Why a doctor changed careers and became an esports caster

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Before Aaron “Medic” Chamberlain became an esports caster for the League of Legends Challenger Series, he was a doctor.

During an interview with The Shotcaller, Chamberlain revealed that he picked up some of his interviewing skills when he was trained as a doctor. Before getting his start in esports, Chamberlain earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and worked as a doctor — which explains his nickname, Medic.

“I took a gap year after High School, then applied for Medical School, got in and did that for five years and I worked as a doctor for a year in the UK,” Chamberlain told The Shotcaller. “Then in August last year, I quit my job to become a full-time caster.”

So what caused the change? A mix of his love for games and the emotional toll of being a doctor.

“Although I love the science side of being a doctor, the emotional side took a real toll on me,” Chamberlain told The Shotcaller. “Dealing with people getting sick and their families… It was just a lot of emotional investment.”

While some parents may not be so happy to see their child quit a career in medicine to pursue one in esports, Chamberlain is lucky — his father is very supportive of him.

“I got the opportunity to cast full-time, I told my dad that I really wanted to do this and he has supported me since,” Chamberlain told The Shotcaller. “He even watches my streams even though he knows nothing about League of Legends. He goes like, ‘Well, you were saying some words and it sounded like you were having fun so it must’ve been a great cast.’ Yes Dad, it was, thank you very much.”

As for what Chamberlain learned while training as a doctor, he asks open-ended questions to people he’s interviewing and gives them time to answer.

“This is going to be a little bit technical, but there’s this idea in medicine that if someone comes in with a problem, you ask them an open question and you give them a minute to answer with whatever they want to answer,” Chamberlain told The Shotcaller. “So when I interview people, the first question I ask is one I try to keep very open.”

That’s a good piece of advice for anyone who’s doing interviews.

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