Is dentistry the right career choice for you?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you enjoy interacting with and helping people?
- Are you good with your hands and have a good eye?
- Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives and improve the human condition?
- Do you have good social, communication and problem-solving skills?
- Are interested in helping people maintain and improve their oral health and general health?
- Would you like a career that offers challenges and variety as well as flexibility to balance a professional and personal life?
- Would you enjoy being self-employed?
- Do you enjoy interacting with different types of people including vulnerable populations (underprivileged people, elderly, children, indigenous people, newcomers, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, etc.)?
- Do you have a keen memory and a strong interest and ability in science?
How can you prepare for a career in dentistry?
- Get a broad exposure to science and math while in high school -- enroll in college
- Develop interpersonal skills such as active listening, communicating, empathy, compassion
- Take preparatory classes in biology, algebra, chemistry and social sciences
- Continue taking natural science courses in college such as general biology, organic and inorganic chemistry and physics
- Get involved in community services, develop a social program, etc.
For more information, read Pursuig a Career in Dentistry [.doc].