Please respond to both POST1: and POST2: with at least 150 words and 1 APA cited reference each.




Module 4 – Discussion

I did my interview with Daniel Alvarez who is a Philosophy professor
at Aims Community College. I narrowed by topic to, “To be successful in
any college career field, a college degree is necessary, or can a
successful career be obtained without a college degree?”I wanted to ask
questions that related to my topic that I would not easily find answers
to. I asked the professor 10 questions as follows:

  1. What do you think or some careers that doesn’t require a college degree?
  2. How can one take what they learned in college and apply it to their careers?
  3. What are some of the reasons that you can think of as, reasons why students drop out of college?
  4. Are there any career options for college dropouts? If so, what are they?
  5. What is the likelihood of finding a career in one’s area of study?

6: What is some advice given to first year college students in choosing the best career option?

  1. How can college graduates apply learned materials in college to their careers?
  2. What are some options available for students with financial difficulties?
  3. What advice would you provide to college graduates on student loan repayment?
  4. A lot of employers require work expedience when applying for a job,
    how would you advice a college graduate to “sell themselves” during an
    interview with no work experience?

Some career’s professor Alvarez listed that doesn’t require a college
degree are trade careers such as automatics, carpentry, and food
services. However, he noted that many trades are becoming specialized
and requires various certification and in-dept training. Regarding apply
what students learn in college to their career, professor Alvarez
mention that it depends on the area of study. He illustrated that
because he teaches philosophy courses and a great deal of critical
thinking is involved, students can apply critical thinking to any
real-life situation. He mentions that students dropped out of college
for various reasons such as lack of funds necessary to complete their
education. Also, students may feel that they simply don’t belong. They
may feel lonely and out of place at the college and or university. The
biggest reason why student’s dropout of college is because they are
completely overwhelmed by the fast pace and workload of college. The
career opportunities mention for college dropouts were areas such as
trade school that prefer work experience qualifications/formal education
qualifications, like welding and roofing.

In relation to the likelihood of finding a career in one area of
study, professor Alvarez explained that it depends on the area of study,
the economy, and the demand for the job in the first place. If there is
a low demand for medical professionals (say nurses), and an
oversaturation of nurses coming out of college, then it would seem most
likely that finding a career will be hard to come by. In advising first
year college students, he stated to find a career that one loves doing
first and then figure out how to make a living at it. He mentions that
college graduates can apply their learning to their careers in many
ways, since many careers require their employees to solve problems and
complete projects efficiently, he would hope that with completing
college, students have learned both these skills. Some options given
for students with financial difficulties range from financial assistance
programs to work study programs so that students can continue their
education. To repay student loans, he advises that student work with
their student loan repayment company, so they can get the payments as
low as possible. On advising students in an interview, he advice
students to sell the potential employer on the student’s soft skills
such as communication skills and critical thinking skills. These skills
are almost always sought out by any future employer.

I learned a lot from this interview and the information will be helpful to my research paper.


Hi Class,

For my interview, it was tough to find a ENT to speak to me. Instead I
searched for someone in a group online. I was able to find a woman name
Michelle O’Neil, who has personally experienced Recurrent Croup and
Bronchoscopy, in her children and herself. She has been very helpful and
patient with my millions of questions.

She has provided great lengths of information of findings after the
bronchoscopy procedure. With Subglottic Stenosis being number 1, and
GERD being 2nd.

The first question asked was: Did your primary care physician keep
taking the easy way out and just prescribing steroid after steroid? Yes,
my children’s PCP, did take the easy way out for about 3 years.

2. What were the findings in the Bronchoscopies? Herself and her
daughter had 60% narrow airway and Laryngeal webbing. Her son had 70%
narrow airway and needed reconstructive surgery. Her daughter also has
acid reflux that contributes to the croup cough. The children are older
now, 17 and 24, and still sometimes need to be treated with steroids,
inhalers or nebulizers.

3. How do doctors diagnose Acid Reflux? For acid reflux, the surgeon
may notice signs of a red throat during the Bronchoscopy and order a
swallow study test.

4. How is GERD treated? A Nissen procedure, tie up esophagus.

5. Do you know what the likelihood of a children leaving the
procedure with no answers is? Sometimes they do not find a cause for the
recurrent croup, and sometimes wait to see if they outgrow it. Usually
if the child has horrible narrowing, they can always fix it. If they do
not find anything during the procedure, they may recommend the child to
see a immunologist, pulmonologist or an gastroenterologist.

These are only 5, of maybe, 20 questions I asked. She is helpful and
continues to provide me with new and important information. This
information helps me conduct my thesis. I have also learned a lot of new
things, that I did not learn in my research. I should maybe start using
different search words.