I then got to thinking about the total amount of money that's been spent on my education so far:
- Private secondary school fees (total 5 years): ~ £1050 (I was on a heavily subsidised scholarship)
- MPharm Pharmacy degree (4 years): taxpayer - £140,000, uni fees - ~ £13,000
- Pre-reg Pharmacy year (1 year): The training base received ~ £18,000 for having me
- MBChB Medicine degree (4 years): taxpayer - £250,000, uni fees - ~£18,750, NHS fee bursary ~£9750
I feel pretty guilty about the £140,000 spent on training me to become qualified as a Pharmacist (not to mention the extra 4 years of me studying, and therefore not paying taxes) when I'm never going to be working in Pharmacy again once I'm qualified as a Doctor (hopefully). I suppose other people train as Pharmacists/Doctors etc. in the UK and then go and work abroad, at least I will be working for the NHS when I qualify, just not as a Pharmacist. It does put into perspective the recent rise in tuition fees and the arguements for making all Medicine courses Graduate Entry only. Other degrees don't cost anywhere near this amount, especially arts degrees, but I can kind of understand the government's decision to raise tuition fees when thinking about the cost of further education to the taxpayer, especially when seeing many of the people I went to uni with now working in jobs which don't require a degree, and which are totally unrelated to their degree course. At least when I graduate I'll be using the skills it cost the tax payer so much to teach me.
Maybe people would work harder at Medical school if they knew that £50,000 was being spent on them being there each year?