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    Considering the state of the NHS and taking into consideration everything regarding both professions which would you choose?
    I have always wanted to be a doctor and everything I have done in school and my undergrad was so I could do medicine. Circumstances resulted in my A-levels not good enough for medicine so I did Human Bioscience with the intention of doing GEM. Recently, I have considered other professions such as a teacher or paramedic. I have really been thinking about whether I want to put myself through the pressure of trying to get into medicine.
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    Considering the state of the NHS and taking into consideration everything regarding both professions which would you choose?
    I have always wanted to be a doctor and everything I have done in school and my undergrad was so I could do medicine. Circumstances resulted in my A-levels not good enough for medicine so I did Human Bioscience with the intention of doing GEM. Recently, I have considered other professions such as a teacher or paramedic. I have really been thinking about whether I want to put myself through the pressure of trying to get into medicine.
    Going to move this over to careers for you where you should get some better replies, but what is it you want to do about the careers you're thinking about? They are very different professions, all of them you should be able to get jobs in and are in demand but what you'll be doing, pay etc are obviously massively different. I wouldn't let the NHS put you off at all, and if you want to do medicine then there is no harm in trying for it (although that will have to be next year now- the others you could start in 2018 potentially). I would give some thought to what it is you're actually looking for. Do you want to work with children? Would you be good in emergency situations and on the spot? Long hours? Awkward shifts? Driving? These are all things to consider. Good luck whichever you decide
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    (Original post by moonzig)
    Considering the state of the NHS and taking into consideration everything regarding both professions which would you choose?
    I have always wanted to be a doctor and everything I have done in school and my undergrad was so I could do medicine. Circumstances resulted in my A-levels not good enough for medicine so I did Human Bioscience with the intention of doing GEM. Recently, I have considered other professions such as a teacher or paramedic. I have really been thinking about whether I want to put myself through the pressure of trying to get into medicine.
    Well, the state of the NHS is partly due to Brexit and all the doctors leaving the UK as well as the fact it takes 5 years or so to become a doctor which is off putting to some so now there's a huge shortage of doctors which is why all the doctors are stressed and why it takes a long time to get an appointment. Doctors also have extremely high rates of depression but if you're interested in medicine and sciences then it'd be an extremely fulfilling job with a nice salary.

    Being a teacher is an extremely stressful job also with nearly half struggling with mental health problems, they also have long hours (not like 24 hour shifts doctors get) but they need to mark homework, plan lessons, deal with numerous different classes daily, in the end they receive a decent salary and a job which can also be fulfilling, and it'd be less stressful getting into a UNI to become a teacher I assume.

    I personally would choose doctor as I want to do that myself anyways, I really really like sciences and medicine interests me a lot which is why I want to do it, in the end it's up to you what you want to do, also, if you had circumstances that dropped your A-Level grades then I'm sure you can still apply and mention it in your PS they'd give you a shot considering your GCSE's were good and you had some nice work experience.
 
 
 
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