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The doctor-lawyer conundrum

Pippa Allsop wonders why the only career options that many children will ever hear about enough times to stick in their minds are either law or a medicine

17 December 2014

I can remember coming out of what must have been my first 'careers' session at school and thinking, "It really is very lucky that I want to be a solicitor…because I can't stand the sight of blood". I promise my logic was more sound than you might first think. You see, at my schools' 'careers' sessions (please note the deliberate continued use of parenthesis) there were, in reality, only two viable options for our future employ: doctor or lawyer.

I am exaggerating of course. However, I do feel that it is important for children to be encouraged, not stifled, at this formative point in their lives. I recall the look of disillusionment on a fellow pupil's face when he was told to 'take it seriously' by the teacher when he dared to share his aspirations to be a writer. While I do not think that I would have actually chosen a different career had I been aware of the other options that were available to me, the careers pr...

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