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    Hey all, first time posting Been a lurker for a while...

    Anyway, I need some advice on something. I've got an unconditional to study medicine (woot!) and have absolutely no motivation to study for my advanced highers. I was talking to my dad the other night about this, and he suggested I just leave school and try and find a more full time job than the one I have right now.

    I only have 15 days left at school until study leave, but I find it hard enough to study when I have a reason to do so! I phoned admissions to make sure they don't mind if I don't sit my exams and they were cool with it. Argh. Kind of nervous about jumping ship. Advice/stories similar to this would be nice please!
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    If I were you, I'd just continue as you are. Do as much or as little work as you want, but there's no point leaving now. That and someone has had to pay for you to put yourself in as a candidate this time around.
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    (Original post by Happydude)
    Hey all, first time posting Been a lurker for a while...

    Anyway, I need some advice on something. I've got an unconditional to study medicine (woot!) and have absolutely no motivation to study for my advanced highers. I was talking to my dad the other night about this, and he suggested I just leave school and try and find a more full time job than the one I have right now.

    I only have 15 days left at school until study leave, but I find it hard enough to study when I have a reason to do so! I phoned admissions to make sure they don't mind if I don't sit my exams and they were cool with it. Argh. Kind of nervous about jumping ship. Advice/stories similar to this would be nice please!
    When it comes to getting a job later in life, are you not concerned about the questions that may be raised as to why you haven't got any results from that stage in your education?
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    (Original post by Happydude)
    Hey all, first time posting Been a lurker for a while...

    Anyway, I need some advice on something. I've got an unconditional to study medicine (woot!) and have absolutely no motivation to study for my advanced highers. I was talking to my dad the other night about this, and he suggested I just leave school and try and find a more full time job than the one I have right now.

    I only have 15 days left at school until study leave, but I find it hard enough to study when I have a reason to do so! I phoned admissions to make sure they don't mind if I don't sit my exams and they were cool with it. Argh. Kind of nervous about jumping ship. Advice/stories similar to this would be nice please!
    Firstly congrats on the unconditional offer.

    I'd sit your exams if I was you. Questions will most probably be raised in the future if you leave without any qualifications at this time in your education.


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    It will look better on your CV if you don't drop out. In this competitive market, everything that sets you apart from any other candidate is vital. Enjoy yourself, and don't get too stressed about your exams, but put some work in and get some decent results that you can be proud of.
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    (Original post by Ryan-Hetherington)
    If I were you, I'd just continue as you are. Do as much or as little work as you want, but there's no point leaving now. That and someone has had to pay for you to put yourself in as a candidate this time around.
    I don't want to sound ungrateful for the money spent, but that isn't a factor that bothers me at all.


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    When it comes to getting a job later in life, are you not concerned about the questions that may be raised as to why you haven't got any results from that stage in your education?
    If I have my degree, are they going to bother asking about advanced highers? Surely saying I left school and did something beneficial rather than sat exams that were completely unnecessary sounds better...?

    I really have no idea!
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    (Original post by Happydude)
    I don't want to sound ungrateful for the money spent, but that isn't a factor that bothers me at all.




    If I have my degree, are they going to bother asking about advanced highers? Surely saying I left school and did something beneficial rather than sat exams that were completely unnecessary sounds better...?

    I really have no idea!
    Presuming you're sitting the examinations this summer, I would advise staying on. Though, of course, it is always going to come down to your own opinions.
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    Just sit them anyway, you might do really well since there is less pressure
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    Yeah, I think I might just sit them. I reckon I'll only leave if I have a decent enough job lined up well before the exams. Cheers all!
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    (Original post by dslc)
    When it comes to getting a job later in life, are you not concerned about the questions that may be raised as to why you haven't got any results from that stage in your education?

    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    Firstly congrats on the unconditional offer.

    I'd sit your exams if I was you. Questions will most probably be raised in the future if you leave without any qualifications at this time in your education.
    And the answer to these 'questions' is that he already had an unconditional and didn't need to sit the exams...
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    (Original post by Happydude)
    Hey all, first time posting Been a lurker for a while...

    Anyway, I need some advice on something. I've got an unconditional to study medicine (woot!) and have absolutely no motivation to study for my advanced highers. I was talking to my dad the other night about this, and he suggested I just leave school and try and find a more full time job than the one I have right now.

    I only have 15 days left at school until study leave, but I find it hard enough to study when I have a reason to do so! I phoned admissions to make sure they don't mind if I don't sit my exams and they were cool with it. Argh. Kind of nervous about jumping ship. Advice/stories similar to this would be nice please!
    I'm in the exact same situation, different course though. I'm still gonna see it through to the end because hey I may get higher then before. Maybe you should too just to see if you can get higher, can't hurt and tbh you have nothing to lose seeing you're essentially guaranteed a place at uni.
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    I'd recommend that you continue just incase it turns out medicine isnt for you and you decide to go for something else later in life, as well as all the work youve already done to get your highers.
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    (Original post by ROYP)
    And the answer to these 'questions' is that he already had an unconditional and didn't need to sit the exams...
    :facepalm:

    I know what an unconditional is.

    Employers are going to want to know why he doesn't have any A-levels and I don't think 'I decided not to do any work because I had a unconditional' is really going to cut it especially when he may be put up against other candidates who have both A-levels and a degree.
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    :facepalm:

    I know what an unconditional is.

    Employers are going to want to know why he doesn't have any A-levels and I don't think 'I decided not to do any work because I had a unconditional' is really going to cut it especially when he may be put up against other candidates who have both A-levels and a degree.
    I didn't think you didn't know what it meant.

    I think it's a perfectly acceptable answer to an employer. Shows that he knows when his time/energy can be better spent.
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    just remember what the job market is like right now ... the chances of going anywhere in life without your highers/degree are very very slim.

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