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    Should I do medicine? Or maybe veterinary sciences? Here is the detailed report and please leave a comment below on your viewpoint!


    INFLUENCE
    I have been an art and academic scholar all my life and I am surrounded by those working towards or in STEM based jobs (Science Tech Engineering and Maths). My mum has a PhD in Electrochemistry alongside her two siblings who also have got PhDs in Science at Imperial College London. Two of my cousins are currently attending Imperial College London now. My grandma was a maths professor at Seoul University, and my grandpa is an engineer for the distillation plants in the Emirates. My dad owns an IT company.

    My close friends all want to be medics at UCL. We often go to the butchers and dissect leftover parts such as hooves, heads, or hearts. We practice sutures and other techniques.


    A Levels Predicted Grades EW:
    Chemistry - A
    Geography - A*
    Biology - A
    Maths - B


    GCSEs
    Mathematics - A
    Biology - A* (97%)
    Chemistry - A
    Physics - A* (92%)
    English Language - 9 (94%)
    Enlglish Literature - 8
    Spanish - A
    History - A* (96%)
    Geography - A
    Classical Civiliastions - A*
    ICT - B
    Art - A*



    WHAT I ENJOY + INTERESTS
    What I really enjoy is art. I suppose I do have 'the eagle's eye' for accuracy and 'unlimited' creativity as commented by all. I usually do classic pencil cross hatching works, as well as coloured pencil pieces.

    Classical Music, Fine Art, Ancient History (Assyria), Classical Civilisations, Egyptology,Toxicology, Botany, Ecology, {Animal Behaviour}, Taxidermy, Forensic Science, {Dissections}, Good books.


    PERSONA + MINDSET
    I am a little eccentric and often discuss random ideas and the potential of things rather then current utility so I am a dreamer. I suppose all art people are a little crazy after all... Personality Test shows that I am an INTPT - The Logician and is the correct, accurate interpretation.

    As a person I'm VERY caring. At first I'm cold and insensitive and it takes a long time to open up if I feel that I can't relate to someone. I am direct when I need to be but can upset people with sharp words. I handle stress well and am generally laid back with my studies.

    I am extremely lazy and will only work when I really have to e.g.: Cramming the night before exams. I basically winged my GCSEs.

    I have social anxiety and stage fright probably from being bullied at school when I was younger. I am an extrovert around the select 3 friends and to others I'm mainly introverted. I have suffered from a series of depression after GCSEs have impaired my objective judgement, but has widened my expanse of understanding different views. As you can see I'm usually the optimist.


    POTENTIAL
    Aptitude tests from year 7 shows that my IQ was 125 at 12 years old. My Futurewise profile says that the jobs suiting my mentality, ability, and personality are Forensic Science, Paramedic, Cardiac Surgeon, or an Art Therapist. It also says that I have impaired working memory and an inability to follow commands from superiors.

    According to my UKCAT mocks I have pretty bad situational judgement...
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    PERSONA + MINDSET...
    This is ok.

    As a person I'm VERY caring. At first I'm cold and insensitive and it takes a long time to open up if I feel that I can't relate to someone. I am direct when I need to be but can upset people with sharp words. I handle stress well and am generally laid back with my studies.
    Your sharp words can be worked on...

    I am extremely lazy and will only work when I really have to e.g.: Cramming the night before exams. I basically winged my GCSEs.
    This is not the ideal studying method. You may be able to get through med school being lazy if you are clever, but you won't have a chance in those post-grad exams.

    I have social anxiety and stage fright probably from being bullied at school when I was younger. I am an extrovert around the select 3 friends and to others I'm mainly introverted. I have suffered from a series of depression after GCSEs have impaired my objective judgement, but has widened my expanse of understanding different views. As you can see I'm usually the optimist.
    That's fine.

    ...It also says that I have impaired working memory and an inability to follow commands from superiors.

    According to my UKCAT mocks I have pretty bad situational judgement...
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    (Original post by 19leesj)
    Should I do medicine? Or maybe veterinary sciences? Here is the detailed report and please leave a comment below on your viewpoint!


    INFLUENCE
    I have been an art and academic scholar all my life and I am surrounded by those working towards or in STEM based jobs (Science Tech Engineering and Maths). My mum has a PhD in Electrochemistry alongside her two siblings who also have got PhDs in Science at Imperial College London. My grandma was a maths professor at Seoul University, and my grandpa is an engineer for the distillation plants in the Emirates. My dad owns an IT company.


    A Levels Predicted Grades EW:
    Chemistry - A
    Geography - A*
    Biology - A
    Maths - B

    GCSEs- 5A*s, 5As, B.


    WHAT I ENJOY
    What I really enjoy is art. I suppose I do have 'the eagle's eye' for accuracy and 'unlimited' creativity as commented by all. I usually do classic pencil cross hatching works, as well as coloured pencil pieces.

