• Question: If you were at school again would you still go into the medical profession, knowing now what it fully entails?

    Asked by Tash to Chris, Emma, Jonathan, Katharine, Shehla, Simon on 13 Jun 2017.
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      Jonathan Harte answered on 13 Jun 2017:

      I definitely would.
      I still think its the best job in the world.
      What I might consider doing is a 3 yr normal science degree first though then a post graduate Medical Course which is 4 yr long. I was still quite immature first couple of years of med school. so doing a pre-med degree could help get through that.

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      Emma Rowe answered on 13 Jun 2017:

      Definitely. I didn’t apply for my nursing course until I was 21 so it took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do. I never considered being a nurse as a teenager. I don’t think there’s any shame in not knowing what you want to do and waiting until you fully know. When I was at school, there was a lot of pressure to go to university and get a degree, now out of my group of school friends, only 2 of us actually use our degree (me as a nurse, and my friend as an Occupational Therapist). There’s no harm in waiting until you know what you want to do.

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      Katharine Bradbury answered on 13 Jun 2017:

      Yes – it’s a very rewarding and varied career and I’m glad I chose to be a doctor. One thing people don’t realise is the sheer variety of jobs you can do with a medical degree. Apart from practising as a doctor, you can teach medical students and junior doctors, work in medical research, study law and work as a medical legal expert, work in public health, work/volunteer as doctor overseas or travel the world as a cruise ship doctor!

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      Christopher Symonds answered on 14 Jun 2017:

      Having worked closely with the medical profession for 9 years now, I think their jobs are extremely difficult but very satisfying so I would certainly consider it as an option.