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    Forewarning: I'm only in Year 12, but I need some sort of a plan so sorry if you think I'm overreacting
    Soo...I'm doing Bio Chem and Maths at A Level
    I wanted to do medicine but my mum is advising me to choose optometry as it's relatively less challenging in terms of work-life balance. I kinda feel like I may be copping out if I choose another course for the sake of it being easier tho. I also like Dentistry, as it was something I was interested in about 2 years ago.

    The confusing bit, I'm a citizen of Canada as well as Britain so I don't know which degrees are the easiest to transfer over there, also what the difference in starting salaries are between the careers in Canada as well as the UK

    Thank you in advance for your replies! (And for reading this essay!)
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    Medicine is very tough both academically, and on your life in general. The hours are long/unsociable and the training never stops. The nature of the job holds a lot of responsibility as well. Don't do what your mum tells you to do but she has a point. You need to think carefully whether or not you're willing to sacrifice a big part of your life for a very difficult but rewarding job.

    Anyone who gets a decent healthcare degree can go on to do graduate medicine afterwards. The fact so few people do is kind of telling imo. I certainly am not willing to put up with the **** doctors deal with day in day out so I never even considered it after finishing by radiography degree.

    I would probably post this thread in the medicine forum as well to get some opinions there. I think there's a lot of experience in there that should be able to help you out.
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    This is your decision, so try not let your parents influence you in any way.
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    (Original post by FXX)
    Medicine is very tough both academically, and on your life in general. The hours are long/unsociable and the training never stops. The nature of the job holds a lot of responsibility as well. Don't do what your mum tells you to do but she has a point. You need to think carefully whether or not you're willing to sacrifice a big part of your life for a very difficult but rewarding job.

    Anyone who gets a decent healthcare degree can go on to do graduate medicine afterwards. The fact so few people do is kind of telling imo. I certainly am not willing to put up with the **** doctors deal with day in day out so I never even considered it after finishing by radiography degree.

    I would probably post this thread in the medicine forum as well to get some opinions there. I think there's a lot of experience in there that should be able to help you out.
    Thank you! I have reposted it on the medicine forum, and I didn't know you could graduate after from medicine so it may be something I look into in the future?
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    (Original post by Ashtan)
    Thank you! I have reposted it on the medicine forum, and I didn't know you could graduate after from medicine so it may be something I look into in the future?
    Definitely - I thought I have already answered your specific Qs on the medical forum. But just to repeat there are some specialties in medicine that are not as detrimental work-life balance-wise than others. Also you can do graduate entry medicine after graduating with a healthcare related degree (biomedical sciences, other healthcare degrees). Competition is not any bit less though, in fact it is tougher than entering after A-levels.
 
 
 
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