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Why did you choose a career in radiology?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Radiation Therapists interview

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Do you enjoy helping people? Are you interested in working in an environment where you are constantly learning? Think about your future career plans. Are you interested in continuing your education by learning about how to manage and operate different types of machines? Discuss how this new position fits into your career goals. Share why you're excited about working in the medical field and what you're looking forward to. Here is an example:

"I am passionate about helping people. I've always been interested in how the human body works and how technology and medicine can heal it. Learning to administer radiation treatments and operate the machines to help treat health problems was so appealing to me, because I got to learn about how things work in both the physiological and technical side."

Why did you choose a career in radiology?
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"I am passionate about helping people. I've always been interested in how the human body works and how technology and medicine can heal it. Learning to administer radiation treatments and operate the machines to help treat health problems was so appealing to me, because I got to learn about how things work in both the physiological and technical side."

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Why did you choose a career in radiology?
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When I chose this career I had no idea what the salary was. I watched a relative receive their treatment and was determined that this was what I wanted to do.
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I have an extreme desire to help and care for patients particularly cancer patients.
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My reason for choosing this career is based on a personal experience. My grandmother was the motivation in me choosing radiation therapy as a career. She lost her battle with lung cancer. I only read about the monetary benefit after I was already convinced that this is the career for me. I have always enjoyed taking care of others and after much thinking I know that the healthcare filed is where I want to be.
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I am seeking to help patients. It makes me feel good when I know I am doing something beneficial and making a difference. I would like to make their experience as positive as can be with an attitude of warmth and empathy.
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I entered radiation therapy because I genuinely care about helping patients. I knew that I wanted a career in the medical field because it involved helping to relieve suffering in individuals. I have always been a compassionate person and wanted a career that involved caring for people.
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Definitely about caring for patients. I believe by working as a radiation therapist is rewardable. You make a difference in the lives of people and it is such a noble deed being able to give someone a chance to get their life back.
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Cancer has touched most families, including my own. Having a career which is rewarding has always been important to me.
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I entered because I genuinely care. I have always been a caring and compassionate individual. I am the happiest when I can have a positive effect on another individual and make them smile.
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I genuinely care and I am passionate about patients welfare and well being.
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I genuinely care about helping patients. My grandma died of breast cancer and she was not able to be saved by the technology we benefit from today.
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I genuinely have always wanted to help people. I lost my best friend at a very young age to cancer and from that point on I have known that I wanted to help other people suffering from that terrible disease.
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I always have had a passion for helping people and had great interest in the medical field since of young age. It is rewarding to help a person through a tough time.
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I entered Radiation Therapy as I have always had a strong interest in health and helping people. This form of medicine allows me to interact with patients on a daily basic and help them through their journey within the department.
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No, I genuinely enjoy the job. I was attracted to the mix of maths, science and healthcare.I have stayed in the field since graduation 10 years ago and enjoy the unque challeneges of the department.
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Patients. I enjoy making a difference in others lives I like to feel that I have made a difference.
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I am very patient centred in my practice. I want to create an environment which they feel comfortable in and help them achieve their own goals when it comes to their treatment. I believe that each patient should be treated as an individual. I am proud to call myself a radiographer and helping people as I believe you should treat others like you wished to be treated.
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I chose this career because I want to be able to help people, not just by doing my job but by providing them with a friendly face each day of treatment and letting them know that they have support and care each day, and they are not just a number in a line waiting to be treated.
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I chose the field of radiation therapy because I found the science of cancer treatment fascinating, and the idea that I would be able to help patients and families through their journey to be extremely rewarding.
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Financial gain is of no interest to me. I have a strong interest in science and technology and my drive is to help patients undergoing cancer.
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My grandmother had cancer and I was drawn to radiation therapist because I had so much empathy for cancer patients.
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I joined Radiation therapy not for an intrinsic reward, I genuinely do care about people and want to be able to help people daily.
