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    When I'm older I'm considering becoming a doctor because of learning about the body, I love biology and the opportunities to travel around the world and help people with illnesses. I love the variety of patients and I acknowledge the stress and sleepless nights that you get from being a doctor. I'm aware of the risks and the struggles to balance work and life but I think it would be worth it when you are changing someone else's life as well. Yet Science isn't my favourite subject and seeing as Medicine is basically all about science at uni I want to be sure that I'm passionate about every part of medicine before doing it. I don't want to do it then hate it which is something I might see happening if you do science for 5-6 years.
    I've always wanted to be a doctor, but I've been having doubts lately and I'm not sure if me wanting to be a doctor is influenced by my parent's (African parents looove doctors!).
    But... I also love history , more than science, and learning about the history of the world just excites me and I feel so curious to learn about the history of different cultures around the world. I've always been fascinated by the way history weaves together and how you are being taught stories about the lives of real people in the past. It also helps me reflect on how far humans have come. Doing essays in history and wider reading is also something I love about it.
    History has some different job routes that don't really interest me though, like journalism or law. I can't imagine any jobs that could incorporate a lot of what you learn in uni except historian or history teacher which are things I don't want to do. I'm not sure if it would be better to just do online courses for history instead of spending so much money on learning what I could do in my spare time. I'm a bit far from choosing my course for uni but I've just been wondering what will make me happy in the future as a job. This is pretty long so all I really wanted to know was which one sounds better in terms of job prospect and fulfilment. And is passion relevant for the job you want in the future?
    Which one sounds more suited for me?
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    Medicine Applicant here:
    Trust me when I say applying for medicine is not easy and you have to be 100% committed the process throughout your life. You first and foremost need to have a love for science - without science, doctors would not be able to diagnose and treat.
    That being said, medicine is not your standard Bio, Chem, Physics type stuff - you’ll be understanding how drugs interact, the pathway of disease in the body, infectious diseases etc - all quite interesting stuff.
    Not to be critical but travelling around the world and helping people with illness is something you can do without being a doctor. Plus, most medical schools require chemistry more than biology, but you have to like both subjects. Also, when you’re training you probably won’t have as much patient variety as you would like and most doctors specialise, so only see a small selection of the diseases they could treat.
    Those are the facts about medicine.
    It sounds like history is more your first love - while job security is important, lots of med students drop out after first year - so you want to be absolutely sure that there is no other vocation you could choose. Plus passion and hard work can take you anywhere, and history does not have to be limited to journalism, law or teaching. You can work as part of expedition teams or in museums, researching new artefacts - that’s what one girl in my school wants to do. There may also be a certain time period of history that takes your fancy the most. Plus your history degree is quite versatile - so you could completely switch paths if you wanted to. I’m sure if you are as passionate as you make out to be, your parents will see where you’re coming from.
    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by HappinessInSide)
    Medicine Applicant here:
    Trust me when I say applying for medicine is not easy and you have to be 100% committed the process throughout your life. You first and foremost need to have a love for science - without science, doctors would not be able to diagnose and treat.
    That being said, medicine is not your standard Bio, Chem, Physics type stuff - you’ll be understanding how drugs interact, the pathway of disease in the body, infectious diseases etc - all quite interesting stuff.
    Not to be critical but travelling around the world and helping people with illness is something you can do without being a doctor. Plus, most medical schools require chemistry more than biology, but you have to like both subjects. Also, when you’re training you probably won’t have as much patient variety as you would like and most doctors specialise, so only see a small selection of the diseases they could treat.
    Those are the facts about medicine.
    It sounds like history is more your first love - while job security is important, lots of med students drop out after first year - so you want to be absolutely sure that there is no other vocation you could choose. Plus passion and hard work can take you anywhere, and history does not have to be limited to journalism, law or teaching. You can work as part of expedition teams or in museums, researching new artefacts - that’s what one girl in my school wants to do. There may also be a certain time period of history that takes your fancy the most. Plus your history degree is quite versatile - so you could completely switch paths if you wanted to. I’m sure if you are as passionate as you make out to be, your parents will see where you’re coming from.
    Hope this helps!
    Thank you very much for replying, this is really helpful. This has given me a better perspective of what I can do in my future. I hope you do well with your ambitions to do medicine!
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    If you still aren't sure. When it comes to writing a PS(you could do a mini practice one now!), try writing both. The one that comes more naturally is probably your passion
 
 
 
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