Monday, March 31, 2008

Decisions

It is spring of my junior year, and that means it is time to start thinking about post-Calvin plans.  I know that in order to get a job in my chosen field I will need to go to grad school, but just what is my chosen field going to be?  When I graduate I will have an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, so I could go on to further study either of those.  Speech Pathology would require a 2-year Masters Program, whereas Audiology would require a 4-year Doctoral Program.  There are fewer options for Audiology school, and it would take longer to attain the appropriate degree, but I am fascinated by the ear.  My linguistics class has really piqued my interest this semester, too, though, so maybe I’d rather pursue that, but what sort of jobs are there for someone with a masters in linguistics? 

In light of these persistent questions, I have been doing some job shadowing lately, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.  I observed some school and preschool speech pathologists when I was home over Christmas break, and while I find their work to be valuable and challenging, I don’t think it is what will best suit me.  Things in the school setting are just a little too hectic and the pace is too harried for my peace of mind.  I have nothing but respect for the professionals who can thrive in such an environment. 
I very much enjoyed observing an Audiologist over spring break.  Her office setting was soothing (purposefully, for the patients’ comfort) and well-organized.  She worked with the various evaluation tools I have been learning about in my Evaluative Procedures in Audiology class this spring, which meant that I understood everything she was doing and got to see real-life application of the procedures.  I liked that Audiology is done with the intent of helping someone who is struggling to understand because of a hearing loss, but I missed the language aspect of the Speech Pathology work. 
Now I just need to observe a Speech Pathologist in the hospitals.  I know that the work they do is vastly different from the work a school Speech Pathologist does, and I think it might be a good fit as it combines the linguistic and the medical.  Hopefully I’ll be able to do that early this summer and then start looking at grad schools in the area of study that I choose.  I’ll keep you posted!

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 03/31 at 11:52 AM
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