Computer science VS medicine...

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    I have always been very interested and passionate about computer science and knew i was going to a degree(s) in it and become a software/hardware engineer/computer scientist(forgive me for incorrect syntax if applicable)...

    Recently i have been reflecting upon my choice and confirming that is what i want to do for the rest of my life...

    I already know that is what i want to do but as i said i am just confirming so...

    i am currently at the start of Y11...

    I am one of the top in my class,predicted most A*'s and A's and do computing at GCSE and do many Extra curricular and also many related to computer science....
    I am truly passionate about the subject and would like to study it at Cambridge...

    HOWEVER,my dad is a surgeon and he says that the career is OK and is not encouraging nor discouraging me to go into...But my mum and other relatives are insisting/persuading me to go into medicine and become a doctor/surgeon?

    I much prefer and i absolutely love/am obsessed with computer science and very talented at it and also at maths and sciences...

    However,my parents say that i am smart enough for medicine and thus i should go for it(I know) and that it is a more noble professions and finally that it pays better(IS THIS TRUE,I THOUGH COMPUTER SCIENCE WAS VERY WELL PAYING???)

    What should i do,They are happy with computer science but i'm very confused as even though computing is almost part of me i fear there words may be better than mine due to experience???

    Any other advice will also be greatly appreciated...Thanks!
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    Don't do medicine just because your parents think you should. You're clearly passionate about CS so trust your instincts and go for that.
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    (Original post by VNN)
    I have always been very interested and passionate about computer science and knew i was going to a degree(s) in it and become a software/hardware engineer/computer scientist(forgive me for incorrect syntax if applicable)...

    Recently i have been reflecting upon my choice and confirming that is what i want to do for the rest of my life...

    I already know that is what i want to do but as i said i am just confirming so...

    i am currently at the start of Y11...

    I am one of the top in my class,predicted most A*'s and A's and do computing at GCSE and do many Extra curricular and also many related to computer science....
    I am truly passionate about the subject and would like to study it at Cambridge...

    HOWEVER,my dad is a surgeon and he says that the career is OK and is not encouraging nor discouraging me to go into...But my mum and other relatives are insisting/persuading me to go into medicine and become a doctor/surgeon?

    I much prefer and i absolutely love/am obsessed with computer science and very talented at it and also at maths and sciences...

    However,my parents say that i am smart enough for medicine and thus i should go for it(I know) and that it is a more noble professions and finally that it pays better(IS THIS TRUE,I THOUGH COMPUTER SCIENCE WAS VERY WELL PAYING???)

    What should i do,They are happy with computer science but i'm very confused as even though computing is almost part of me i fear there words may be better than mine due to experience???

    Any other advice will also be greatly appreciated...Thanks!
    Don't let anyone force you to do something that you don't want to do. Do whatever you see yourself doing in 10 years time. There is no point doing Medicine when you won't actually enjoy it and you will be miserable during the degree and pretty much for the rest of your life.
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    Being a doctor/surgeon is a calling and one in which you won't succeed unless you have a passion for it. This will be your career and no-one elses. The Medical course is extremely tough and 5/6 years is a long time doing something you don't enjoy.

    Pick a degree that will lead to a career that you know you will enjoy.
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    A medical degree will guarantee a job, a well paid one too compared to a computer science graduate, no contest. With computer science you really need to compete against other computer science graduates but with a medical degree there's an abundance of positions available to you. However to apply to for a medical course is also FIERCLY competitive. A medical degree is also twice as long in duration (4-5 years for the degree, then a year or so away for training prior to becoming registered).

    Sometimes people have this (may seem harsh to say this) naive view about degrees, you "chase your passion" or whatever nonsense. Degrees take money, effort and time and if you've just went for something you enjoyed without UTTERLY mastering it to the point where you can make money from it, you're not doing yourself any favours. There's also the point to consider that when you chase a passion to the point where it becomes a career it may kill the enthusiasm you had for it but it really depends on the personality of the person. There's also your free time where you can have hobbies.

    When you think about something like this, I'm not you, but my personal opinion would be to think about taking on something I am genuinely interested in, not crazy mad about, but interested enough that I can learn on my own initiative but also not be put off by working in the field to put bread on the table. Tough call, but if you pick something you don't have a genuine interest in, you'll only torture yourself and you won't accomplish as many things as you would if you really enjoyed your time.
 
 
 
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