Here's the situation: Right now I intern for the county in a medically-related field, basically serving as a medical scribe for pathologists. It's a pretty boring job (I really just type all day and look up anatomical structures) but it pays the bills. I was sort of counting on my boss to hook me up with a job at public health when I graduated, until a state-wide hiring freeze was announced. Long story short, it's pretty safe to say I won't have a job waiting for me when I get out of school. With this in mind I found an opening at an outdoor equipment manufacturer that'd be pretty sweet, but isn't at all medically related. If I took the job, I'd obviously have to ditch the medical scribe internship, which I've only been doing for the past 8 months. Needless to say, any post-graduation job would be a bit of a windfall, as beggers really can't be choosers in this ecconomic environment. What I'm worried about though is the potential impact on my application of leaving a medically related experience for a random private sector job when my prior work experience has shown a stepwise gravitation towards medicine (i.e"oh well he's pursuing his true passion, which obviously isn't medicine" application -->trash) Thoughts? Does taking advantage of an opportunity like this demonstrate a certain degree of capreciousness? (Not generally, but in the context of a history of medically related endeavors and a professed interest in medicine) Might adcoms consider/understand the ecconomy's impact on the employment prospects/decisions of fresh college grads who may not be able to land a job in the health sciences?