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10 December 2004 @ 04:41 pm
If thou be'st born to see strange sights, things invisible to see...  

I think you know things have reached a pretty pass when you cannot read your own handwriting. I can now type better than I can write. Hooray for the slow but sure usurpation (hey, it could be a word...open minds, people) by technology of all things tedious and handwritten.

By the law of averages that suggests that bread will always fall butter-side (or low-fat margerine-simulation spread of your choice) down, someone will probably comment on this post, so I'm going to ask a rather important question. That is, it's important to me. And maybe Belle and the sheep. (THIRD TIME! Next thing I know I shall be out in Stonehenge wearing my nightie with the druids. Which means I'd have to buy a nightie. Dear lord I'm raving even worse than usual. Is there no end to the depths to which I shall sink? And the answer to that is: no. And that wasn't the question.)

Okay. Pretend you are me. Or pretend you are Will from 'About A Boy' (by Nick Hornby, it's a film now with Hugh Grant - if it helps), because he and I are practically the same person. In other words, you are completely apathetic about everything and have no discernable ambitions in any way whatsoever aside from a vague feeling that you'd like to work in Waterstones. Maybe. At some point in the distant future.

SO. Would you - because it will make everyone happy, and you don't really care either way - become a doctor? I really need to make up my mind soon. I quite like my life as it is, which really does revolve around fanfiction, trying to write own fiction, and avoiding my art coursework. And were I to do medicine I wouldn't have much - or any - time for fanfic. That's the only quibble I have with it. (Oh, and with the Irish system being what it is I could walk into a medical course tomorrow. Great, isn't it?)

It sounds stupid, but I feel stupid. And I suppose I'd never have to worry about unemployment...oh, help.

 
 
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high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on December 10th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
Apathy and doctors don't mix well.

Oil and water, m'lovely, oil and water.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 10th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
Why you say? After all, most doctors are bastards.

OH GOD I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DOOOOOOOO.
(no subject) - rimestock on December 10th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
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amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on December 10th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
I really need to make up my mind soon.

Do you really? Is it possible to get a job for a year or two while you think things over, and then go back to school? Or maybe take some 'independent' courses or whatever you call it -- that is, not part of a several-year-long plan with a job at the other end -- out of interest or because it's useful knowledge? This is pretty much what I'm doing right now (or at least what I would be doing if I could find a job), but I don't know whether Irish schools allow for it.

If you're fine with being a doctor maybe it doesn't matter, but I'd worry that I'd suddenly discover that I wanted to do something else entirely. :/
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 10th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
That is good advice.

...

Which I've already taken! Dammit! I'm on a sort of 'gap year' right now and doing a PLC (post-leaving-certificate, one year) course in Art and Design. I don't like it, mainly because I'm not cut out for that. So, really, this IS my year to think things over - but to get to uni, I have to have the form in by February. Here comes crunch time!

I feel guilty loading you with this crap...but I can at least write it; feel free to not read it!

I don't want to be a doctor. But, doing something like, writing, or editing, means a lot of putting yourself out there, whereas medicine is like school - you just do what you're told and come out at the end with employable qualifications. I'm absolutely useless at selling myself.

I guess I have to choose between something interesting and scary and something dull and safe. Of course I should choose the first but hey, it's SCARY!

*mumbles* Sorry.
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denial_girldenial_girl on December 10th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
Congrats -- usurpation is a word.

My advice is never do something you don't like. You don't want to be stuck doing a job you hate for the rest of your life. Do what you enjoy and the right job will come to you because if you love it, you'll do well at it.

At least that's what I'm banking on. People thought I was nuts choosing to major in history. There's this whole thing in Ontario where they basically tell you you're stupid if you don't take math or science and that you're never going to get a job. I basically had to say "fuck you" to everybody who tried to talk me out of doing what I wanted. I'll let you know how that turned out in about 5 years.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 13th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
OH YAY!

