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Hello everyone. I really need your advice what to study. I choose from a field of health sciences. My choices: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, medicine, optometry. I want to study in my country, Lithuania, but after that I am planning to go abroad to work for a bit.

Here are pros and cons:

Occupational therapy - it is possible to work for yourself, open your own office, but low salaries in state institutions and it is difficult to find a job (in my country salary is about 500-600 euros), interesting work, the opportunity to help people.

Physiotherapy - interesting studies, but there are already a lot of specialists, low salaries (about 600-700 euros), maybe not easy physical work.

Nursing is easier and shorter than medicine, but there is no opportunity to work for yourself, the opportunity to help people. But this work is often not clean because that you need to take care of the patient’s personal hygiene.

Medicine - long and hard studies, but pros - shorter working hours, good salaries, there will always be work, an opportunity to help people, clean work.

Optometry is an opportunity to earn a lot, in our country they get 1-1.5k euros, clean job, but we do not have a master's / doctor's degree, and if you study abroad and get a master's or OD degree, the competencies in our country do not expand.

I would like a job where:
I can help people and communicate with them
Where there will be no monotonous work
I also do not like working on a computer
I would like the opportunity to work for myself.
I can do a career

What study program would you recommend to study from health sciences?
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(Original post by Vikutte)
Hello everyone. I really need your advice what to study. I choose from a field of health sciences. My choices: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, medicine, optometry. I want to study in my country, Lithuania, but after that I am planning to go abroad to work for a bit.

Here are pros and cons:

Occupational therapy - it is possible to work for yourself, open your own office, but low salaries in state institutions and it is difficult to find a job (in my country salary is about 500-600 euros), interesting work, the opportunity to help people.

Physiotherapy - interesting studies, but there are already a lot of specialists, low salaries (about 600-700 euros), maybe not easy physical work.

Nursing is easier and shorter than medicine, but there is no opportunity to work for yourself, the opportunity to help people. But this work is often not clean because that you need to take care of the patient’s personal hygiene.

Medicine - long and hard studies, but pros - shorter working hours, good salaries, there will always be work, an opportunity to help people, clean work.

Optometry is an opportunity to earn a lot, in our country they get 1-1.5k euros, clean job, but we do not have a master's / doctor's degree, and if you study abroad and get a master's or OD degree, the competencies in our country do not expand.

I would like a job where:
I can help people and communicate with them
Where there will be no monotonous work
I also do not like working on a computer
I would like the opportunity to work for myself.
I can do a career

What study program would you recommend to study from health sciences?
Hi! I think you’ve selected an amazing group of career paths... no day will be the same with healthcare ☺️ I’m slightly biased as I’m due to start my studies to become a qualified Physiotherapist at University of Liverpool, UK.
I personally would recommend Physio! It’s an incredibly varied through studies and during practice. Very interesting topics covered throughout study, and once graduated and practising you studies will continue through Continued Professional Development sessions (CPD’s in the UK). I’m so excited to start on this career change, helping patients to get the best quality of life through rehabilitation and support 💛
What countries are you thinking of practicing in once you qualify? Maybe this may help you with making your decision, as this is your end goal and where you ultimately where you want to be.
• Compare career pathways in the various countries
• Compare salaries along with work-life balance
• What further sessions/ courses would you have to complete after qualifying to maintain being able to practice your chosen profession
• What lifestyle/ environment do you dream of living in? Maybe a busy city such as London, UK or more of a chilled back lifestyle in Melbourne, AUS
• What environment do you want to work in? A busy hospital setting, an outpatients facility in the community or a private practice/ health care setting

I hope this can help towards making your decision... good luck for the future and I’m sure whatever path you decided it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be heading 🤞🏻
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Hi! I think you’ve selected an amazing group of career paths... no day will be the same with healthcare ☺️ I’m slightly biased as I’m due to start my studies to become a qualified Physiotherapist at University of Liverpool, UK.
I personally would recommend Physio! It’s an incredibly varied through studies and during practice. Very interesting topics covered throughout study, and once graduated and practising you studies will continue through Continued Professional Development sessions (CPD’s in the UK). I’m so excited to start on this career change, helping patients to get the best quality of life through rehabilitation and support 💛
What countries are you thinking of practicing in once you qualify? Maybe this may help you with making your decision, as this is your end goal and where you ultimately where you want to be.
• Compare career pathways in the various countries
• Compare salaries along with work-life balance
• What further sessions/ courses would you have to complete after qualifying to maintain being able to practice your chosen profession
• What lifestyle/ environment do you dream of living in? Maybe a busy city such as London, UK or more of a chilled back lifestyle in Melbourne, AUS
• What environment do you want to work in? A busy hospital setting, an outpatients facility in the community or a private practice/ health care setting

I hope this can help towards making your decision... good luck for the future and I’m sure whatever path you decided it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be heading 🤞🏻
Thank you very much! Yes, physiotherapy seems to me a very interesting field as well. I think in the future I would like to work through several jobs and maybe even acquire two different health care specialties so that the work doesn’t get monotonous. I think if I do not enter into the medical studies
or medical studies would be very difficult for me, I will get two bachelors and two different specialties. I would most like to work on myself and open something of my own. I’m still considering occupational therapy + speech therapy. I think this combination would allow me to open my personal office. But I think I would have problems with speech therapy abroad because correct pronunciation is very important there and I am not very strong in English. I’m also still considering optometry + occupational therapy so I can work both in a public office and then on myself in my office. Or optometry + physiotherapy, but I don’t know how many opportunities there are to work on myself in physiotherapy

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