DD is applying for uni and there are 3 different pathways she is struggling to pick between. 2 of them you could potentially do as volunteering.
The other you need a degree for, but could have an assistant role without a degree.
DH says go for the one that needs a degree, then do volunteering on the side for satisfaction if you have time.
My argument is what if she doesn’t have time? She’s stuck with the other job when she may prefer the others.
You can get careers in the others without a degree but you normally need some form of experience through volunteering and as she’d be older, she’d have a house to run, etc. so wouldn’t have time to stop the previous career to gain experience.
I'm with your DH. Hard to advance beyond a certain point in biomedical science without a degree. The degree will probably boost her pay expectations. Also if she later wants to transfer to another career she will be able to do this more easily with a degree, even if an unrelated subject. Also biomedical science is a very male-dominated industry with few women in it and rife with sexism. You're likely not to be taken as seriously without a degree. She can do the volunteering later or as an extra curricular thing. Go for the degree.
That's really not specific enough. Most people will do a post grad after a biomedical degree anyway. There aren't many jobs require a biomedical degree that you can get with without postgraduate studies.
A biomedical degree will give her all sorts of options beyond the obvious career. And a lot of career require postgrads anyway. I suggest a lot more research with the unis into the various different degrees and options.
There was a very similar threads on hear a short while ago. The bio medical degree sounds like a really strong educational bassis that would be transferable into a number of areas in healthcare and stem. I'd say this is far better than relying on voulenterring experience which may not lead to a career and provides little option should she wish to change her plans latter.
Biomed degree but make sure it's one where she comes out qualified and doesn't have to get a trainee position after. It's a valuable asset once you have it and become hcp registered. Plus its a degree u can use for loads of things.
I helped someone with a similar dilemma last year.
Biomedical science is a good solid degree. If she wants to go into it professionally then she will probably need post-grad degree(s) too. However if she changes her mind she can use a biomedical science degree from a good university to access many different graduate training programmes, and a science degree is very often seen as more useful than an arts degree.
I have a busy high pressure career, hobbies, children, and still manage to volunteer for 2 different charities.
If she is only at applying for uni stage then she must be late teens? If so she has potentially a 50 year career ahead of her and she could easily find herself retraining to do something different in 20 or 30 years time. She doesn't have to pick one field now that will last for the rest of her life, so take that into consideration before she is shoehorned into a 'career' she might not want.