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Computer Science or Medicine? Career Choice Crisis

I'm a year 10 so choosing my career is pretty distant but I've managed to identify my top 2 passions of Computer science and medicine. They're both so different but I'm so stuck on what to pursue. On one hand, saving lives and science have always been a want for me, but then the other, I'm so intrigued and fascinated by technology and maths has always came like 2nd nature to me. Also I've heard the not great pay that comes into medicine [not saying I'm doing it for the money but I'd like a manageable wage] and then others say its very competitve for CS. Does anyone have any recommendations or are there anyone in this same position?

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Original post by UndecisiveBoy
I'm a year 10 so choosing my career is pretty distant but I've managed to identify my top 2 passions of Computer science and medicine. They're both so different but I'm so stuck on what to pursue. On one hand, saving lives and science have always been a want for me, but then the other, I'm so intrigued and fascinated by technology and maths has always came like 2nd nature to me. Also I've heard the not great pay that comes into medicine [not saying I'm doing it for the money but I'd like a manageable wage] and then others say its very competitve for CS. Does anyone have any recommendations or are there anyone in this same position?

a standard UK consultant in the NHS earns £93-£126,000 a year, basic before anything else.

Ive no idea what a computer scientist earns as it seems a vague title and could mean a vast range of things. I imagine theres bags of money in the right places, if you can stay at the top/elite.

They are different jobs though unless your USP becomes the combination, god knows the UK NHS electronic systems are dreadful on the whole
I always just thought of becoming a consultant as a really lengthy process, to the point where pay won't be worth it [although perhaps the prospect of helping people will]. Whereas, computer science is a much shorter degree and more on the job promotions, to get to the top.
Original post by UndecisiveBoy
I always just thought of becoming a consultant as a really lengthy process, to the point where pay won't be worth it [although perhaps the prospect of helping people will]. Whereas, computer science is a much shorter degree and more on the job promotions, to get to the top.

Does computer science have a specific training protocol to get to the top?
Original post by wanga_wanga
Does computer science have a specific training protocol to get to the top?

dont think so, just work performance p sure
The choice is yours.
Original post by wanga_wanga
The choice is yours.

difficult choice tho 😅
Original post by UndecisiveBoy
I'm a year 10 so choosing my career is pretty distant but I've managed to identify my top 2 passions of Computer science and medicine. They're both so different but I'm so stuck on what to pursue. On one hand, saving lives and science have always been a want for me, but then the other, I'm so intrigued and fascinated by technology and maths has always came like 2nd nature to me. Also I've heard the not great pay that comes into medicine [not saying I'm doing it for the money but I'd like a manageable wage] and then others say its very competitve for CS. Does anyone have any recommendations or are there anyone in this same position?

Medicine can be a brilliant field to work in, but you have to be in it for the right priorities. If the sole priority is fundamentally to make money then best to do computer science as you make a lot more

If you truly want to help people then med is better

I would suggest some free online work experience for med like medic mentor to see how you feel about it.
Original post by alevels21
Medicine can be a brilliant field to work in, but you have to be in it for the right priorities. If the sole priority is fundamentally to make money then best to do computer science as you make a lot more
If you truly want to help people then med is better
I would suggest some free online work experience for med like medic mentor to see how you feel about it.

Yeah I've started the medic mentor work experience, and I'm currently midway through my first 'section'. It's pretty interesting ngl, I've always worried that doing CS would mean I'd be stuck in front of a screen for a very long time every day.
Original post by UndecisiveBoy
difficult choice tho 😅

Without sounding condescending, you do have a good amount of time
I'm in the same situation but thinking to go into medicine more likely than computer science for the same reason as being stuck in front of a laptop all day
You'll figure it out once you go to college
Original post by wanga_wanga
Without sounding condescending, you do have a good amount of time

yeah i do, i just felt like if i knew earlier, i could dedicate my time into doing competitions, extra stuff, work experience for that specific field, giving me a better chance.
Original post by hchy-guy
I'm in the same situation but thinking to go into medicine more likely than computer science for the same reason as being stuck in front of a laptop all day

same lol, difficult choice. but then i don't want to sit on a laptop all day, maybe medicine is best, but its a very tiring career.
Original post by sophieee789
You'll figure it out once you go to college

hopefully i will and its not a random guess because i have to apply for uni.
Original post by UndecisiveBoy
yeah i do, i just felt like if i knew earlier, i could dedicate my time into doing competitions, extra stuff, work experience for that specific field, giving me a better chance.

well. decide then....
I think medicine will be worth it in the end as AI exists and will get better to the extent it might end up taking over developer's jobs in the tech industry
Original post by wanga_wanga
well. decide then....

that's what i'm getting advice for lol
Original post by hchy-guy
I think medicine will be worth it in the end as AI exists and will get better to the extent it might end up taking over developer's jobs in the tech industry

true to be honest, but i've always looked down at the harsh field of working at medicine, long degree and low pay. i get i shouldn't do it for the money, but as much as i love helping people, surely in the future, money is getting more important. and don't we always need someone to create/manage that ai?
I mean, you could always go down the private route for working (not working in the NHS but another organisation)
Also, by the time you get to the age where you are looking for jobs, AI will be at the stage of self-sufficiency but will only need the odd person managing the servers, but just looking at many tech jobs already being laid off by huge companies

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