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    I've been wondering about this for a while now, and whilst I would volunteer to get work experience in both sectors I have an illness that prevents me from working currently. However it won't be forever (shouldn't be anyway!) and I want to start thinking about career options. I'm 22 so still quite young and when I'm better could do a uni course or apprenticeship if required.

    Reason why I initially chose medicine: To help other people with what I've struggled with, which is a mental-somatic disease. I was thinking about specialising in neurology for that reason, but obviously there's a lot of hard work involved.

    Computer programming I considered because it can easily be learned at home, you can get freelance work which suits my needs more, plus once I'm better I could always do an IT apprenticeship and there's plenty of work in the IT sector these days.

    At the moment I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of each but not having had much experience in either I can't really do it well and so joined this site to see if others can help me out. I'd like to know working hours and average pay of each, plus pros and cons of each job(preferably from people in the sectors).

    My personality lends itself towards being curious, intelligent, and somewhat extroverted(though I can lack confidence in talking to people because of my condition), I enjoy hands on work, and problem solving, and understanding how things work and learning new things.

    I should mention, pay check is a big one for me. Coming from a lower class family means I really want to make up for what I lacked in childhood. I wouldn't mind hard work if I enjoyed it and it gave me a bigger salary. Problem is I'm not sure what I enjoy most at the moment, I was always into science and maths at school and did best in those, always scoring over 97%. So either career option could work for me.

    Thanks for reading if you've managed this far, and I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts.
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    Choose one and commit to it 110%. I doubt you could do both simulteanously
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    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    Choose one and commit to it 110%. I doubt you could do both simulteanously
    I don't want to do both, I want advice on which one would suit me better... I definitely want to commit 110% on one thing, I'm just not sure which at the moment.

    Note: I'm female so I feel that as computer programming is mostly a male dominated workplace that could be an uncomfortable con for me. But I'm willing to put it to the side if in the end I feel it's worth it.
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    (Original post by MayMcFlurry)
    I've been wondering about this for a while now, and whilst I would volunteer to get work experience in both sectors I have an illness that prevents me from working currently. However it won't be forever (shouldn't be anyway!) and I want to start thinking about career options. I'm 22 so still quite young and when I'm better could do a uni course or apprenticeship if required.

    Reason why I initially chose medicine: To help other people with what I've struggled with, which is a mental-somatic disease. I was thinking about specialising in neurology for that reason, but obviously there's a lot of hard work involved.

    Computer programming I considered because it can easily be learned at home, you can get freelance work which suits my needs more, plus once I'm better I could always do an IT apprenticeship and there's plenty of work in the IT sector these days.

    At the moment I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of each but not having had much experience in either I can't really do it well and so joined this site to see if others can help me out. I'd like to know working hours and average pay of each, plus pros and cons of each job(preferably from people in the sectors).

    My personality lends itself towards being curious, intelligent, and somewhat extroverted(though I can lack confidence in talking to people because of my condition), I enjoy hands on work, and problem solving, and understanding how things work and learning new things.

    I should mention, pay check is a big one for me. Coming from a lower class family means I really want to make up for what I lacked in childhood. I wouldn't mind hard work if I enjoyed it and it gave me a bigger salary. Problem is I'm not sure what I enjoy most at the moment, I was always into science and maths at school and did best in those, always scoring over 97%. So either career option could work for me.

    Thanks for reading if you've managed this far, and I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts.
    Sort of echoes what people here have said. I've finished year 3 of medschool and it's an absolute slog. Pre clin was hell on earth. It made a levels look like a joke, the 6/7 weeks before exams I woke up 6am had breakfast revised until midnight with only a hour off for lunch and another for dinner. This was at the end of an exhausting year of prepping for tutorials and attending lectures and lab sessions etc.

    Would I do it again? Absolutely no question. Some of the people you see on the wards and the future career involving helping people in something I love is why I'm in it. If you're prepared to go through the hell of medschool and post grad training because you want to, then there's your answer. Otherwise it's just a bit too much work in my opinion if you're on the fence regarding a future medical career!
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    (Original post by MayMcFlurry)
    I don't want to do both, I want advice on which one would suit me better... I definitely want to commit 110% on one thing, I'm just not sure which at the moment.

    Note: I'm female so I feel that as computer programming is mostly a male dominated workplace that could be an uncomfortable con for me. But I'm willing to put it to the side if in the end I feel it's worth it.
    Considering we aren't you it is not really in our place to decide which career path you choose, suffice to say either route will be difficult but I imagine medicine would be harder than software designing. Whichever route you take you need a strong will and determination, not something you can get by asking strangers on the internet which career to choose. Only you can make this decision for yourself.

    As for working conditions and hours etc, there are plenty of junior doctors here on TSR to ask, Etomidate comes to mind. I would recommend arranging work experience in both sectors before you make up your mind. Asking people on the internet is no substitute for experience
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    Thank you for your responses, I've decided Software Designing, Medical School sounds like too much for me! Though if any Software Designers responded I'd be grateful too to see the other side of the coin. Is it as stressful or less so? I don't mind hard work but I have to be mindful of my condition.
 
 
 
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