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I've taken two gap years to consider my options and get a ton of work experience...but honestly, I'm still stuck so it's looking like my third gap year is coming up .

I'm torn at the moment between applying for medicine and pursuing a career as a doctor, or applying for a nurse/paramedic course, and then specialising to become some kind of advanced practitioner, or getting into teaching.

My main interests in are emergency/critical care, resus, etc. I've volunteered on ED and I just absolutely love it.

However, I'm also interested in having a decent work-life balance, as I have other interests I'd like to pursue outside of work. I know this hard to come by in medicine, especially in ED. I want my job to be a job, not a lifestyle. I'm also not sure about the full responsibility that comes with being a consultant.

On the other hand, I'm also looking for job stability, a good salary, and career satisfaction all of which medicine will provide. I'd also like to get involved in the most complex cases, which I'm not sure nursing etc allows. I've always been quite academic, so I feel like I should pursue medicine, but that's not a good enough reason.

Also, I'm going to be almost 22 by the time I start either degree, so my age is a factor as well.

What would you do in my position? Thanks for any advice!
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(Original post by irishviking)
...However, I'm also interested in having a decent work-life balance, as I have other interests I'd like to pursue outside of work. I know this hard to come by in medicine, especially in ED. I want my job to be a job, not a lifestyle. I'm also not sure about the full responsibility that comes with being a consultant.
In the first instance, I wouldn't fixate on a specialty if you wanted to do Medicine.

You will be disappointed when you realise that the majority of the medical curriculum isn't on Emergency Medicine.

On the other hand, I'm also looking for job stability, a good salary, and career satisfaction all of which medicine will provide. I'd also like to get involved in the most complex cases, which I'm not sure nursing etc allows. I've always been quite academic, so I feel like I should pursue medicine, but that's not a good enough reason.
Complex A&E cases? They don't happen very often...

And no, job stability and career satisfaction aren't unique to Medicine - I'm sure nurses don't go voluntarily unemployed and they also find their work satisfying... otherwise they wouldn't still be working!

But in terms of work-life balance, A&E is probably one of the worst... even as a consultant you would still be working pretty unsocial hours.

Also, I'm going to be almost 22 by the time I start either degree, so my age is a factor as well.

What would you do in my position? Thanks for any advice!
Age shouldn't make a difference at all.

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