Changing my mind about becoming a doctor

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For a while now I have always thought I wanted to become a doctor and I told so many of my teachers, friends and family. But I have been thinking about it a lot recently and I am unsure that I actually want to or not. However, I now feel like I have to because all these people I know, know I wanted to- and I feel like if I tell any of them any other dreams it will be like I am giving up on my dreams, that I am not good enough to be one or that the new job I want is worse than being a doctor. Also, even if I wanted to tell them no never mind do not actually want to be a doctor I can't because I hardly see some of them. I also told my college so I feel like I am going to be bombarded with loads of medicine stuff/support. I don't know whether to take it or tell them I actually do not want to do it. PLEASE HELP
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What is your dream. Deep down. Ask yourself that. Do that. It really is that black and white, that simple. Forget about external factors and the outside world and chase what YOU want to do. You don't have any obligation to prove yourself to others or to do what you think they want you to do. It's your dreams and ultimately your long term life, so if you feel you want to do a certain thing, then you don't owe anybody an explanation for that.
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For a while now I have always thought I wanted to become a doctor and I told so many of my teachers, friends and family. But I have been thinking about it a lot recently and I am unsure that I actually want to or not. However, I now feel like I have to because all these people I know, know I wanted to- and I feel like if I tell any of them any other dreams it will be like I am giving up on my dreams, that I am not good enough to be one or that the new job I want is worse than being a doctor. Also, even if I wanted to tell them no never mind do not actually want to be a doctor I can't because I hardly see some of them. I also told my college so I feel like I am going to be bombarded with loads of medicine stuff/support. I don't know whether to take it or tell them I actually do not want to do it. PLEASE HELP
Back at the start of year 12 for me, there were around 40 students who were interested in doing medicine at uni but by year 13 only 9 people actually applied. I think this is common in many schools, and your teachers will have seen many students change their minds about what they want to do each year. So honestly, don't stress about that. If they offer help/support, just politely decline and move on with your day. Your teachers just want to help you get to wherever you want to be, nothing more.

Why have you changed your mind about medicine? Do you have a different career path in mind? (its perfectly okay if you don't though!)
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For a while now I have always thought I wanted to become a doctor and I told so many of my teachers, friends and family. But I have been thinking about it a lot recently and I am unsure that I actually want to or not. However, I now feel like I have to because all these people I know, know I wanted to- and I feel like if I tell any of them any other dreams it will be like I am giving up on my dreams, that I am not good enough to be one or that the new job I want is worse than being a doctor. Also, even if I wanted to tell them no never mind do not actually want to be a doctor I can't because I hardly see some of them. I also told my college so I feel like I am going to be bombarded with loads of medicine stuff/support. I don't know whether to take it or tell them I actually do not want to do it. PLEASE HELP
Hi there,

Hoping I can offer some support here.

It is perfectly normal to change your mind about your career, adults change career all of the time in-fact on average we have 7 different jobs throughout our lifetime.

Your future and happiness is what is important here, if you don't mind me asking what are your other ideas for your future career?

I am sure that your teachers will understand as students change their minds about the direction they would like to take all of the time. I certainly wouldn't advise that you go ahead with it and find yourself unhappy and change career much later in life to do what you wanted to do all along.

Hope to hear back from you soon.

Thanks - Sophie.
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What is your dream. Deep down. Ask yourself that. Do that. It really is that black and white, that simple. Forget about external factors and the outside world and chase what YOU want to do. You don't have any obligation to prove yourself to others or to do what you think they want you to do. It's your dreams and ultimately your long term life, so if you feel you want to do a certain thing, then you don't owe anybody an explanation for that.
Thankyou, very inspiring!
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Back at the start of year 12 for me, there were around 40 students who were interested in doing medicine at uni but by year 13 only 9 people actually applied. I think this is common in many schools, and your teachers will have seen many students change their minds about what they want to do each year. So honestly, don't stress about that. If they offer help/support, just politely decline and move on with your day. Your teachers just want to help you get to wherever you want to be, nothing more.

Why have you changed your mind about medicine? Do you have a different career path in mind? (its perfectly okay if you don't though!)
I just realised that is wasn’t the job for me, I really enjoy science so I was looking into jobs as a scientist where I can still help people- as that is the reason why I wanted to be a doctor, to help.
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Hi there,

Hoping I can offer some support here.

It is perfectly normal to change your mind about your career, adults change career all of the time in-fact on average we have 7 different jobs throughout our lifetime.

Your future and happiness is what is important here, if you don't mind me asking what are your other ideas for your future career?

I am sure that your teachers will understand as students change their minds about the direction they would like to take all of the time. I certainly wouldn't advise that you go ahead with it and find yourself unhappy and change career much later in life to do what you wanted to do all along.

Hope to hear back from you soon.

Thanks - Sophie.
Thankyou Sophie, that’s very reassuring

I really enjoy science so I was looking into jobs like that, also one where I can help people. I have a few in mind (biomedical scientist, forensic scientist or medicinal chemist) but I’m not 100% sure on any of them at the moment.
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