Career Planning Advice

Write a Personal Letter

Many 4th-year students have mentioned that the exercise of writing out a personal letter helped them clarify what they really wanted. The simple act of explaining "on paper" to a 3rd party why you feel you are a good fit for a specialty, and why you feel you want to do it, can help you understand your own preferences and may lead to your making a choice you are happiest with. It's not a magic bullet solution, but it can certainly help.

If you want to try this strategy without spending hours and hours on it, try just concentrating on writing out the sections of the personal letter where you describe:

  1. the aspects of the specialty you enjoy;
  2. the skills/qualities you feel you have that are suited to the specialty;
  3. any future goals or plans you may have within that specialty.


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