There’s a perception that age is a barrier to beginning a new career. Yet, if you’re passionate and motivated, no matter what your age is (it’s just a number), you can switch careers and enjoy the freedom and satisfaction of working in emergency health care and patient transport.
Our mature-age emergency healthcare students tell us how they felt about studying at their age. This industry is one where life experience and communication skills are in demand. The clinical part of the job can be learned by studying in your own time and made more enjoyable by our amazing online community, student success team and of course the expert trainers and educators who are always available.
Sarah: “There is a lot to absorb and there’s just been times where I’ve just gone, I don’t know how I’m going to remember all this. But the practical has been really helpful in just consolidating all that theory. And the more you go over it, the penny drops and you start to see the system in it. Yeah. And so it’ll … Still falling into place now.”
Mark: “I felt my age was a bit of a barrier because I seemed to be twice the average age of the course participants, but sometimes it feels like I have a bit of extra spidery senses.”
Ken: “We tend to procrastinate and worry about to, I think, worry too much about am I going to be this old guy there? Am I going to have a lot of youngsters literally having a go at me? No, they don’t. The actually very supportive.”
Donella: “I think you’re never too old to study. And yeah, I think I just got to a point, I just needed a little bit of something else in life.”
Ken: “I was amazed that, how much easier it was studying now as opposed to when I was a youngster. Cause really when you’re a youngster, you’re studying to a course a goal right and end point with now you’re studying more for the actual knowledge. So there’s a huge advantage in it.”
Mark: “I thought if I don’t do it, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. I just took the jump, took the plunge.”
With so many career options to choose from, now is the time to make that positive change in your life. No matter what your age, or how you feel about finding the time or the will to study – we can help you get there.
Are you ready to take the next step towards a fulfilling career in emergency health care? Find out more by creating your career development plan!. This takes a couple of minutes. Simply answer a few questions and tell us about your goals and current experience and we’ll put together a plan to help you learn more about the industry and how it’s possible to switch careers and do what you love.
Become an Advanced Life Support Medic, Paramedic Assistant in the private sector – or use this nationally recognised qualification to get into university to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree. Most universities will reward diploma-qualified applicants with credits towards completion of the degree.
Study this qualification to begin your career in emergency health care by becoming a Basic Life Support medic in the private sector. Work as an event medic, first responder in your local community. Upgrade your emergency response skills into the Diploma of Emergency Health Care at any time.
Patient transport jobs are on the rise. This is the easiest pathway int patient care in the out-of-hospital environment. Complete the course online in under 12 months. Attend a 3 day clinical workshop and ambulance driver training to thoroughly prepare you for this rewarding and varied career; where no day is the same.