'Graduated Med School And Can't Stand Blood' And Other Poor Career Choices


You finally get that job you've wanted and surprise, you hate it, not because it wasn't what you expected, but because you forgot to consider your own feelings.

BrainFellator asked:What's the "went through med school just to realize you couldn't stand the sight of blood" of your job field?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

Don't like bodily fluids? You're gonna have a bad time.

Well, I'm a phlebotomist, sooo.....

Never had anyone who ended up not being able to stand the sight of blood, but have had several people who couldn't do other specimens collected or received in a lab - urine, stool, sputum, etc.

Also people who were surprised that most of our draws would be kids, the elderly, chemo and dialysis patients (all notoriously difficult draws) and thought everything would be exactly like it was in school.

I've had new people in the hospital when I was there tell me they "won't" attend the Code Blues because "they can't see anyone die." Like, it's a hospital. People are in bad shape and die in it.


lmao, one of the first things I learned working in a hospital is if a certain code is called, and you're anywhere near it, you run like hell for it. Someone saying they "won't" would probably get you fired, or at least none of us would trust them.


Americans are the worst at the whole "rest of the world" thing.

I teach English to kids aged 3-9 in China. I can't tell you how many people I've met while teaching abroad that either can't stand kids and/or constantly complain about how the country is so different from their own considering being able to handle children and adapt to new surroundings are two of the biggest requirement to do the job.


My friend taught in China for a year with TEFL and said a lot of her colleagues just treated it as a cheap way to travel and party and didn't really care about the kids at all.


Only fun guys need apply.

I work in a pathology/bacteriology lab, so basically if you're at all squeamish, you've got no chance. I took swabs from a chunk of necrotic tissue on my second day, and I'll never look at fried mushrooms the same way again.


I was in a physiology class once where in the first week we had to eat sandwiches while standing around an open corpse because the teacher didn't want us wasting time and money on the class if we were squeamish.

edit: y'all it wasn't a fresh unprepared body and we weren't in physical contact with it, calm down.


That's actually very thoughtful and practical of the prof! Better to know your physical limitations sooner.


Definitely one of the best teachers I ever had.


At least they're inside and in control.

There's quite a few pilots that are scared of heights.


Yes, but that doesn't really stop them from doing the job. It's not like they're staring down a huge drop all of the time.


I used to work as a flight instructor. Flying in a typical, old small Cessna you got a flimsy door and a simple seat belt holding you in. In certain training maneuvers, if the door latch is crappy, it can pop open. The wind keeps it from swinging open more than a few inches but when ever it did, I quickly found out who didn't like that one bit.


You ain't gonna be Alexandra Cabot.

Many people become a lawyer only to discover they hate practicing law, because they didn't really understand what that meant when they went to law school. Law is very boring, involves a lot of minute, rote work which has little practical effect on a case, and is ultimately soul sucking. Being a lawyer involves very little grandstanding in court room. Many lawyers NEVER do that. Even trial lawyers, like you see on TV, only get a couple trials a year at best and some go years between trials. The only kinds of lawyers in court every day are criminal attorneys.


When they say crime doesn't pay, they mean it especially for criminal attorneys.


We talking a criminal attorney or a criminal attorney?


Take it easy, Saul.


My mom wanted to be a marine biologist but she hates the water.

Had a teacher in my nautical academy that found out he was chronically seasick.


My son's teacher had been in the Coast Guard, but found out she got seasick. She ended up doing something with supplies so she could stay off the ships.


Honestly, the number of sailors in the Navy who get seasick super easy was kinda surprising to me.

To clarify, obviously sea sickness isn't something people can get tested for but it's just interesting to see how many people need to get the meds from medical the second we got out of port.

Edit 2: I actually love the rocking, when I was on a DDG the rocking put me right to sleep after a 12 hour watch.


What were you expecting, strippers and quaaludes?

Got a prestigious degree in finance and economics, realized I sincerely hate the type of people who work in IB/Finance

Edit: not all of them of course, but you all know that guy who thinks "wolf of Wall Street" is a documentary about him


I hear that.

Sound engineer. I'm sensitive to loud noises. Should have thought that one through.


You probably have a future as a corporate AV tech for talking-head though, if you can stand it. I rarely do anything that goes above 85dB on those gigs.

