career: Medicine

What's it all about

When you think of medicine, you probably think of many years studying at university so you can be qualified to hold a scalpel and save lives. We’re here to tell you that while you might need a degree to stand in the operating room, there are many other positions that don’t require a degree and £53,000 of debt!

Although they aren’t doctor jobs, some of them to involve interaction with patients and you can play a key role in their recovery. A paramedic, for example, can be saving lives on a daily basis without a degree.

Hospitals have many admin based roles that don’t require a degree, as well as assistant roles that are key to keeping the hospital running. There are many other places that are part of the medicine industry like physio therapy centers and labs.

What could I be doing? 

What could I be doing?

  • Paramedic
  • Maternity support worker
  • Prosthetic technician
  • Assistant technical officer
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Porter
  • Cardiographer

Routes in

While there are obviously many different degrees you could be doing to start a career in medicine, there are also alternative routes if you don’t feel uni is for you.

For example, sponsored degrees. This is when you work with a company of in an organisation who, as well as training you themselves, will also pay for you to get a degree. This involves working and studying at the same time which might sound like a lot, but in many medical professions nationally recognised qualifications are needed for the job.

A recognised qualification doesn’t have to mean a degree though. In some of the job roles available, you could be doing an apprenticeship. This means you work full time while also earning a qualification. At the end of your apprenticeship, the company may well take you on as an employee as they’ve spent so much time training you to be perfect for the role.

To prove that you’re definitely interested and dedicated to starting a career in this industry, it’s a good idea to get some work experience to put on your CV. Medical work experience is difficult to get as it’s limited and also very competitive. However, if you can get any work experience at all within a health-based organisation or company it will certainly be relevant to your CV and future job roles.

What skills will I need 

What skills will I need

  • Friendly
  • Personable
  • Confident
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Caring
  • Empathetic
  • Team player
  • Interest in science

Been there, done that

We’re still on the hunt for a fabulous case study to show us how it’s done. Are you #DoingItWithoutADegree in this field? Then get in touch by emailing hattie@unisnotforme.com to find out how you can inspire our ambitious school leavers.


Expert opinion

Are you an expert in this field? Then we want you to tell us what it takes to make it in this industry. Get in touch by emailing us at hattie@unisnotforme.com to find out more.



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