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Need some advice about future career. Please HELPPP

Hi,
I am currently in Year 10 and just started thinking about my subject choices for A-level or IB. As this is a very important choice, I wanted some advice.
1. I am not sure if I should do A-level or IB.
2. I want to study engineering or computer science as I enjoy coding, but because of AI, I don't know if the job will be stable when I grow up.
3. If not engineering, I would like to study medicine to be a doctor or something like that, but I don't really enjoy biology and chemistry as much as physics and maths.
Ideally, I'd like to give myself broad options that encompass medicine, engineering and computer science.
Please HELP
Reply 1
i definitely recommend maths as a subject because it encompasses all of them

generally want to go for chemistry or physics if you wanna go engineering

biology is generally a need for medicine but its not really necessary for the others so idk if you would want to go it. plus i do biology for a levels and its even more heavy compared to gcse

i'd say to keep your choices open and cause you like them, go maths, physics, computer science?
Original post by RevisionIsFun
Hi,
I am currently in Year 10 and just started thinking about my subject choices for A-level or IB. As this is a very important choice, I wanted some advice.
1. I am not sure if I should do A-level or IB.
2. I want to study engineering or computer science as I enjoy coding, but because of AI, I don't know if the job will be stable when I grow up.
3. If not engineering, I would like to study medicine to be a doctor or something like that, but I don't really enjoy biology and chemistry as much as physics and maths.
Ideally, I'd like to give myself broad options that encompass medicine, engineering and computer science.
Please HELP
IB is more broad and wider range of subjects, A Level is more specific. I’d recommend maths and physics. Further maths may also be necessary depending on your uni.

Since you wanted to do something encompassing medicine engineering and computer science, have you looked into biomedical engineering or natural sciences?
A levels will be more specific towards fields of engineering, if you choose maths physics and any other subject, it will get you into most universities. IB means you may have to study other things like English and a language, but can be good if you enjoy that sort of stuff.

You could do general engineering at uni which covers more engineering topics. I found doing work experience in lots of different fields helped me to see which career I wanted, so maybe over the summer have a look into local companies and see if they take students even for a day/ week?

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/engineering/engineering-beng
Here is the University of Birmingham Engineering and it allows you to have a general study, and then specialise ready for industry.
QUOTE-With the flexibility to explore engineering topics before specialising in your area of interest, you will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape your future. Following a shared first year learning fundamental skills, you will then study in one of our Engineering departments; Civil Engineering, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. You can find out more about the individual branches of engineering that you can choose on their department-level pages:
Have a look at some courses, maybe do some online courses or in person work experience. Follow what you enjoy and you will have more fun at uni and in your career : )

There are also plenty of apprenticeships on offer in engineering. They give you more experience, but are usually more specific to one engineering discipline. Plus you also get paid and don't end up with student debts, and you are able to speak with and connect with professionals and experienced people to guide you on your career.
Good luck
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by Halzone
i definitely recommend maths as a subject because it encompasses all of them
generally want to go for chemistry or physics if you wanna go engineering
biology is generally a need for medicine but its not really necessary for the others so idk if you would want to go it. plus i do biology for a levels and its even more heavy compared to gcse
i'd say to keep your choices open and cause you like them, go maths, physics, computer science?

Tksm for the reply. Do you think I can still get a job related to computer science in the future? AI is pretty good at coding, so it might not be easy. Many experts also say AI will replace jobs that include coding
Original post by kitty15
IB is more broad and wider range of subjects, A Level is more specific. I’d recommend maths and physics. Further maths may also be necessary depending on your uni.
Since you wanted to do something encompassing medicine engineering and computer science, have you looked into biomedical engineering or natural sciences?

Thank you for the reply 🙏. I actually wasn't rly thinking about biomedical engineering. What subjects do you have to do to study biomedical engineering in university? Also, what do you exactly do in biomedical engineering industry?
Original post by spitfire308
A levels will be more specific towards fields of engineering, if you choose maths physics and any other subject, it will get you into most universities. IB means you may have to study other things like English and a language, but can be good if you enjoy that sort of stuff.
You could do general engineering at uni which covers more engineering topics. I found doing work experience in lots of different fields helped me to see which career I wanted, so maybe over the summer have a look into local companies and see if they take students even for a day/ week?
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/engineering/engineering-beng
Here is the University of Birmingham Engineering and it allows you to have a general study, and then specialise ready for industry.
QUOTE-With the flexibility to explore engineering topics before specialising in your area of interest, you will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape your future. Following a shared first year learning fundamental skills, you will then study in one of our Engineering departments; Civil Engineering, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. You can find out more about the individual branches of engineering that you can choose on their department-level pages:
Have a look at some courses, maybe do some online courses or in person work experience. Follow what you enjoy and you will have more fun at uni and in your career : )
There are also plenty of apprenticeships on offer in engineering. They give you more experience, but are usually more specific to one engineering discipline. Plus you also get paid and don't end up with student debts, and you are able to speak with and connect with professionals and experienced people to guide you on your career.
Good luck
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!

Hey, tks for the reply. rly helpful and useful information! just wanted to ask, do you think engineering is going to be a stable job in the future? because of AI, many jobs are being taken, especially jobs related to computer science.
Reply 7
Original post by RevisionIsFun
Tksm for the reply. Do you think I can still get a job related to computer science in the future? AI is pretty good at coding, so it might not be easy. Many experts also say AI will replace jobs that include coding

hey there's still people to code the ai in the end! i do agree that ai will probably replace a lot of jobs but imo coding will probably still be a big industry if not bigger in the future, because in the end its still one of the most fast growing industries out there. if anything its a lot safer than other jobs that might be in trouble like medicine (nhs and all that)
Original post by Halzone
hey there's still people to code the ai in the end! i do agree that ai will probably replace a lot of jobs but imo coding will probably still be a big industry if not bigger in the future, because in the end its still one of the most fast growing industries out there. if anything its a lot safer than other jobs that might be in trouble like medicine (nhs and all that)

Tks. u think medicine isn't going to be a safe job? why? just want your opinion
Reply 9
Original post by RevisionIsFun
Tks. u think medicine isn't going to be a safe job? why? just want your opinion

not necessarily i get that it is a safe job and is a really good career

i just want to say that its very hard for what you get and that the political climate around it is kind of heated right now
As much as AI can do there is still the need for skilled engineers. There is a huge shortage of engineers in the aerospace and engineering sector, and will forever be the needs for designing and creativity from engineering solutions - something the AI probably will not replace in the next 10 years. It's probably the people who make and test AI who will be needed most to ensure the safe and secure use of AI globally, so a good market to be in.
Original post by spitfire308
As much as AI can do there is still the need for skilled engineers. There is a huge shortage of engineers in the aerospace and engineering sector, and will forever be the needs for designing and creativity from engineering solutions - something the AI probably will not replace in the next 10 years. It's probably the people who make and test AI who will be needed most to ensure the safe and secure use of AI globally, so a good market to be in.

Tks

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