Originally Answered: Medicine career?
I'm a medical student.
First, there's you. Are you right for medicine? You have to be able to get along with EVERYBODY! I'm very serious about this. You've got to be able to look at and speak to a man who you think has been hurting his kids, whilst you're waiting for the results of the test to come back to prove it. You've got to be able to get along with colleague that you REALLY don't like, just so that you can get a bed for your patient, or get them on a study that might ease their pain. You've got to get along with patient's that disrespect you, punch and spit at you at times, and at other times, worship you, think you're their Saviour and the sweetest guy in the world. Don't be put off by any of that, the rewards are far beyond the pain and nowhere else do you get total strangers telling you whole life stories and private details that they'd never even tell their spouses, or mothers?
Then of course their's the education, and it ain't short!
After Primary and Secondary level education you need to go to university and medical school for anywhere from 3 year to 7 years depending where you live and study. After than is you basic medical post graduate training, commonly called an internship. This lasts from 1 to 3 years again, then you do the specialty training (ie: surgeon, ENT, cardiac, psych etc., family practice, GP) which is 2-12 years again, depending on where in the world it's done.
A long haul, but if you're the type of person who can handle stress and still get along with everyone, preferably with a (real) smile, then go for it!
It's second to none!
I chose this career because I was sick of not making anyone's life better at my old job, except the companies. So I applied and got in, I really liked the part-time paramedic work I had been doing and liked the idea of a fast paced job. I want to do emergency medicine and/or pre-hospital care (at the scene.)