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I have always wanted to work in a hospital environment due to the close contact you have with patients and this was the main reason I chose this profession. Throughout my time on clinical placements this was consolidated. The technical side is interesting as well but the part I enjoy most is looking after patients and making sure their duration on treatment is the best it can be!
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I am interested in both the technological and patient care sides of radiotherapy. Obviously both of which are important in radiotherapy.
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There are other fields you can go for earning money when you enter healthcare you have the genuine care for the patients.
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I genuinely care about the patients. Although the financial aspect is very necessary in terms of practicality, I have a passion for working with those in need and enjoy being a supportive, caring and empathetic presence in their lives.
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I have genuine care for helping patients, I believer that their is no utmost gratification than helping out own kind, because this is what will help us develop and refine our characters through history, and I genuinely want to be apart of that chnage.
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I chose RT as a career because it appeals to me on both a personal and professional level. Patient care aspect of the job is very important to me- I like working with and helping people. Scientific aspect of the job, technical skills and knowledge requirement also appeals to me. Challenges and learning involved.
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I want to enter the radiation therapy field to extend life of others loved ones. Also give back to other people just like other health care providers helped my loved one. It just so happens that it is also financially beneficial.
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Originally I entered for the financial benefits, but over the past few years and especially after receiving my CNA I have realized that it is not about the money what so ever but giving the patients the best quality of care I possible can.
30.
Although healthcare positions do offer a financially stable lifestyle, if I wanted to be rich I would have chose a business profession. I entered into this career because I wanted to feel as though I was making a difference in the life of my patients. I am here to provide them with the best care I can because I want to help and believe that we can make a difference in their lives.
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I genuinely care about helping patients. I believe that we have a chance to make a difference and it is a very rewarding career when you see a patient for several weeks and form a good rapport with them and they finish their treatment and are so thankful to you for helping change their life.
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The financial benefits where a bonus. The main reason I am going for this job is for the people, there are many people with cancer who require treatment and being able to deliver the treatment and at least help one person is the reason I opted fro radiation therapy.
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I did not enter Radiation Therapy for the financial benefits. I chose radiation therapy because my sophomore year in high school my 13 year old cousin had brain cancer. It was very life threatening, and we were unsure as to whether he would live or not. He loved his Radiation Therapists, so I did some research. I always knew I wanted to work with cancer patients because cancer affected my life so much since I was 5 years old. Once I read about radiation therapy, I fell in love. I watched my cousin recover from cancer and watched his dreams come true and continue to come true. Now I have the opprotunity to watch my dream come true, so I can help those in need watch their dreams come true.
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I really want to care for patients, I genuinely want to help people.
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Working for the NHS is not about financial gain. I chose this profession instead of physiotherapy because I find it hugely rewarding and plus the constantly evolving state of radiotherapy with the introduction of new technologies and techniques makes it even more interesting profession.
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I have always wanted to go into a career which has positive impact on people so that was my main motivation however I am also interested in this career because of the chance to be at the cutting edge of scientific research, which really makes a difference.
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No. I am genuinely a caring person and I like to look af5rr people.
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I entered radiation therapy for a multitude of different reasons. I love people and wanted a career where I could support others. I also really enjoy math and physics and love the in depth education I received.
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I genuinely care for the patients and my past experiences reinforce that.
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I suppose the financial benefits are a minor incentive, the real aspect of the job or any is helping [atients and being genuine in doing so.
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I genuinely care about the patients, being able to aid in giving them the accurate picture about their illness is very much rewarding for me.
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Bit of both, I enjoy working with patients and helping them but I also like the idea of good career prospects.
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I genuinely care about helping patients.
44.
Really and truly if I wanted financial benefits there are many other professions which entail better benefits. I have embarked in this journey because I like to have rapport with people and help and support the ones who need.
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I genuinely care about helping patients.
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I genuinely are about helping patients and I feel this field allows you to help more patients who are in need of that help.
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I like to helping other poeple.
48.
What financial benefits?!
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I have always enjoyed helping people. The majority of the jobs that I have had have been based around helping people. I love that I am able to get to know the patients and spend time with them every day. Each patient has a different situation and it is very fulfilling to be able to help them in any way that I can.
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I do care about the patients.

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