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I’m in year 10. Can someone discuss the pros, cons and salaries of both jobs. Thanks
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I’m in year 10. Can someone discuss the pros, cons and salaries of both jobs. Thanks
They are obviously very different careers. Have you done your own research? What are your ideas?

You're more likely to get useful answers if you tell us what you know and keeping it specific rather than asking "tell me everything you know guys" - otherwise you're just going to end up with lots of vague personal opinions, which isn't what you're looking for I'm assuming.
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They are obviously very different careers. Have you done your own research? What are your ideas?

You're more likely to get useful answers if you tell us what you know and keeping it specific rather than asking "tell me everything you know guys" - otherwise you're just going to end up with lots of vague personal opinions, which isn't what you're looking for I'm assuming.
I have but I just want to know what ppl think
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Errrrr.... what do you think? Why can't you decide?
Have you done any work experience? Even if someone came up with a "theoretical" pros and cons list, it might not work for you (eg I could say that a con of medicine is antisocial hours, but maybe you don't mind that so much).
What people think is obviously going to be personal to them. I never considered law and am happy so far with medicine, but we're different people
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I’m in year 10. Can someone discuss the pros, cons and salaries of both jobs. Thanks
Try to list down what topics you generally find interesting, what subject could you talk passionately about for hours on end, which field excites you. This is what will build your career by motivating you to be the best no matter what you do.

IMO, medicine is not a career you should think about earning money in. Idk about law, but in medicine, pros are probably getting to help people directly, a highly respectable profession in the developed world, gaining a deeper and beautiful perspective in life due to the experiences you will undergo, being a part of a career that involves lifelong learning. If you love aspects of biology, chemistry, psychology, and want to work to make a difference in someone's life, this would be a good career. I strongly recommend getting work experience in this field (after covid has passed, probably) before deciding if it's for you.

Cons would be its a long commitment, with years and years of education, competition is fierce, you may have to deal with ethically and morally complicated issues every day, salaries in general across the globe are low compared to the grueling hours and effort you have to put in, atleast at junior levels, high risk of burnout (though that applies to any job that you don't like), it's generally considered a profession where you have very less time to spend with family, you will spend a major chunk of your 20s studying and writing exams while others your age are leading a more relaxed life. You should consider it only if you cannot possibly imagine yourself happy in any other field.

These pros and cons are very narrow and may not be applicable to you at all. Please do talk to parents teachers counselors and other well wishers to give their input based on their knowledge of you, but your thoughts and opinions should have main priority. You must have an idea of what sort of career and life you want in the future, see which of your options align to that. TSR also has some great resources to learn more about choosing a course and career, as well as applying to uni.

You have time, explore your interests and strengths. I'm sure there is a course out there that fits your skills and interests.
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Errrrr.... what do you think? Why can't you decide?
Have you done any work experience? Even if someone came up with a "theoretical" pros and cons list, it might not work for you (eg I could say that a con of medicine is antisocial hours, but maybe you don't mind that so much).
What people think is obviously going to be personal to them. I never considered law and am happy so far with medicine, but we're different people
We were supposed to do work experience this year but it got cancelled 😭
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https://www.prospects.ac.uk/
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We were supposed to do work experience this year but it got cancelled 😭
Have you looked into the virtual work experience avaliable? https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...f-covid-19.pdf, https://www.thelawyerportal.com/free...-law-students/ You could also look into volunteering and/or mentorship schemes, for medicine there's tips here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...1#post92192280
Plus, you're in Y10, hopefully by this time next year things might be picking up! You don't need to make any decisions for a while (and you can do Law with any A levels anyway)
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Have you looked into the virtual work experience avaliable? https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...f-covid-19.pdf, https://www.thelawyerportal.com/free...-law-students/ You could also look into volunteering and/or mentorship schemes, for medicine there's tips here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...1#post92192280
Plus, you're in Y10, hopefully by this time next year things might be picking up! You don't need to make any decisions for a while (and you can do Law with any A levels anyway)
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