    INTERESTS
    Classical Music, Fine Art, Ancient History (Assyria), Classical Civilisations, Egyptology,Toxicology, Botany, Ecology, {Animal Behaviour}, Taxidermy, Forensic Science, {Dissections}, Good books.


    PERSONA + MINDSET
    I am a little eccentric and often discuss random ideas and the potential of things rather then current utility so I am a dreamer. I suppose all art people are a little crazy after all... Personality Test shows that I am an INTPT - The Logician and is the correct, accurate interpretation.

    As a person I'm VERY caring. At first I'm cold and insensitive and it takes a long time to open up if I feel that I can't relate to someone. I am direct when I need to be but can upset people with sharp words. I handle stress well and am generally laid back with my studies.

    I am extremely lazy and will only work when I really have to e.g.: Cramming the night before exams. I basically winged my GCSEs.

    I have social anxiety and stage fright probably from being bullied at school when I was younger. I am an extrovert around the select 3 friends and to others I'm mainly introverted. I have suffered from a series of depression after GCSEs have impaired my objective judgement, but has widened my expanse of understanding different views. As you can see I'm usually the optimist.


    POTENTIAL
    Aptitude tests from year 7 shows that my IQ was 125 at 12 years old. My Futurewise profile says that the jobs suiting my mentality, ability, and personality are Forensic Science, Paramedic, Cardiac Surgeon, or an Art Therapist. It also says that I have impaired working memory and an inability to follow commands from superiors.

    According to my UKCAT mocks I have pretty bad situational judgement...
    The first thing I note is that nowhere in your description did you mention love of animals or wanting to work with people. The harsh reality is that as a doctor you need to get along with everyone and you might not have time to create relaxed relationships so you need to be able to be sensitive with patients as soon as you meet them.
    However, at A-level I was also very shy, and only during my time at university have I come out of my shell. Something which really helped me to do that was having a part time job behind a bar whilst studying. Is there any chance you could get a customer service part time job now to test your people skills? Something as simple as volunteering at a charity shop will let you meet different people and you will be able to judge how comfortable you are interacting with them.

    As for the animals point; people tend to choose veterinary sciences because of their love for animals. Doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right, just an observation.

    You say your passion is art; think about how you could perhaps link that with your skills? For example I also have a passion for science and at college I loved doing nail art, and also chemistry. So I did a project linking the two, and decided to study cosmetic science at university. I’m definitely glad I chose this path!

    You sound like you’d be a great candidate for something like architecture, but whether this satisfies your want for science or not you need to decide. Do you admire buildings?

    Also I’d suggest not to take suggestions from quizzes too literally; one of my top results has always been a librarian and I couldn’t think of a less suitable job for me!

    I hope that helped a bit, good luck whatever you decide on
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    OP get work experience in both veterinary science and medicine. Then use that to decide. Your academics are fine for either. Improve your situational judgement and resit the UKCAT next year
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    Thank you for your reply!

    For work experience, do you think working at a library will help? Or maybe volunteering at a charity shop? I have purposely avioded people- orientated experiences.

    I am very nervous and shy around people I meet for the first time and perhaps therefore may be awkward as a doctor.

    On the other hand, I have kept pets all my life including 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 4 gerbils, 6 rabbits, 3 hamsters, 2 mice and goldfish. I love animals and I would like to show my dogs I get when I'm older so perhaps veterinary?

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    The first thing I note is that nowhere in your description did you mention love of animals or wanting to work with people. The harsh reality is that as a doctor you need to get along with everyone and you might not have time to create relaxed relationships so you need to be able to be sensitive with patients as soon as you meet them.
    However, at A-level I was also very shy, and only during my time at university have I come out of my shell. Something which really helped me to do that was having a part time job behind a bar whilst studying. Is there any chance you could get a customer service part time job now to test your people skills? Something as simple as volunteering at a charity shop will let you meet different people and you will be able to judge how comfortable you are interacting with them.

    As for the animals point; people tend to choose veterinary sciences because of their love for animals. Doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right, just an observation.

    You say your passion is art; think about how you could perhaps link that with your skills? For example I also have a passion for science and at college I loved doing nail art, and also chemistry. So I did a project linking the two, and decided to study cosmetic science at university. I’m definitely glad I chose this path!

    You sound like you’d be a great candidate for something like architecture, but whether this satisfies your want for science or not you need to decide. Do you admire buildings?

    Also I’d suggest not to take suggestions from quizzes too literally; one of my top results has always been a librarian and I couldn’t think of a less suitable job for me!

    I hope that helped a bit, good luck whatever you decide on
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    Thank you so much for your reply! I really appreicate your help!


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    This is ok.



    Your sharp words can be worked on...



    This is not the ideal studying method. You may be able to get through med school being lazy if you are clever, but you won't have a chance in those post-grad exams.



    That's fine.



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    (Original post by 19leesj)
    Thank you for your reply!