That's exactly like Ireland! Arts are so denigrated, it's unreal. Mind you, that's because all the money is in American pharmaceutical industries that come over because of the tax relief...xD

Good advice btw! I always like History at school...apart from the Irish stuff, that is!
Caitcoralia13 on December 11th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
Wow, that is a tough one! I feel that I cannot be unresponsive to such an important post, but I honestly have to say that I really don't know you well enough to give you an answer on something so life-changing. What always helps me make decisions is pretending like I have already made it, ie, "Alvira, you ARE GOING TO BE A DOCTOR." Now quick - without thinking - how do you feel? Excited? Upset? Disappointed? Relieved? Try it the other way. See which one feels more right. It's kind of a gut feeling version of the pro vs con list. Beyond this, I have no advise. Good luck, though. I am cheering for you!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 13th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
Okay, my answer was 'Oh shit', so unless I'm channelling Rincewind I'm thinking it would NOT be the greatest career move ever...
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 13th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
Yup, that sounds familiar...people then ask me what I'm going to do, and I say 'Be unemployed'.

It does seem to shut them up.
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(no subject) - scoradh on December 14th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Caitcoralia13 on December 12th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
Any further development on this situation?

Sorry I have been so off and away recently - the internet continues to work sporadically. When I get home, hopfully my dad can fix it, and then we can have our nice long H/G debate. Or a squee-fest over UL19, which we just finished in story time. Or something.

I MISS YOU!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 13th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
Not really...I think my mother, when she spares a minute from her own job problems and her Masters, is thinking about committing me on grounds of lack of ambition or something. I'm just a big old lazy scaredy cat, and I can't admit what I'd like to do because I don't think I have the talent or perseverance to cut it as a writer...

BOTH! PLEASE!

Don't worry, I'll always do an Arnie and BE BACK...trust me on this. xD
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henbock on December 13th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
Many of the above
Ok can I just say why medicine why not Law as you alwats told me I should do it but as I know you I dont think that you are cut out for all the crap that comes along with being a doctor. Who is putting the pressure on you to do madicine and anyway Law is just as socially accepable I think and the course is much easier and theres a lot of reading involved and youd have a load of time for fanfic Dont Do Medicine Cos In An Emergency I Think Id Rather Prefer Someone Elst To Save My Life sorry and please dont be insulted!!
henbock on December 13th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
Re: Many of the above
Ok you were right I cant spell or type and proof-reading would probably be a good idea in my case. I just read my last entry and I physically cringed, sorry for putting you through that last entry @( (cyclops)
Re: Many of the above - scoradh on December 13th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Many of the above - scoradh on December 13th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
Insufferable, man.cynicalpirate on December 13th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
We need more cool doctors. But don't make a decision unless you're sure you won't resent the fact that you made it for years to come. Example:

Oh, I could've won that game of Scrabble, if only I hadn't become a doctor.

Why does everyone hate my new haircut? It must be because I'm not a doctor
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'Gainful employment' and 'doctoring' usually go hand in hand, don't they? Like 'impoverished' and 'writer'. Some words just fit. Tell me all the reasons why you're considering being a doctor. (Apart from teh money and teh sex with hot nurses!) And I'll tell you if I think you should do it. *grinz*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 13th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
I think like that about every decision I've ever made...when I remember, that is.

Basically, I'll definitely have a job at the end...and it's a no-brainer. You do arts, you have to come up with your own job really, you have to get involved in things to make your CV look good, you have to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. With medicine, you just train, qualify, work. C'est tout. Easy. Oh, yeah. Money. I don't think I could survive poverty, not with the way I've been brought up - dammit.

I wish I didn't have to think about it at all, you know? But then that's growing up for you. (Not that anyone ever asked ME if I wanted to, mind.)

AHHHHH.
Lord Marmaduke Newbry: Cheshirepusscatsmeat on December 20th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
I work in Subway [Watch out, cats!], so I shan't offer career advice out.

I shall, however, suggest you read every Hornby book [other than 'How to be good', which was terrible] that you can get your grubby little mits on.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 21st, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
I've read 'About A Boy'...good idea, actually, excessive chicklit is hurting my neurons.
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