 Oct 2023; Original Post 7 Feb 2011
Katherine's Photograph: 2023

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