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Hfsassy
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So, I'm really stuck between medicine (orthopaedic surgery) and dentistry and law and basically everything in between.

Getting into medicine has been a lifelong DREAM of mine and for the past 3 years I've been fixated on orthopaedic surgery; not only does it have a high pay but I find it pretty interesting too.
The problem lies in the fact that it's almost 13 years to become a consultant surgeon and I have a lot of interests, that, if I choose to go down the orthopod path, I'll have no time for (so politics, writing , debating, e.t.c). Basically having a work-life balance ... and surgeons don't tend to have very balanced social lives lol- WHICH I was fine until my parents pointed out the fact that its ridiculously difficult to be a mother and a surgeon (and a politician or writer) - doable , yes, but very hard. And I personally, due to both my parents working very hard and so never really being at home much, don't want to be too busy for my kids' lives. Despite this I still want to do surgery (it may also be my obsession with the fact that there aren't many female, POC orthopods and I seem to gravitate towards challenging and less-travelled- paths) .

My father told me about dentistry, and, whilst I like the hours and the pay (the pay is also a large part of my motivation to do surgery (not all of it! I'm not going into medicine just for the money )) I just don't know if I'll like sitting there, day in day out, looking at teeth. And whilst I HATE admitting this as I know it's not really true and shouldn't matter AT ALL, I feel like dentistry is BTEC med/doesn't have the same rep as a surgeon (please don't hate me, I'm being very honest bc I really want someone to help me as both my parents seem to have given up on me :_) )

If I do do dentistry, I feel like I'll specialise to do orthodontistry or maxillofacial surgery (now this is like 18 years due to getting 2 degrees and the hours are eh, similar problem as surgery).
Another plus side to dentistry is that, due to my hours, I can find time to be with my family and also be able to continue working on my scripts/poetry and may even be able to have a political career. And maybe, just maybe, may be able to go back to uni and study something else that I absolutely love (yes I like a lot of things; you see what the problem is?): Psychology or even classics. I was determined to become a clinical psychologist until my dad pointed out that I wasn't *really* that mentally strong and its not really the best career for me.

There is alsoooooo law or politics, which have always fascinated me, and tbh, many people (teachers mostly) see me more of a lawyer or UN ambassador than a surgeon. This may just be due to the fact that I took mostly very humanity based subjects at GCSE (RS, French, Latin and CS) and did a bit better at the languages and arts side (mostly 9s and 8s) than sciences (8s and 7s, no 9 unfortunately). However I feel like my A-levels might put me at a disadvantage (Bio, Chem, English Lang/lit and maths AS) especially if I apply to study Law somewhere like Oxford. Also, could I apply for PPE at Oxford with these A-levels or no?
I also sincerely considered these before realising that I'm not really sure what I could do and law is hella oversubscribed and I feel like my chances at succeeding in law and earning a high salary are less definite than a high salary in med/dentistry.

Idk man, due to my fricking fixation on surgery, now, any other career (including law lol) doesn't seem to compare to it, even though I know I may not enjoy medicine that much and *might* be better at law. Idk, a bit of a feeling and its probably wrong.

So to conclude this mess of an essay, if anyone has any tips on how to decide, potential careers and insight into these fields, please. Do. Share.
Especially regarding any careers in med (or any *science related degree; I've heard of natural science but idk what that is) that you think might solve my dilemma.
Also if you could give me any tips to convince my parents to let me do law, in the chance I decide to (sort of?) follow my more arts-based **interests and pursue a career in law (and should I change my A-levels? might be too late for that).

*I am absolutely in love with genetics and mutations but the problem with a career in that is that they are all lab based and I'm not too sure if I want to be cooped up in a lab all day. Then again, I haven't really researched too much about them, so apologies if I sound ignorant it isn't my intention. And if a lab job is the answer to all my problems then by all means I will go for it

**at this point in time, due to my A-level choices, idek what my interests are. I have a strong affinity for philosophy, debating and english but at the same time I reallllly like biology and somehow chemistry hasn't made me want to commit. Rn I have a love hate relationship with maths and have considered dropping it in favour for Economics, Psychology or Politics (probs economics). But I want to keep the finance door open for me, so maths it is :/

Once again, thanks for listening to my ted talk and pleaseeeee help!
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Try get some work experience
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(Original post by Abz231)
Try get some work experience
Thread's a month old, but I agree with this. Spending a week in an office shadowing someone tends to be enough to put even the best people off doing law.
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