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I know that i like all the sciences but I'm not sure what career to go now, i wanted to go medicine, but ik that i will be in loads of debt but i do also get a lifelong learning which i want.I just want a job that has freedom, lots of wage and lifelong learning in the sciences.
Original post by Gensis
I know that i like all the sciences but I'm not sure what career to go now, i wanted to go medicine, but ik that i will be in loads of debt but i do also get a lifelong learning which i want.I just want a job that has freedom, lots of wage and lifelong learning in the sciences.


Medical Research Associate sounds like the job for you. You learn as you make medical discoveries / research medical conditions in depth and it has a decent wage - up where I live, it's around £34-40K a year which is considered on the higher end up here - it's pretty flexible too, it's still 40 hours a week but you just need to make sure your weekly hours add up to 40 so it's not strictly 9-5.

You can get into this job through a biomedical science degree, a medicine degree, biology degree, etc.
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Original post by Gensis
I know that i like all the sciences but I'm not sure what career to go now, i wanted to go medicine, but ik that i will be in loads of debt but i do also get a lifelong learning which i want.I just want a job that has freedom, lots of wage and lifelong learning in the sciences.

TL;DR - Consider Biomedical Science

Don't worry about the debt! Forget about it for now :smile: Also, there's so much more than just medicine!
I'll try to talk to you about how I linked up finding out what I wanted to do

Right so, there's degree's in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Zoology, Biomedical Science (Biomedicine is generally the same), Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Optometry, Ecology, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography and so much more.
These are just some of the degree's I could think of from the top of my head from the ones I came across when trying to find out which degree I wanted to do (I hate physics so there might be a lot of common options for physics I haven't mentioned here because I stayed clear of them aha, sorry)

1. First find out which science you are most interested in
Physics, Biology or Chemistry?
-This might help you top rule out degree's straight away. I hated Physics so I could instantly rule out Optometry, Physics and Radiography

2. Make a list of degree's in science like I have done. It may be worth looking on some university websites for some more just in case there's one that I haven't mentioned that peaks your interest seen as I never focused on researching degree's that focus on physics. Then, cross off anything that you absolutely aren't interested in :smile: If you are unsure of what a degree is do not cross it off just yet!
-This helped me to eliminate Veterinary Science, Zoology, Ecology, Midwifery, Nursing and Physiotherapy

This left me with Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biological Science, Neuroscience

3. Do you want to work with patients directly or more so behind the scenes where you help them but don't meet them?
Patient-based Degree's = Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Behind the scenes = Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Chemistry and Pharmacology
I'm not sure which to classify Biology, Biological Science and Neuroscience in as I did not do much research into them
Note* This is just a rough guide but generally this is how I classified the degree's

I would definitely advice you to try an open day as well because when I went to one I instantly knew that Medicine and Dentistry were not for me.
I'm not interested in patient-based degree's which then eliminated Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy

4. What are your feelings about earning about plants?
-For me this was a strict no which eliminated Biology and Biological Science

5. Do research on what you have left and please go to open days I found out that Chemistry and Pharmacology were also not for me by going to them

Now I was left with Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics and Neuroscience to research
Something to note! Biomedical Science actually covers content in all of the other areas so I picked that since it was more broad and gives me time to think about what I want to specialise in for my masters. The reason I'm not picking the other degrees is because they too specific and I'm not sure which field I want to work in as of yet so I don't want to limit by options :smile:

This was just my personal way of figuring out what I want to apply for. I hope this helps you in some way.

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