whoops i forgot about latrobe physio.
I have a science degree. Am currently working in med research at
MelbUni, Pathology Dept.
Just off the top of my head while eating my dinner:
It can be a very rewarding job when you make big steps in
You may get to travel a fair bit to conferences around the world
which is very exciting. The staff noticeboard at work is chock full
of postcards from various researchers who have gone on
conference leave through the years.
The science profession itself is also easily transferable. You may
complete 3 years of research in Melbourne and then decide you
want to move to the UK for the next 5 years. It's relatively easy to
move there if you are able to secure research grants.
In research, you work out your own schedule depending on the
work you're doing.
You will not progress far in med research unless you complete a
PhD, and then your post-doctoral work after that. Med/science
research can be a stressful profession though, your future goes
only as far as your next project grant. I've seen researchers under
pressure to produce results so that their next research grant
application has a higher chance of being approved.
Another thing about the med research thing is that a medicine
degree is almost always higher up in the hierachy than "mere
Most career counsellors will advise you to apply for courses which
you are interested to study. The reality is if you are not sure which
area you want to go into, get into the highest course your ENTER
will allow you to get into (for eg medicine). It'll give you the
opportunity to see what it's like and if you don't like it, you can
always transfer down. It is MUCH harder to transfer up so you may
regret it later. Even so, if you graduate in medicine and decide it's
not really for you, it's much easier to find alternative work.
Medicine is a very powerful degree, every year there are med
grads who decide they don't want to be doctors, they very easily
get into areas like business, consulting, research, simply for
having a med degree.