What else can I do with a medicine or nursing degree?

What else can I do with a medicine or nursing degree?

Medicine and nursing are very different degrees, leading to distinct professions. Nonetheless, they involve many of the same transferable skills.

Whether you have decided that hands-on nursing isn’t for you, or that you don’t want to be stuck in medicine training for years on end, there are a number of possible routes.

This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.

Some of the skills you should have acquired include:

  • adaptability and flexibility
  • analytical skills
  • problem solving skills
  • providing person-centred care
  • risk management skills
  • teamworking skills
  • verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

All that attention to detail and personal care means that medicine and nursing students would be ideal for roles with bespoke package providers. This could be in anything from tailoring, to tailor-made holidays.

Other suitable roles include:

  • Adult nurse
  • Children's nurse
  • Community worker
  • Health and safety officer
  • Healthcare management
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Lecturer
  • Mental health nurse
  • Personal trainer
  • Pharmaceuticals scientist
  • Police officer
  • Social worker
  • Welfare rights adviser.

If none of these are quite your thing, then there are still plenty of other options. These medicine and nursing students all went in different directions:

  • Jo Brand
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Abi Titmuss
  • Harry Hill
  • Che Guevara