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    So guys. I don't know what i want to be - initially it was a doctor but 10 years and then getting paid pennies?? I don't think i can withhold through time with that...i mean i want to do something along the lines of medicine or even pharmacy...i don't know guys. I was thinking chemical engineering line but for that id have to change my levels around and switch subjects...but i don't know. i really don't know. Ive been tryna look at Uni Courses and one i might want to do requires me to change an level but its a new degree course so idont even know what job it leads to ... PLEASE HELP!!
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    What are your interests? What subjects do you like? What grades have you/are going to achieve in GCSE's and GCE's? Have you done work experience to get a feel for how your desirable work place is like?

    Becoming a doctor isn't 10 years. You can do a 5 year course and join the NHS or the military if you are ambitious (which is what I plan on doing) and you get paid lots as well as going around the world (especially if you are a doctor in the Navy). If you don't join the military, you can join NHS as a civilian doctor and can start working straight away. Of course if you wish to go further and become a specialist and consultant, then yes you have to train for longer but I think the rewards of becoming a doctor are worth the effort.

    However, if you plan on doing checmical engineering, you again do have to work for several years to gain high qualifications and frankly, job opportunities are not as much in engineering pathway as they are in medicine.
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    So guys. I don't know what i want to be - initially it was a doctor but 10 years and then getting paid pennies?? I don't think i can withhold through time with that...i mean i want to do something along the lines of medicine or even pharmacy...i don't know guys. I was thinking chemical engineering line but for that id have to change my levels around and switch subjects...but i don't know. i really don't know. Ive been tryna look at Uni Courses and one i might want to do requires me to change an level but its a new degree course so idont even know what job it leads to ... PLEASE HELP!!
    Which bit of it takes ten years and who's earning pennies?
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    (Original post by lostplot)
    So guys. I don't know what i want to be - initially it was a doctor but 10 years and then getting paid pennies?? I don't think i can withhold through time with that...i mean i want to do something along the lines of medicine or even pharmacy...i don't know guys. I was thinking chemical engineering line but for that id have to change my levels around and switch subjects...but i don't know. i really don't know. Ive been tryna look at Uni Courses and one i might want to do requires me to change an level but its a new degree course so idont even know what job it leads to ... PLEASE HELP!!
    This confusion is an indicator that you need to actually get some experience in these fields i.e shadow a doctor, go to a chemical engineering event etc. These three fields you're interested have limited similarity between them so you definitely need the experience. Doctors do not get paid pennies but anyone that enters medicine motivated by money is frankly asking for trouble. As for pharmacy, stay away from pharmacy as that profession is in big troubles at the moment.

    Like I had said, get yourself some sort of experiences in these fields that interest you and that should help you decide better.
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    What are your interests? What subjects do you like? What grades have you/are going to achieve in GCSE's and GCE's? Have you done work experience to get a feel for how your desirable work place is like?

    Becoming a doctor isn't 10 years. You can do a 5 year course and join the NHS or the military if you are ambitious (which is what I plan on doing) and you get paid lots as well as going around the world (especially if you are a doctor in the Navy). If you don't join the military, you can join NHS as a civilian doctor and can start working straight away. Of course if you wish to go further and become a specialist and consultant, then yes you have to train for longer but I think the rewards of becoming a doctor are worth the effort.

    However, if you plan on doing checmical engineering, you again do have to work for several years to gain high qualifications and frankly, job opportunities are not as much in engineering pathway as they are in medicine.
    Had no idea about 5 year courses...i want search into that a bit more. Eve where I've looked on it keeps saying 10 years. Thank you!
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    This confusion is an indicator that you need to actually get some experience in these fields i.e shadow a doctor, go to a chemical engineering event etc. These three fields you're interested have limited similarity between them so you definitely need the experience. Doctors do not get paid pennies but anyone that enters medicine motivated by money is frankly asking for trouble. As for pharmacy, stay away from pharmacy as that profession is in big troubles at the moment.

    Like I had said, get yourself some sort of experiences in these fields that interest you and that should help you decide better.
    I agree...i think i need to try volunteering at a hospital maybe or try out work experiences at different places
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    (Original post by lostplot)
    Had no idea about 5 year courses...i want search into that a bit more. Eve where I've looked on it keeps saying 10 years. Thank you!
    Out of curiosity, where exactly have you looked? The majority of courses you enter straight after doing A levels are 5 years, the rest are 6 years (because doing an extra intercalated year is compulsory at these 6 year places while it's voluntary at the 5 year places).
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    (Original post by lostplot)
    Had no idea about 5 year courses...i want search into that a bit more. Eve where I've looked on it keeps saying 10 years. Thank you!
    If you want to discuss options, feel free to private message me and I will discuss your concerns with you in more detail. My mother is a cardiothoracic consultant and a surgeon and my sister is also currently studying in med school so I can have them guide you. As for chemical engineering route, I am not well informed so you might need to ask a few other people around.


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