Aug 18, 2021
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A year ago, I participated in a LinkedIn 30-Day Challenge. One of the posts that I wrote was:
"What are your dreams for the next five years?"
These were my answers:
I'll ace the required subjects and be accepted into the Radiologic Technology program at Salt Lake Community College.
Later, I'll graduate with honors and get licensed to start working as a radiographer at a clinic or hospital.
In the meantime, thanks to *Translating Medical Images, I'll continue learning and working as a medical translator.
I'll move into a bigger apartment or house so that I can have more rescued birds. Alternatively, I've been considering a tiny house on wheels for a while.
I'll have a car to visit places nearby. There's so much nature that I have to experience in Utah and its neighboring states!
I also stated that those dreams were subject to change, so here's an update a year later:
Although I aced Statistics — one of the required subjects for the Radiologic Technology program — things took a different turn.
I realized that, while diagnostic imaging is my favorite medical specialty, I wanted to focus on medical communication instead.
Therefore, I decided to rebrand Translating Medical Images as The Medical Communicator because I want to continue working as a medical translator and developing as a medical writer.
I moved from a studio into a one-bedroom apartment, but adopting more birds and purchasing a tiny house are no longer priorities at this time.
Due to the pandemic, I haven't been able to get a car yet, but I'm confident it'll happen soon.
Like I said a year ago, I'm a firm believer that rejection is actually redirection to something better.
At present, my goal as a medical communicator is to acquire as much medical knowledge as possible. That's why I invest in continuing education.
Choosing certificate programs like the ones below has been a much more fulfilling experience:
Certificate Program for Spanish interpreters (Medical Interpreting Training School) — 50% completed (I can finish it this month if I have the time)
Essential Skills Certificate Program (American Medical Writers Association) — 100% completed
Master's Program in Medical Translation (AulaSIC) — 78% completed (I'll finish it in November)
Instead of studying to become a radiologic technologist, I found a better choice to expand my imaging knowledge. Earlier this year, I completed a 3-month program offered by The University of Queensland (Australia).
What about you? Have any of your dreams become a reality? Have your plans changed?