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    Recently I've been doubting applying to medicine and I'm confused over what other options I have for a uni course or career. The thing that puts me off medicine is the long hours (I want a 9-5 job) and working in a hospital + the stress which cant be too good for my own health!

    I've just got my AS Results: 4A's in Chemistry, Biology, History, Business Studies. I was thinking about pharmacy but the salary puts me off.

    I've got to make up my mind by september to sort out mi personal statement etc. Are there any jobs in medicine that dont involve working in a hospital, or jobs with 9-5 hours?
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    If you want a 9-5 job, do not not not ever ever ever consider medicine.
    you could become a hospital manager - one of the *******s who works nine till five and makes all the drs and nurses work stupid hours and shifts.

    You could be a physio? Chiropodist? Occupational therapist? Haematologist? Radiographer?

    if your not going to be a dr then don't do a medicine degree, you screw it up for admissions for people who don't care about the hours, and are doing medicine because they want to do the hours that come with it. Don't use "I want to be a GP" as an excuse to apply for a MBBCh because you still have to work at least 4 years with silly hours as surgical and hospital medicine before you can convert and start the 5 yr training for GP.
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    (Original post by flipflop2)
    Are there any jobs in medicine that dont involve working in a hospital, or jobs with 9-5 hours?
    Forget medicine.
    While there are jobs like that,(dermatology, family medicine, histopathology ) it would take you around 10 years of further training, working hard in a hospital and doing awful hours before you can get one of them.
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    No medicine related jobs are 9-5 to be honest unless your a GP. however why dont you consider dentistry if you really want a flexible job. The pay is much Better then a Docter, and its 9-5 job. You've got the exact grades needed to become a dentist.
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    Being a Dentist isn't that bad actually, I'll definately consider it. It is a little boring though. If I could chose my ideal job it would be a paramedic, but the pay isn't worth all the hard work i've put into my education. So I'm looking for a exciting sort of job.
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    (Original post by flipflop2)
    Hi

    Recently Ive been doubting applying to medicine and Im confused over what other options I have for a uni course or career. The thing that puts me off medicine is the long hours (I want a 9-5 job) and working in a hospital + the stress which cant be too good for my own health!

    Ive just got my AS Results: 4As in Chemistry, Biology, History, Business Studies. I was thinking about pharmacy but the salary puts me off.

    Ive got to make up my mind by september to sort out mi personal statement etc. Are there any jobs in medicine that dont involve working in a hospital, or jobs with 9-5 hours?
    You will study 8 to 10 years before earning exceptional salaries (£30,000 to £60,000+) as a Doctor/GP, whatever.

    You should do 3 year degrees in either Chemistry, Biology, or Biochemistry.

    Now think about this.

    Do Biochemistry. For example you will become a Biomedical scientist. While not earning as much as a fully qualified Doctor, You will be 21 when you graduate (a doctor will be 28!). You can start earning £25,000 pa salaries straight away!

    You will earn £25,000 pa for 7 straight years (not to mention increase in earnings as you become more experienced) before a Doctor holds his/hers title.

    £25,000 x 7 = £175,000.

    You will therefore be £175,000 richer than the Doctor, who has not yet earned anything, who owns debts to the University, and who has to work 60 hours every week for the next 4 years before he catches up with you. But by then you will be a Senior Biomedical Scientist who probably earns more than 60,000 pa. So you will be infact richer and better paid than a doctor.

    After all this explained, tell me if you want to become a Biomedical Scientist.
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    But don't plumbers earn more than Biochemists?

    If you want to do a 9 - 5 job, avoid Medicine like the plague. The only way you'd get a 9 - 5 job there is after about a zillion years, or by doing the admin side of the NHS. Which isn't a good idea.
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    a pharmacist in industry, hospital or places like boots. They earn decent money aswell.
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    What enticed you to being a doctor in the first place?

    If you want to know more about medicine then you NEED to do work experience/shadowing in a hospital setting. It's the best way of finding out first hand what it's like (although wont always give the 100% right impression). You may love it or hate it, but until you have a look first you won't know and its not a profession you can walk into blind folded. Have a look at the medicine university forum for more information.
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    u said paramedic, didnt like pay. What about army medic?
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    (Original post by Shujinko)
    ...You will be 21 when you graduate (a doctor will be 28!).
    23! Standard medicine courses are 5 years & can be done after A levels in the UK. On completion you can practise & will be paid as a Dr, although the registration is provisional at first.

    As kpg says - why are you considering medicine in the first place? & does that compensate for the fact the hours might be long & the job stressful at times...?
    You'd need the work experience for an application anyway, so worth getting some if you haven't already. & it might help give you a more realistic idea (Working Times Directive & all that...) & show some of the diversity of careers in medicine - you could also try the studentbmj or BMJ career zones or NHS Jobs websites.

    Edit - you said you want excitement? is that not fairly synonymous with stress - it's just how you deal with it? :p:
 
 
 
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