Originally from India, Angad Singh has been studying in the UK for the past six years and is a final year MBBS student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in North West England. Angad tells us his key points to consider when deciding whether you are suited to a medical career.
Choosing a career path can be a very challenging point in anyone’s life, because it can be difficult to obtain clarity about a career just from observation. This especially holds true for a career like Medicine, which demands intense academic and personal commitment. Ultimately, there are no set rules to know if a profession is suitable for you or not. However, adequate research, self-reflection, and weighing up the rewards and challenges will help you make an informed decision.
Medical training will require strong critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, excellent communication skills, and the ability to demonstrate professionalism to a very high standard. This also means that this profession requires you to undertake lengthy training, the bulk of which will be self-guided. Nonetheless, committed students can find Medicine very rewarding as you will be able to create valuable changes in people’s lives and society through your experience and actions.
Medicine training is often quite lengthy and can be very costly. It is important to evaluate the financial and time commitments involved in undertaking medical training. Financial commitments may also include additional costs such as travel to placements, relocation, equipment and supplementary courses or books, as well as the usual university fees and accommodation.
A career in healthcare requires strong interpersonal abilities as you will be working with other people including colleagues and patients. It is also important to consider the leadership responsibilities that will bear upon you as a doctor.
Although extensive training will be provided, it is important for you to understand what will be expected of you in the future. This also applies to managing difficult and complex situations and may involve working in stressful fields. Nevertheless, due to a vast number of different specialties, you might be able to research and align your life goals with your profession. It would be advisable to find out more about different medical specialties.
Looking for volunteering or shadowing positions in health and social care settings can help you develop a deeper perspective. You may also have the opportunity to meet people who can share their valuable experience of working in this field. The experience that you’ll gain will also be useful to echo your learnings and reflections during the Medical School interview process.
Despite all of these considerations, your decision regarding pursuing a career in Medicine may remain a challenging and confusing one. However, it would be advisable to consider your potential, dedication, experience and eagerness. So, take the time to make a thoughtful decision, trust in your abilities, and embrace your future journey with determination and enthusiasm.
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