I’m thinking about doing medicine

There are a wide range of jobs in rural practice and in medicine.  This site focuses on rural general practice but don’t forget that there are many other roles in healthcare that could be considered, for example community nurse, hospital nurse, radiographer, dietician, physiotherapist or paramedic.

The following websites are useful for general careers advice:

Your school may be able to help you to organise some work experience, or speak to someone for further information.

In some areas there are specific programmes for school students to access careers advice.  For example, if you live in the Highlands of Scotland, you can access the Highland Schools Medical Mentor Scheme.

Here’s a video from Queensland, Australia – great to get an international perspective, not least as the boundaries of working in general practice extend far outwith just the UK…

And back to Scotland, here’s some GPs talking about the challenges and satisfactions of their work.

GP practices are busy places. However, many GPs are happy to do what they can to support school pupils make a good decision about their careers. If you want to find out more, speak to your guidance teacher, or consider contacting your local GP practice to see if they offer any work experience opportunities for school pupils. Be aware that you normally need to be at least 16 years of age in order to participate in medical work experience.