I like Biology but I'd hate to do medicine, suprising even my parents weren't too keen on it. Ummm am I or they even Indians.....!!! I liked chemistry too but thought it'd be too hard for me as AS/A-level. The problem is theres alot of snobbery from asian parents. Like my mate is indian and doing physcology and philosophy and he was even saying IF he were to get arranged into a marriage parents would think, "oh dear, what went wrong with him" and we found it quite distressing because some students are pressurised into doing degrees just because they hold a higher respect and prestige over others. It shouldn't be about degrees which make you the money but doing what your truly goodat and what you want to do.
i member i saw a programme on asians a few months ago, and they said when an asian gets to say "my son/daughters a doctor" its like they have a halo. im lucky, i come from a trading caste, and my family want me to help run the business so they told me to take economics so i did. i remember the day i spoke to my family about what AS levels to do, they said do eco maths and another 2 of ur choice. My mum then goes to me do 2 sciences then if you want you dont have to work for the family, u can do medicice! i was just spoilt for choices!
in my school which was 99% asian they all went into either medecine clinical scien pharmacy or business studies. (they nearly all went to bradfrod uni). im doing physics in wales tho. but i m only half asian.
The problem as I see it is that Asian parents first see the success of their children as that of them as parents. So medicine = their success and sociology = their failure. Also they see their children as their pension fund. So a doctor = a comfortable retirement and a social worker =just the state pension.
So if you took away this social responsibility of the family and parents tagged onto each kid then less asians will end up in medicine.
I'm asian and boring = biology and wanting to do medicine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!1
Yup its about time asian parents found out that medicine isnt the only worthy science. The only subject the brighter Asians are doing are:
Economics related, Law, Medicine or medicine related, Engineering. And about 90% asians in my college fit into one of those.
I myself wanted to do physics, since its my favourite science. But then I had to think about the future and I realy couldnt see myself sitting behind a desk for 9 hours at a bank , and neither could I see myself amongst the academic geeks at CERN or another research lab.
What are you applying for wickedsingh?
To be fair, medicine is one of the only medical related degree that guarantees security (bar dentistry, vet med and pharmacy).
Say if you did a degree in biomed or even a pure science you wouldn’t get an as good job as you get if you medicine unless you got a 1st for a top 5 Univ, and did a PhD, which in most cases is harder than just doing the 5year medicine route.
I think medicine in probably the easiest way for an Asian to become a high flyer.
You will hit the glass ceiling early on in your career as a barrister or a solicitor, because unfortunately, at the top, it is a white male dominated area. Unless you have some good contacts, you really haven’t got a chance.
Economics can lead to a good job in say investment banking or accounting, but competition is immense, and the chances of success are very slim, unless you are exceptional.
Whereas most areas of medicine are not that competitive, which is why so many Asians are at the top of their field.
To be honest the asians at my six form centre are only interested in 'Business studies' and womanising, rather than studying for medicine.