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Students, don’t work. Use your spare time to gain extra knowledge

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Students, don’t work. Use your spare time to gain extra knowledge

Education doesn’t always have to take place in a formal classroom setting. And not everyone needs to follow other’s paths to reach success.

Pen Kakada, who just graduated last year as a child health care specialist, is a role model for the next generation.

He is currently working as a part-time medical teacher, teaching the young generation of medical students. He also works at Calmette Hospital and at a private clinic. Besides these jobs, he has also established a private clinic at his home to receive patients during his free time. Despite his busy schedule, Kakada said he likes to work all the time.

“I normally work nearly 20 hours a day if it is busy, but if I don’t work that much, I somehow feel quite bored.” said Kakada.

He added that he teaches medical students partly for money, but also so he can review old lessons that he learned in school. By teaching, he believes that he himself can understand the lessons better.

Currently, Kakada teaches eight classes each week, both on weekdays and weekends, with a total of about 100 students altogether.

“Teaching part-time is just the first step. My ultimate goal is to become a medical professor in the future.”

Kakada would like to advise the next generation of medical students to spend more time studying and researching on their own instead of taking part-time jobs. Do not be too greedy when looking for a job. Using himself as an example, he said that he wasted one year finishing his bachelor’s degree because he spent too much time working. It is advisable to have a long-term goal and focus on it.

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