You do have to be able to stand talking-head gigs and talent-less middle managers though.


Firing people, for any reason, sucks.

Human Resources. Went through school to realize I couldn't lay someone off. Honestly, terminations for cause are pretty bad, but at least they did something to cause it. I'm talking about downsizing


My uncle was a VP for HR for a large multinational corporation. He was told he would be keep his job and that he and his entire team would be moved to a new factory. He was tasked with downsizing then closing a factory of 2200 people, it took two years. In the end, they canned his entitled team as well. He said he cried almost every night when doing the job. Would have jumped to another company, however it was during a huge recession and he had four daughters that would not want to move from Rochester.


It's a no from me.

Spent a lot of time honing my voice and manner skills because I seemed to have a talent for customer service. The only problem is I figured out that I hate people in general.


Customer service will do that to anyone.. some people just lose every ounce of decency when facing customer service.


Same here.

I'm really good in customer service roles but I cannot stand the general public. I can fake it from 9-5 but gave it up and went to university to study zoology as I like wildlife and was sick of the bullsh*t.


Next time, vet yourself... and the job.

Going to school for vet nursing or veterinary med and then realising you are scared of certain animals like mice or rats

Edit: you also have to be able to separate individual behaviors of individual animals from a whole species. Inevitably you will be scratched, bitten or injured my a stressed animal. I have several scars but I separate those experiences from other animals of the same species and I've also learned how to handle and read their body language better even small animals like rats and mice. Thrilled about all the responses. It is a challenging profession and not everyone is able to go through putting animals down or having to cause a bit of pain to heal them in the end so many people don't finish the degree but that's the same with many professions. Love you Reddit!!


It's still fun af.

Bartending. Going through years and years of being hazed by coworkers and regulars, constantly being given the shittiest jobs —sometimes literally— in the entire bar, all the back pain from stocking heavy ass sh*t, being the last one to leave almost every night. All that just to find out you don't like dealing with people at all especially when they're drunk ... that or you're sober which I've seen a couple times and just seeems awful


yep...I'm a cocktail waitress so it's a bit different, but I bartend when the bar needs help. all my close friends work behind the bar so I'm pretty familiar with it. but I've recently learned I really hate drunk people if I'm not drunk. we make lots of money off private parties and I've also come to realize I truly hate them, bachelorette parties in particular. lots of people that believe they need to be treated extra special because they're wearing a plastic tiara and will tip me $5 at the end of the night.


What do they think movers actually do?

Being a mover, we would frequently go through new hires that cant hang. You would laugh at how many times weve walked into a house and the new guy goes "we have to move ALL of this?" and I go "Yea, twice." Or when a customer asks to move one thing again because they found a new spot, or there is a couch at the new place to move...I see people just get disheartened and annoyed. Bitch, thats our job, you are here to move peoples things until they do not need you to move their things anymore. You are also getting paid by the hour, so stfu. Moving attracts some amazingly hard working and kind people, and also bottom of the barrel degens. Everyday is interesting lol.

Edit: instead of commenting thank you 100 times, I just want to say it warms my heart to read the nice things you all are saying about movers. Ill read every reply. We don't usually have the best of reputations and it's refreshing to hear people appreciate us, so thank you all!


The results were black and white.

My friend applied to be in the RAF. Failed the medical because he is colourblind. This was the first he knew about it, he was 21.


My brother learned he was color blind at 20 joining the Marines. We laughed at him, but then I decided to get tested - and found out I was color blind as well lol


Imagine what the superfans are like...

I was dead set on being a videogame developer. Started in QA, saw the endless hours of crunch, the devs working 80+ hour weeks without showers or shaving, smelled the funk of hundreds of unwashed bodies, the crossed fingers at reaching publisher milestones for bonuses that would hopefully make it all worthwhile, and the constant fear that they wouldn't get picked up for the next project so they could keep getting paid and keep making mortgage payments...

Decided that I'd rather be in Systems in lieu of Development and never looked back.


I've been in the game industry for 13 years, and my advice to people wanting to get into this industry has always been, "have a backup plan."

I'm lucky that I'm in a fantastic place now with great work-life balance, but it was not an easy path, and a LOT of colleagues have since switched to other industries.


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