Hi I am a junior double majoring in Bio and French and need some ENTP guidance.

Ive been going on the premed track because Im very good with science and math and the job is dependable but, only recently have I finally accepted that I dont WANT to be a doctor. 

Being an ENTP, I am at the crossroad of "sucks to suck, your're this far into the undergraduate education process, it doesn't make sense to turn back now" and "the only logical thing I can do is to turn back and figure out what I actually would like to do to avoid wasting any more time."

Any guidance, especially from fellow ENTPs who are perhaps farther in the career process, would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you.




Tobiah (not verified) says...

If you find something you really like to do, you will become very good at it.
It will lead you to places that youll love and wouldn't have been able to imagine as a young man. 
You will be able to do what you love for the rest of your life! The rest of your life would equal a lot longer time to waste compared to the years you've spent in school. Your future could also be spiced by adventure and love, instead of guts and bad job conditions working under people who just might be dumber than you are. 

I cringe just thinking about that. 

If you like science and math you have a great world out there to experience but also dont forget to experience the world within you. That'll make the external world youre living in now seem ridiculous. 


Keith L (not verified) says...

You are good at science and math, so find a Bio related career/major that interests you. Like working outdoors? Field research. Like working indoors? Lab/statistical research on already collected data. Like alcohol? Do some projects on yeast during your school time and make a career out of professional brewing. If you are concerned about "wasting any more time", consider switching the French major to a minor, which would probably free up a few semesters worth of classes so that you can make up for lost time and work towards your new single Biology major. Unless you are planning on moving to France, or an employer specifically lists "fluent in French" as a job requirement, they really aren't going to care whether you had a major or minor in French.

Being an ENTP myself, I majored in computer science with a focus in networks. When I had extreme difficulty taking Calculus II (required as a network major), my career goals changed and I switched my major to computer science with a focus in databases. With the "wasted time" spent taking networking classes, I had to go to college for a 5th year, so I also declared a business minor at the end of my 4th year to make my extra year there more productive. Now I work for a hospital system as a data analyst/report writer, and I'm very glad that I switched my major.

Matthew K (not verified) says...

All the supportive people in your life will tell you to do whatever interests you the most, do what you love, or follow your dreams. But.....they probably aren't ENTPs. Here's my blunt opinion based on my life experience. 

As an ENTP you aren't always going to be able to do what makes you happy. Because what makes you happy today is probably going to be different then what makes you happy next month or next year, and it almost certainly isn't going to be the same thing that makes you happy when you're in your 30's.

When you're interested in something you will obsessively learn everything you can about it, sometimes even getting to advanced levels of understanding, only to eventually become bored with it and move on to the next subject that catches your excitement. If you were to “follow your dreams” you would end up changing careers every couple of years. Eventually this would lead to a scattered resume that would make it increasingly difficult to find meaningful employment. Employers don't like hiring people any more often then they have to. They'll simply move on to the next applicant that looks like they'll stick around for more then a couple of years.

You likely have the intelligence to follow almost any career path that you choose, but that can be a double edged sword because sometimes limitations make it easier to make important decisions. Being a high intelligence ENTP is EXTREMELY challenging in this respect. For now, you need to try to forget what you know about happiness, because few things would make a young high-aptitude ENTP more happy than learning about as many subjects as you can. Your brain is hard-wired to become a Generalist with a vast pool of knowledge. The wider and deeper that pool becomes, the happier your brain will be with itself. Unfortunately, even though this expansive knowledge will make YOU feel as if you have more worth, we live in a society that places a low value on Generalists and a high value on Specialists.

Over time it will become clear to you that your quest for learning is mostly comprised of you picking as much low-hanging fruit as you possibly can. Taking the time to climb each tree to pick the fruit takes a level of self discipline and tenacity that may never come easily for you, and with your intelligence you're probably used to EVERYTHING coming to you fairly easily. You have a distinct advantage over your peers when it comes to initially learning a subject or solving a problem, but almost any one of them has the upper hand on you when it comes to staying the course and seeing things through to the end.

You've probably already seen this happen to you several times throughout your life without giving it much thought. You're initially the best in your class (or group) at something, and no one else is even close. Then, over time, someone else edges past you.....then another...and another. Eventually you're just middle of the pack, and the others have advanced so far ahead of you that there's very little chance you'll ever reclaim that top spot again.

