Background: business degree at top 5 UK uni, no student loans or debt as funded by parents. Aiming for 2:1
I was going to apply to graduate medical courses this summer but now i'm having second thoughts. Originally, i wanted to pursue this because i couldn't bear the thought of sitting a desk all day and earning potential/money isn't of great interest to me, i care more about being happy in what i do.
But now I am thinking more and more about the 4 years of graduate debt from medicine (no debt from previous degree), and that after graduating i will be a junior doctor and then undergoing specialist training, so would be looking at 12-16 years from now until I stopped my training and got a job with a good salary.
Taken some finance and management accounting modules at uni and really enjoyed them, but obviously a module is not representative of a career. Still don't like the idea of sitting at a desk all day, but it might not be as bad as i thought and i could really enjoy it. Earnings potential is realistically a lot higher, and i would be starting my career debt-free.
My main worry is that i just want to enjoy what i do...i'm big on job 'meaningfulness,' and i like that in medicine i can immediately see the benefit of my work. whereas in accounting, punching numbers into a spreadsheet isn't exactly meaningful work. but, as the years go by, i would inevitably become more senior and be given more responsibility.
Please help! Been putting off making a career decision ever since i was 16, but now, entering my 3rd year of uni, i kind of need to start making some life decisions.
At uni and need to decide on a career path - medicine or accountancy?
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