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    I am a student who is currently in the first year of A levels. I have been gifted with very strong mathematical ability, and have an interest in studying engineering at university. However, I have read that engineers are undervalued in the U.K., and I don't want to follow a career path in which I am underpaid and overworked. The alternative for me is to just go down the generic medicine path, which I am also interested in (though not as much) and doctors are highly valued in this country. What advice/alternative suggestions does anyone have?
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    I don’t know much about engineering but I know that yes doctors in the UK are highly valued but they are also overworked and underpaid with the current NHS crisis.
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    (Original post by Billy_\1100)
    I am a student who is currently in the first year of A levels. I have been gifted with very strong mathematical ability, and have an interest in studying engineering at university. However, I have read that engineers are undervalued in the U.K., and I don't want to follow a career path in which I am underpaid and overworked. The alternative for me is to just go down the generic medicine path, which I am also interested in (though not as much) and doctors are highly valued in this country. What advice/alternative suggestions does anyone have?
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    (Original post by Billy_\1100)
    I am a student who is currently in the first year of A levels. I have been gifted with very strong mathematical ability, and have an interest in studying engineering at university. However, I have read that engineers are undervalued in the U.K., and I don't want to follow a career path in which I am underpaid and overworked. The alternative for me is to just go down the generic medicine path, which I am also interested in (though not as much) and doctors are highly valued in this country. What advice/alternative suggestions does anyone have?
    Hi there,

    The first question I wanted to ask you was where you got your information about engineers?

    I was also wondering if you have done any work experience as an engineer? Local companies will often take on young people for a week or two who are interested in learning about the profession. Sometimes you just have to ring and ask.

    Also, you mention you have a strong mathematical ability? Can I ask if you enjoy maths as a subject on its own?

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    (Original post by Billy_\1100)
    I am a student who is currently in the first year of A levels. I have been gifted with very strong mathematical ability, and have an interest in studying engineering at university. However, I have read that engineers are undervalued in the U.K., and I don't want to follow a career path in which I am underpaid and overworked. The alternative for me is to just go down the generic medicine path, which I am also interested in (though not as much) and doctors are highly valued in this country. What advice/alternative suggestions does anyone have?
    Hi Billy_\1100

    Contrary to what you may have heard, engineering graduates actually have some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. It is good that you are considering alternatives, but in general you will be more successful on a course that you are enthusiastic about, so if engineering interests you most then go for it.

    What area of engineering are you most interested in?

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    Do some work experience in sectors that interest you to help you decide...also what about studying maths as a degree?
 
 
 
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