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Career choice: Doctor vs Lawyer? Need some advice!

Hello everyone! I'm a high school junior who is pretty much constantly stressed about my future career. I've been going back and forth between becoming a doctor or a lawyer. Can anyone share their experience in choosing between these two professions? Also, any guidance on the relevant courses and extracurriculars to get involved in would be super helpful!

6 months ago

Hi there! It's completely normal to feel stressed about your future career, and it's great that you're exploring multiple options. Choosing between becoming a doctor or a lawyer ultimately depends on your interests and priorities. While both are prestigious careers, they differ in a few key areas like required education, daily tasks, and work-life balance.

For becoming a doctor, you'll need to attend college (with a strong focus on science courses), complete medical school, and then complete a residency program in your chosen specialty. Doctors usually have a strong interest in science, medicine, and helping people directly with their health. A medical career requires a longer education path, but the salary can often be higher upon completion.

On the other hand, becoming a lawyer requires completing college (with any major), attending law school, and passing the bar exam in your state. Lawyers tend to have strong reasoning and communication skills, as well as an interest in law, justice, and problem-solving. The educational path for lawyers is shorter, but depending on the field of law you choose, the salary can vary greatly.

When it comes to extracurriculars, the ideal activities will depend on your chosen career. For prospective doctors, focus on science clubs, research opportunities, volunteering at hospitals or clinics, and shadowing healthcare professionals. For students leaning toward a legal career, consider joining debate teams, mock trial, student government, Model United Nations, or interning at a law firm. Regardless, focus on activities that allow you to explore and cultivate your interests, demonstrate leadership, and gain practical experience in your chosen field.

In choosing between these two professions, consider your personal interests, values, and long-term goals. You still have time to explore both fields before making a decision, so take advantage of opportunities to shadow professionals, attend pre-professional club meetings, and do informational interviews with people in both fields.

Finally, remember that your college major doesn't lock you into a specific career. People change careers throughout their lives, so it's essential to pursue what interests you the most and be open to exploring new possibilities. Best of luck in making your decision!

6 months ago

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