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    I'm so unsure about my plans for the future, and it's stressing me out because I can't function properly without a plan and routine. For the past couple of years I've been planning to pursue medicine, but I'm no longer sure it's for me.

    I feel like the main reasons I'm considering it are that I'm a bright kid, it impresses people and that there's no shortage of jobs. I also want to make my family proud.

    However, I'm more interested in pure science than medicine. I'm socially anxious and I'm considering cancelling a hospital work experience placement because I feel physically sick thinking about it. I struggle to interact with people. I want a decent work-life balance and I can't cope efficiently with stress or pressure. I'm not good with my hands at all - I fail most science practicals.

    I don't know what to do. I feel as though people expect me to do medicine even though I have doubts. But then I want a good job, and I don't know what else I could do apart from medicine.

    Does anyone have any advice?
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    I'm similar to you. But I hope to go into medical research, rather than pure medicine.
 
 
 
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