What happened? You might have never even thought twice about it because it wasn't important to you at the time. Because by the time they caught up to you, you were already working on something unrelated and weren't even part of that race in your mind. It's the tortoise and the hare all over again, and you're the hare.

I assume you know where I'm going with all of this. My opinion is that you need to stay on path to becoming a doctor. You say that math and science came easily to you so you thought you'd be a doctor. In my experience things come most easily to me if my brain sees them as necessary to achieve a goal. It could very well be that science and math came easily to you because something appealed to your brain about becoming a doctor.

Don't second guess yourself just because there's a lot of exciting prospective careers out there. The fact of the matter is that when you settle into a 9-to-5 you're going to realize that the best possible career for you is one that mentally challenges you on a regular basis. If your brain isn't being challenged at work it will find something else to challenge it. You can't turn that switch off, and trying to redirect that energy into completing tasks that don't provide challenge doesn't work. I'm not saying that you won't be able to do it or even that you won't be good at it, I'm saying that working at a job where you aren't mentally challenged is going to feel like a lot of work.

You also need a job where your efforts are noticed and appreciated. Waiting for a quarterly meeting or a yearly review for an “Atta boy” isn't going to fulfill you. Pretty soon you'll be emailing your boss things like “Hey, how does this look?” or “I changed this, what do you think?” just so you can get a little bit of feedback. Working with the public would be great because some will respect your opinion and value your input.

Being a doctor (more secifically, working as a general practitioner) actually seems like an amazing job for an ENTP. There is problem solving involved with every patient that walks through the door. A generalist mindset would also be extremely valuable at that level of patient care. Although there is a routine associated with appointments, each case will be slightly different and will seem like a new challenge. Add in that you get to work with the public and the name recognition of “MD” and I don't think you'll find many careers that you would enjoy more. Bonus points if you get to debate with other doctors at times. 

Don't go for the low hanging fruit. You'll feel unfulfilled in a career that isn't challenging you, and with high intelligence you'll need a constantly evolving career to make it more difficult to master. Don't settle for less, because when the challenge and feeling of accomplishment associated with your career are gone you're left simply doing work. You have a really great opportunity if you stay on this path. Stop second guessing your decision and put in the extra effort it's going to take. It'll be worth it.

Senah (not verified) says...

I absolutely think you should not become a doctor right now.

It is a lot of school and money, and if your heart is not in it, don't do it. I am an ENTP nurse practitioner. I have 5 degrees:) I took 2 years off, went to college and got 2 degrees in something I thought was really cool, then did a post-bacc pre-med, realized I really didn't want to be a doctor, and went into nursing and public health in developing countries. This was after I worked in developing countries with wildlife, got grants to do medical and health related reserach, and also just traveled and had fun (alternated with earning money).

Now I am in the teaching and practicing field. You have all the time in the world to figure out what you want to do, and then change your mind. Finish the degrees you are in, because you can use them (you could do biological research in a French-speaking parts of South America or Africa, or work with imigrant populations in New York, or just spend a year working at a surf town in California). You have so much time to figure out what you want to do. If you change your mind, you have options. You could also do NP or PA track and go into a lot less debt and do medicine later, or just go to med school (I have a lot of friends who did that in their early 30s). 

Don't be in a rush - there is a lot of cool stuff to do out there - figuring out what you want to do is the hard part. Figuring out what you don't want to do is easy. Once you can do that, at least you know a piece of the puzzle. Remember, med school is $$$ and at least 7 years more than the school you already have. Not saying it isn't worth it to some, but you need a lot of motivation to get you through. 

Karen Jenkins (not verified) says...

I hope this isn't too late but I was in almost that exact situation, but I was majoring in Biology and on the pre-med track, and started to waver in my third year too. So now, after graduating with a degree I don't want, I wished that I actually chose a different major, and now I feel like I have keep on the medicine path. BUT DON'T DO IT. Especially since you have time left, I think that you should major in French and just minor in Bio, and then spend your last years taking classes based on what you're actually interested. Even if it's just based on a hunch. Just take a bunch of intro classes and see what sticks. Also, I would suggest volunteering and/or shadowing while you're doing this, so you can really make sure you don't do medicine and if you decide otherwise, you can put that on your resume. Good luck. 

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