Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I understand they are two completely different professions; however, after giving it a lot of thought, I simply cannot decide between the two.
    For A levels I have taken Chemistry, Maths, and Biology. I know I'm not able to become a doctor but that's fine with me.

    I have always loved Chemistry but I definitely know I will not be taking it up to University level. And I believe that Pharmacy has the appropriate amount of Chemistry that I would like and also you get an opportunity to speak with clients/ patients especially during consultations. But there is one thing: unemployment. I'm really worried that I would struggle to find a job and I have read many threads here saying that becoming a pharmacist would be competitive as it's over-saturated.

    On the other hand, I have also looked into doing nursing. I have done numerous work experiences in hospital (I have done also work experiences as well for pharmacy) and I have enjoyed it so far. I have found it to be quite challenging and rewarding at the same time and I really do enjoy the amount of patient contact as well! However, in comparison with pharmacy, it's not as better paid and there's not a lot of chemistry.

    Could anyone help me decide, please?

    Thank you, in advance!!
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    Well at the moment, the NHS has a shortage of nurses but universities are practically mass producing pharmacists
    Have you looked at other courses such as biomed or clinical science?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vee_wuvshugs)
    Well at the moment, the NHS has a shortage of nurses but universities are practically mass producing pharmacists
    Have you looked at other courses such as biomed or clinical science?
    I have looked into biomedical science and it doesn't really interest me. Do you know any courses besides Biomed/Biochem? The reason I don't wanna do Biomed/Biochem is graduate prospects too! Most biochem/biomed students would end up as accountants etc. and it's the route I prefer not to go. :/ And Exactly!! NHS has shortage of nurses and it's one of the reasons that is compelling me to choose it as I know I will end up with a job whereas pharmacy is filled with uncertainty! I really don't know
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    It's only a few suggestions I guess from what I seen offered at universities but why not read up on computer science? Thats science related and earth sciences! But is it the "helping" kind of career you want to do? (What I mean by that is like being a Pharmacist you help with stuff and nursing you care for the ill ect.) Or would you not mind being adventerous with science related degrees?
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by confucius2414)
    I have looked into biomedical science and it doesn't really interest me. Do you know any courses besides Biomed/Biochem? The reason I don't wanna do Biomed/Biochem is graduate prospects too! Most biochem/biomed students would end up as accountants etc. and it's the route I prefer not to go. :/ And Exactly!! NHS has shortage of nurses and it's one of the reasons that is compelling me to choose it as I know I will end up with a job whereas pharmacy is filled with uncertainty! I really don't know
    Also, you really enjoy the hospital environment and trust me, no day is ever the same ( I hear my mum's stories all the time - she's a nurse) while as a pharmacist you might be lucky to even get a job let alone one in a hospital. I would talk to a careers advisor or someone like that if I were you. Maybe there's a post-grad degree for nurses which would offer a job with the amount of chemistry you're looking for. Good luck
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I think nursing is a good option. Main reason being you can work your way upwards and "Nurse practitioners" do quite a broad job and is able to prescribe medication as well.

    If you want to know about the pay, I know a few nursing agencies, who pay £300 for a single night **** (this is for a nurse working in a care home, for hospitals it could be high). Keep in mind, you also need to pay taxes for any job.

    Nursing also has a good job market and you really do a service to the people.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Thank you soo much everyone!!
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
    Help with your A-levels

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Rosette

    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

    Study planner

    Create a study plan

    Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

    Study planner

    Resources by subject

    Everything from mind maps to class notes.

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student doing homework

    Study tips from A* students

    Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

    Study help links and info

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

    Sponsored content:

    HEAR

    HEAR

    Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.