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    Ive wanted to become a gp as it seems like a chill secure job that helps people get better. Despite this, during my work experience (hospital) though it was interesting, I was quite tired/bored and also being heavily introverted a quiet desk job seems more appealing -though the lack of uncertainty with courses outside of medicine/dentistry creates real anxiety for me which sways me away from them.

    Does anyone have any advice for me?
    ps My grades are: (gcses: 5A* 6A 1B, AS:AAAA so far), Ive been volunteering at a elders carehome which is enjoyable and 1 week hospital (A&E).
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    Yes if u think the career is for u
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    It might be that specialty you were doing work experience at wasn't for you, ad your grades are good enough for medicine. But I'd ask around, talk to medical students if you can and get a good idea that it's what you want to do because it's at least 5 years at uni then a very full on job for the rest of your life. If you're really unsure, maybe consider a gap year for extra healthcare work or graduate entry
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    If you want to apply for 2017 entry, have you prepared for UKCAT, looked at admissions process? Medicine is extremely competitive, if you're not fully committed it will show when applying. Only pursue a career you really are passionate about.

    Furthermore, your understanding of a job as a GP is not correct. GPs work extremely long, unsocial hours with huge amounts of workload, it is most definitely not 'chill.'

    Medicine is a vocational career, it doesn't end after 5 years at uni. There is then foundation years, specialist training, postgraduate training, fellowship courses, etc etc. It is extremely demanding.

    I'm not saying this to put you off medicine, this is the reality of the career. It is not a cushy desk job and the fact that you find an 'introverted' career appealing, makes me believe that you are not suited for medicine.
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    (Original post by MoshBosh)
    GPs work extremely long, unsocial hours.
    Is that right? Where? What is your definition of "unsocial hours"?

    (Original post by MoshBosh)
    I'm not saying this to put you off medicine, this is the reality of the career. It is not a cushy desk job and the fact that you find an 'introverted' career appealing, makes me believe that you are not suited for medicine.
    The OP never said they wanted an "introverted career"; they mentioned that they are an introvert, and would like a quiet job. Who are you to tell the OP whether or not they are suited for medicine? There are specialties in medicine that are perfectly suitable for introverts, if they do not like being in constant contact with people, or the hustle and bustle of hospitals, e.g. pathologists.
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    Most GPs do way more than 9-5. There are more and more practices with 7am surgery start times (and you have to be there and ready to go at that time), and late finishes (9pm in some places). More and more practices are trying to accommodate people's work schedules and the government drive for a 7 day NHS.

    Weekend working, home visits and even staffing GP clinic in hospitals over night are more common. Outside of the main clinic hours you have tests results to chase and audits to do. You have continuous training as you are expected to be an all round generalist. This means keeping up to date with multiple specialities.

    And if you are in a partner in a practice you have accounts, HR, staffing bills and maintenance to do on top of your clinical jobs. It's a public facing role dealing with patients and staff (and endless phone referrals) all day every day which might be a challenge if you are introverted.

    As the above poster has stated, other hospital specialities may be more your thing. But you are not going to know until you have exposure. Maybe try shadowing in pathology, histology etc.

    That's not to say you can't be an introvert in medicine. I am a nurse and future medic, I am mostly an introvert myself but I can put my game face on at work and deal with people all day in ways I would never chose to at home. I avoid phone calls like the plague outside work but I have no choice but to answer them at work etc.


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    lol @ GP being described as a "chilled...quiet desk job". OP, there is no "quiet desk job" after medicine. If you want a "chilled" job I highly recommend you look into taking a yoga teaching course
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    I have read every reply and considered them; I would like to thank you all for the responses, it has helped me come to a decision.
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    What did you decide?


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