“Anything BUT medicine,” a year 12 student with an ATAR of 99 told me in 2017.
“Mum and Dad are both doctors. I don’t want that for my life. I see the how hard they work, the worry and the stress. I would like to do physics at uni. I am thinking of going into teaching.”
Every second outstanding student in Western Australia seems to be looking to medicine as their preferred career. It’s not difficult to see why they want to become doctors.
Everyday doctors strive to make people’s lives better.
It is a high prestige, well paid job.
To earn these rewards you need to take on momentous responsibility, work long hours and be more resilient than almost any other profession.
Patients are very demanding, they are sick, and all too often you cannot cure them. That is hard to work with.
Australian doctors report psychological stress, depression and suicidal thoughts at rates twice as high as the general population.
Physicians are twice as likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population, with rates even higher for female doctors.
You can find out more at:
Being A Doctor Should Not Have To Come With A Health Warning and you can find the National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students HERE.
There are alternative careers for high performing students that will challenge your intelligence, creativity and problem-solving abilities as they deliver rich and exciting careers.
If you are not sure how to find alternative careers for high achieving students email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au