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    I am at the stage where I feel as though I have to decide which career path I should take, I am currently between two choices which are medicine or english and psychology. While choosing subjects in 3rd year I chose biology, French, maths, english, art, modern studies and history. Upon making these decisions I wasn't certain on which career I would like to pursue but I have now thought long and hard and have came to the two options previously stated. My only problem is to study medicine I would need 5 higher A's which must contain chemistry, however I did not take chemistry and will now need to do a crash higher if I choose to study medicine, I realise it will be tough but is it worth it? Or do I play it safe and go for english and psychology where I am likely to get the qualifications I need. Also, by studying medicine I will be more focused on my career rather than personal life and may have to put of having kids and getting married, is that also worth it?

    I am only 14 but I like to plan ahead.
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    Well, do you want to be a doctor or a psychologist or anything to do with English? What do YOU want to do when you grow up?

    If you're thinking of medicine, have you spent time shadowing a doctor to see what the job involves? It's worth also getting a quick read around the internet of 'a day in the life of a doctor' pages.

    For the record, you do NOT have to put plans of having children or getting married on hold. Where on Earth did you get that idea? There is plenty of opportunity for time out after your foundation training years (2 years) out of medical school.
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    I was planning on being a doctor but through studying english and psychology I could be a psychologist and do a year of teaching so I could be an english teacher so I had two options..
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    (Original post by Morgaaaaaaaaaan)
    I was planning on being a doctor but through studying english and psychology I could be a psychologist and do a year of teaching so I could be an english teacher so I had two options..
    Ok. I'll try and rephrase what I said

    You were planning on being a doctor, but you're now wondering whether you want to be a psychologist or a teacher instead. Is that right?

    If so, what do you envisage each job being like? Have you managed to get any shadowing done or arranged (not sure if you're old enough to shadow yet)? Do you do voluntary work around those needing medical care? That'll give you some idea of what it's like to be a doctor and a care-provider. It's also pretty much essential to get in, so it's worth is two-fold.

    Similarly for being a teacher or a psychologist. You won't be able to shadow, probably, for the latter but have a think about what it involves. What are the differences between psychology and psychiatry, for example? Which one appeals to you more? The former is a BA/BSc but the latter needs a medical degree and further specialisation as you'll be prescribing treatment.

    Just keep in mind that if you have a strong passion for psychology and teaching, medicine can also help you do that. Teaching is very common at university if you become involved enough in research during/after medical school.
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    I'm tied between studying medicine OR psychology and English. What really determines this is wether I am able to cope with crash higher chemistry or not as I was not able to take it in third year. I am a few months away from fourth year and I'd like to know what I was aiming for and how hard I need to work. If I choose medicine and fail to get all 5 A's, psychology and English will be my back up plan. I just need to know if it is worth the risk of doing crash higher chemistry and possibly not getting an A..
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    (Original post by Morgaaaaaaaaaan)
    I'm tied between studying medicine OR psychology and English. What really determines this is wether I am able to cope with crash higher chemistry or not as I was not able to take it in third year. I am a few months away from fourth year and I'd like to know what I was aiming for and how hard I need to work. If I choose medicine and fail to get all 5 A's, psychology and English will be my back up plan. I just need to know if it is worth the risk of doing crash higher chemistry and possibly not getting an A..
    Only you can make that choice. Not getting an A isn't the end of the world, there are a lot of good universities where one subject not getting an A will not hinder you.

    You could also consider taking time out, though this isn't usually popular with younger people. You could try and study for the chemistry higher before applying and after doing your other subjects. A year out is no bad thing and loads of people do it for various reasons (gap years, resits etc). You won't be looked badly upon for taking a year out to study chemistry.

    If you want to do medicine then doing it is your only choice. Only you, as I say, can decide whether you can handle the workload alongside your current studies, or whether it'd be best to do it separately after finishing your current studies.
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    I'd contact universities to ask if they would consider you if you took a year out to complete chemistry. Some do not look on it very well.

    I do however agree with MJK, your decision on career path should not rest on the grade you achieve in a subject. Especially considering how different the two are.
 
 
 
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