Are you considering a career as a paramedic? Well done!
This course will allow you to have a very fulfilling career on the frontline of emergencies. Being a paramedic gives you a wide variety in your day-to-day job. You will be responding to 999 calls ranging from heart attacks to strokes to serious falls. No two days are the same. It is a very demanding course, and you must expect the unexpected. Studying to be a paramedic would be for you if you enjoy working as part of a team, are quick on your feet and good at decision-making, and can remain calm in serious situations.
Look at the different universities to see which course suits you. Each university might have slightly different entry requirements. Some might require you to hold a full C1 driver’s license, this allows you to drive an ambulance. Some might not require this prior entrance to your course, but it might prove difficult to get a job as a paramedic if you do not hold this license, this is dependent on the trust or private ambulance service you apply to. To gain experience on what it’d be like to work as a paramedic, and volunteer at an elderly care centre. This will allow you to grasp an understanding of caring for people in need of help. It will develop your patience, your communication and organisation skills as well as your understanding of the scope of a paramedic's work.
A standard working week for a paramedic is 37.5 hours and this is shift work meaning you could be working nights, early starts, and weekends. This lifestyle doesn’t suit everyone so consider this before embarking on the course! Paramedics require a broad range of knowledge due to the variety of injuries they see day to day.
Come to our brand-new show ‘The Death of Anton Orlov’ starting in September to get an appreciation of the human body and how our anatomy works to help decide if this is the career path for you.