45: Used Internships to figure out what to do-Biomedical Engineer-Ryan Kohl

Ryan Kohl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Luis University and is currently working in regulatory affairs at Lundbeck which is a pharmaceutical company and had many internships through college. The job opportunities are pretty limitless once you graduate from writing software, medical imaging to designing medical equipment an even heading off to medical school.

At school Ryan took a lot of electrical engineering courses along with coding and image processing courses but determined the work was a little to solitary than what he wanted to do and determined it was not the right path for him. His expertise now is in regulatory operations and labeling and there is no typical work day. Trying to create a high quality of life for people is very important to Ryan.

Some advice heading off to college is to get involved in as many things as you can and always ask questions of things you are interested in. And as you launch into your career you need to be flexible and open to change. Don’t say no to opportunities even if you are afraid of failure

Best advice “Things turn out best for people that make the best of the way things turn out”. A personal habit for success is to ask as many questions as possible.

A recommended book is “Phantoms of the Brain” by V.S. Ramachandran.

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