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I don't want to sound up myself, but I'd fancy myself as a smart individual (happily received 99% Chemistry first modules this week, yay) and I was really considering the range of jobs somebody who wants to mentally go fifth gear has open to them.

So far i've considered:
- Doctor (first and foremost; difficult to decide whether the stress is worth it though)
- Physicist
- Mechanics related
- Financial

My only big issue is I find it really hard to cope with immense pressure and stress, i'm susceptible to get pretty ill when i'm stressed out (even AS levels get me ill as a dog on the occasion). Any ideas? Feel free to expand into the jobs I've mentioned above (and the salary of the job does play some part in my mind £50K+ sounds heavenly)

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Lecturer/ researcher; but you mention money, so you may want to discount this suggestion!
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(Original post by Nickyy)
I don't want to sound up myself, but I'd fancy myself as a smart individual (happily received 99% Chemistry first modules this week, yay) and I was really considering the range of jobs somebody who wants to mentally go fifth gear has open to them.

So far i've considered:
- Doctor (first and foremost; difficult to decide whether the stress is worth it though)
- Physicist
- Mechanics related
- Financial

My only big issue is I find it really hard to cope with immense pressure and stress, i'm susceptible to get pretty ill when i'm stressed out (even AS levels get me ill as a dog on the occasion). Any ideas? Feel free to expand into the jobs I've mentioned above (and the salary of the job does play some part in my mind £50K+ sounds heavenly)

Thanks!
Well those four jobs really are quite diverse - one's medical, one's scientific, one's monetary etc.

Any specifics to make things easier?
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(Original post by Nickyy)
I don't want to sound up myself, but I'd fancy myself as a smart individual (happily received 99% Chemistry first modules this week, yay) and I was really considering the range of jobs somebody who wants to mentally go fifth gear has open to them.

So far i've considered:
- Doctor (first and foremost; difficult to decide whether the stress is worth it though)
- Physicist
- Mechanics related
- Financial

My only big issue is I find it really hard to cope with immense pressure and stress, i'm susceptible to get pretty ill when i'm stressed out (even AS levels get me ill as a dog on the occasion). Any ideas? Feel free to expand into the jobs I've mentioned above (and the salary of the job does play some part in my mind £50K+ sounds heavenly)

Thanks!
There's obviously law. However all the jobs that you've put down I'm guessing are highly stressful which is rewarded by large pay. It's hard to find a non-stressful job, with good pay in all fairness as usually it's a risk/work/stress=reward.

For instance as you already stated Doctors are under intense amount of stress, watch Junior Doctors (BBC3 9pm Tuesday) and you see the F1's and F2's featured constantly crying and complaining of stress. I'm guessing the same can be said about finance (if you're talking about IB), and engineering, I'm unsure about physicists and their level of job-stress however it's probably also high.

Just do what you enjoy in all honesty. It's pretty shallow if you want to go into a certain field for the reason that you want to be seen as intellectual to people you meet...
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Probably put this across the wrong way. It's not jobs that make you look smart I'm looknig for, I'm looking for jobs that really stretch the brain. Law is a great suggestion though, thank you.
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(Original post by Nickyy)
I don't want to sound up myself, but I'd fancy myself as a smart individual (happily received 99% Chemistry first modules this week, yay) and I was really considering the range of jobs somebody who wants to mentally go fifth gear has open to them.

So far i've considered:
- Doctor (first and foremost; difficult to decide whether the stress is worth it though)
- Physicist
- Mechanics related
- Financial

My only big issue is I find it really hard to cope with immense pressure and stress, i'm susceptible to get pretty ill when i'm stressed out (even AS levels get me ill as a dog on the occasion). Any ideas? Feel free to expand into the jobs I've mentioned above (and the salary of the job does play some part in my mind £50K+ sounds heavenly)

Thanks!
Sounds like you'd be better off in academia, but lets be honest, you're an A level student, not gods gift to science, so try doing something of note before bigging yourself up. You'd last about 5 seconds as a doctor or in finance if you crumble under stress.

An academic physicist (rather than working in industry) would be the least stressful of the jobs you've listed, as the deadlines etc. are much broader.

Good luck with your studies.
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If you get stressed out because of AS levels then medicine is probably not for you. Think about working your ass off having to do 1 patient every 10-15 mins while knowing you're being sued by a 60yo daily mail reader for something ridiculously silly. Most of the doctors I know have taken meds to relieve stress at one point or another. Avoid it if you have a low tolerance for stupid people or pick a speciality with little contact with patients.

Generally narrow it to the stuff you'd enjoy doing, THEN think about the money. Not the other way round. You can make lots of money in any field.

Look up Actuarial Science if you're into maths/statistics/finance
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Academic or actuary.

Actuary sounds right up your street, actually - fairly tough intellectually, with great financial rewards and [apparently] relatively low stress. That's once you've passed the exams though, so maybe the first few years wouldn't be a party for you!
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So far i've considered:
- Doctor (first and foremost; difficult to decide whether the stress is worth it though)
- Physicist
- Mechanics related
- Financial
I assume that by "mechanics related" you mean engineering?

Don't go into engineering if you want to be seen as "intellectual". Most of the general public don't know what an engineer is. If you describe yourself as a mechanical engineer, many people will assume you fix cars or machines for a living. Engineering is not something you go into for the status, you do it for the love of it!

Actually, if you're particularly interested in chemistry you could look at chemical engineering?

I think in general any high wage job is going to be stressful - as the responsibility comes higher so does the pressure!
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http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/Occupations.aspx

Somebody posted this in another thread the other day

i think IQ tests are pretty hotly debated, but as you can see there is crossover in IQ ranges between all the jobs. So the best option is to choose what you like + enjoy and if you really are as clever as you say then you should excel in whatever field you put your mind to.
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(Original post by Callipygian)
http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/Occupations.aspx

Somebody posted this in another thread the other day

i think IQ tests are pretty hotly debated, but as you can see there is crossover in IQ ranges between all the jobs. So the best option is to choose what you like + enjoy and if you really are as clever as you say then you should excel in whatever field you put your mind to.
So where to the people with IQ's of higher than 130 work?
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So where to the people with IQ's of higher than 130 work?
It says that it's only showing the 10th and 90th percentiles at the extremes of the graph. People with iqs of over 130 are over the 90th percentile
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My only big issue is I find it really hard to cope with immense pressure and stress, i'm susceptible to get pretty ill when i'm stressed out (even AS levels get me ill as a dog on the occasion). Any ideas? Feel free to expand into the jobs I've mentioned above (and the salary of the job does play some part in my mind £50K+ sounds heavenly)

Thanks!
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