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At uni and need to decide on a career path - medicine or accountancy?

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    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.

    Have you gained any work experience in either field?

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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Have you gained any work experience in either field?

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    Applied for some accounting summer internships, didn't get any (probably because my heart wasn't in it as I was so unsure career-wise at that point). But, I am volunteering at a hospital next month for 4 weeks. I just worry that at the end of the volunteering placement i'll have found that i enjoyed it, and so be no clearer towards deciding because i still won't be sure if i'd enjoy accountancy.
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