Do I want to be a Paramedic? When I left school I was like everyone else (in short, I really had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up)… I kind of just fell into a career as a Paramedic. Being a Paramedic is something that some people who you would never pick love it, and other, who you would make a perfect paramedic, hate it…. the only real way to find out is to give it a go..
Things to consider:
Have you got that sort of personality that makes you enjoy working as an Ambulance Officer – now, I don’t mean, can you handle blood, but, do you want to spend your day talking to old people, chronically ill people, and taking people to hospital who have been booked in for a week to have their routine urine catheter replaced… this is what we really do for a living… and every now and again, you get to have some excitement and treat someone who is critically sick or injured. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a Paramedic for about ten years, and I still love the job.
Do you genuinely want to help people? – (no… hmm, probably this is the wrong job for you). As a Paramedic, you are the ultimate public servant – you go into strangers houses an all times of the day/ night and do your very best to fix their problems (and this does not always mean medically problems).
Can you be patient with really stupid people? (when your job requires you to be)…
Can you compose yourself when you’re under a lot of stress and at least “fake” confidence? (Every good Paramedic does this from time to time).
Do you have to be busy all day… or are you just as happy to read a book and occasionally treat people in life-endangering emergencies?
Have a think about it and become a Paramedic… it’s the best job on Earth…