    For work experience, do you think working at a library will help? Or maybe volunteering at a charity shop? I have purposely avioded people- orientated experiences.

    I am very nervous and shy around people I meet for the first time and perhaps therefore may be awkward as a doctor.

    On the other hand, I have kept pets all my life including 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 4 gerbils, 6 rabbits, 3 hamsters, 2 mice and goldfish. I love animals and I would like to show my dogs I get when I'm older so perhaps veterinary?
    Ok now you’ve added the love of animals that sounds like a more successful path to me!
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    From what you’ve written, it doesn’t appear that you have an immense longing for medicine. Coming from a scientific family or being academically clever, in my opinion, won’t necessarily make you a great doctor. It may mean you excel in exams, but medicine is just so multifaceted that it requires more than that.

    (Original post by 19leesj)

    What I really enjoy is art.
    I can’t say this will happen to you, but whilst I was studying, I left all my hobbies on the side, which was an error on my part. I focused fully on medicine. But if art is what really drives you and inspires you that might be what you should focus on. Granted being an artist doesn’t mean a steady regular income like a doctor. But trust me, after having done nearly 2 years as a doctor I’m realising that I may have traded happiness for security.


    You’re going to have to follow commands, that’s a given.


    I don’t know much about vertinary medicine


    The only way you can really know, I guess is experience. Which can sometimes be difficult to come by. What I suggest you do is:
    - reach out to vets or medics (i did this to get experience) (try linkedin, google doctors vets at local hospital, contact each of them, some may have a trust email)
    - meet with them, ask questions
    - attend events, if there are any near you, contact organisers and tell them you're a student for a discount
    - offer to work in a veterinary practice for free over a holiday period (might help you get your foot in the door)

    if you really want to do it (medicine or vetinary medicine), i wouldn't worry too much about shyness etc, because you can improve on this, whilst you study. Good luck.
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    I have purposely avioded people- orientated experiences.
    This rings alarm bells medicine wise for me. Veterinary medicine sounds better, but again, you'll have to deal with owners. It wouldn't just be about animals, unless maybe you went into wildlife and not pets?
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    (Original post by 19leesj)
    Thank you for your reply!

    For work experience, do you think working at a library will help? Or maybe volunteering at a charity shop? I have purposely avioded people- orientated experiences.

    I am very nervous and shy around people I meet for the first time and perhaps therefore may be awkward as a doctor.

    On the other hand, I have kept pets all my life including 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 4 gerbils, 6 rabbits, 3 hamsters, 2 mice and goldfish. I love animals and I would like to show my dogs I get when I'm older so perhaps veterinary?
    For work experience, they mean work experience relevant to medicine or vet med - working in a "caring" role or similar, such as volunteering/working at a care home, with homeless/disadvantaged people, etc - or for vet med, at a farm or similar. As people have noted, medicine is necessarily people oriented, and if you find it difficult or uncomfortable to spend a great deal of time with people - specifically, in more socially intensive, one to one settings and discussing difficult matters and empathising with people, this may not be an advisable route. As above, for vet med it's a somewhat more varied - you'll need to talk to people and at times be empathetic and understanding of anxiety and frustration of owners, but depending on your practice area this may be less of the work you do (for example working primarily with livestock and farmers vs small animals and their owners who often are very emotionally invested and hence charged in matters relating to the pets they often consider family).

    Of course shyness is not necessarily a permanent state even in of itself, and even where it is somehow a fundamental aspect of yourself, it's not insurmountable as far as becoming a physician or surgeon (although I suspect the former would be more likely in this case) is concerned. However you do need to put in effort to working around this - more than your colleagues for whom such socialisation comes more naturally. At the very least, you need to be putting yourself into these social situations which you find difficult and navigating them - it may well be with practice comes better results. If you find it causes you undue anxiety you may wish to see a counsellor or speak with your GP about it - there are various things you could discuss to help with this, such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

    Working in a library or volunteering in a charity shop may be worth doing generally but they will expect some relevant work experience (and for vet med, usually specifically experience of working with large animals such as livestock, although this may vary between courses - I'm not as familiar with vet med generally). I'd note you don't need to be a vet to compete in dog shows and so on...

    Overall I'd suggest maybe consider the vet route more, as you seem to be more invested in animals in general and you have a fair range of experience with small animals beyond the usual cats and dogs. I'd recommend seeing if you can do some work on a farm or stables nearby or something - specifically working with the animals/livestock. Don't absolutely discount medicine, and try putting yourself in more social situations and see how it goes, but vet med seems it might be a better fit so far - so see how you get on with some experience with large animals, and see how your "social experiments" go and if that goes well and you feel more confident with other people maybe consider doing some work with "diseased/disabled/disadvantaged" people (i.e. elderly, sick, disabled in varying frames and failing that maybe homeless shelters or something).
 
 
 
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