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I don’t know what i want to do and subject choices are coming to a close

I have no idea what I want to do in the future and I have considered almost everything in the past five years and soon I will have no choice but to pick a uni course. But first I need to choose the right school subjects. The careers I am considering:

Dentistry
Law
Engineering (specifically chemical or mechanical)

I want to do something that has relatively good working hours and feels like I’m actually having an impact on the work instead of just being a “cog in the machine” (a good salary would also be a plus).

Does anyone have any advice? (Btw I am Scottish)
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Original post by littleilomilo
I have no idea what I want to do in the future and I have considered almost everything in the past five years and soon I will have no choice but to pick a uni course. But first I need to choose the right school subjects. The careers I am considering:
Dentistry
Law
Engineering (specifically chemical or mechanical)
I want to do something that has relatively good working hours and feels like I’m actually having an impact on the work instead of just being a “cog in the machine” (a good salary would also be a plus).
Does anyone have any advice?

Hello, i think you need to know what you are go at and your skills. It will help you decide the best school subject
Original post by littleilomilo
I have no idea what I want to do in the future and I have considered almost everything in the past five years and soon I will have no choice but to pick a uni course. But first I need to choose the right school subjects. The careers I am considering:
Dentistry
Law
Engineering (specifically chemical or mechanical)
I want to do something that has relatively good working hours and feels like I’m actually having an impact on the work instead of just being a “cog in the machine” (a good salary would also be a plus).
Does anyone have any advice?


Well if you are not sure, pick subjects that facilitate all three. for engineering that's physics and maths, dentistry chemistry or biology or both (you need to check for specific unis) and for law no required subjects but one essay subject at least probably. if you're doing a levels, possibly try to do 4, e.g. chemistry physics maths +an essay, but obviously there are lots of other combos. also make sure you're GOOD at the subjects and you enjoy them
Original post by littleilomilo
I have no idea what I want to do in the future and I have considered almost everything in the past five years and soon I will have no choice but to pick a uni course. But first I need to choose the right school subjects. The careers I am considering:

Dentistry
Law
Engineering (specifically chemical or mechanical)

I want to do something that has relatively good working hours and feels like I’m actually having an impact on the work instead of just being a “cog in the machine” (a good salary would also be a plus).

Does anyone have any advice?

Law doesn't require any specific subjects so that you can potentially go into regardless. Engineering generally would require A-level Physics and A-level Maths. Dentistry generally requires A-level Biology and/or Chemistry, so you'd realistically need to aim to take one or both. You should check the dental school admissions pages to see what their subject requirements are - there aren't that many of them and some may accept chemistry and another science.

Doing maths/physics/chemistry (+/- further maths) would be a perfectly good combination for engineering and may be suitable for some dental courses potentially. It would also be perfectly acceptable for law. You could also see if your school would let you start with 4 and take biology as well, and make a decision in year 12 which subject to drop depending on which direction you choose to go in.

That said I think in an engineering job you'd feel very "cog like" personally. They're generally office based jobs and you're often going to be working on relatively mundane things on average (most engineers are not working in F1 or similar for example...). Although I think law you would find that even more the case since I believe a majority of training contracts are in corporate law. For dentistry I think it depends on a number of factors (e.g. whether you work in someone else's practice or open your own, if you specialise or not, etc).
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Original post by littleilomilo
I have no idea what I want to do in the future and I have considered almost everything in the past five years and soon I will have no choice but to pick a uni course. But first I need to choose the right school subjects. The careers I am considering:
Dentistry
Law
Engineering (specifically chemical or mechanical)
I want to do something that has relatively good working hours and feels like I’m actually having an impact on the work instead of just being a “cog in the machine” (a good salary would also be a plus).
Does anyone have any advice?

Hi there

I am a current law student at Kent. For a law degree, you usually do not need to have specific A level subjects, so I think you can aim to take subjects that will allow you to enter a degree in dentistry or engineering (as they will be acceptable for Law too)! 🙂 Having taken biology, chemistry and maths in A levels, then deciding to study law in University, it is definitely a possible option. If you have any questions about studying any of these subjects I will be happy to answer them. 😀

For law school entry requirements, Universities will tend to look for students with high achieving grades during their A levels. So picking A levels that you are likely to do well in is a good idea. This will also widen the number of Universities that you can get into. (For a law degree, and I imagine for others too, getting into a reputable University will enhance your chances of getting into a good job in the future.)

Hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Original post by littleilomilo
I have no idea what I want to do in the future and I have considered almost everything in the past five years and soon I will have no choice but to pick a uni course. But first I need to choose the right school subjects. The careers I am considering:
Dentistry
Law
Engineering (specifically chemical or mechanical)
I want to do something that has relatively good working hours and feels like I’m actually having an impact on the work instead of just being a “cog in the machine” (a good salary would also be a plus).
Does anyone have any advice?

Hey, honestly, depending on whether you want to do 3 or 4 subjects, as law doesn't have any requirements, you should probably have a baseline of chemistry and maths, seeing as they'd be required for engineering and also dentistry. Additionally, for dentistry, you'd need biology too.
If you then put that together thats Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
A fourth choice which could help is further maths, however, if you'd also like to do a subject which is a humanity, and you want to choose a fourth a-level, I'd say go for psychology or English!!

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