Hi, my name is Mark. I’m doing the Cert III, IV, and Diploma combo here with the Australia Paramedical College. I am here currently onsite at APC doing the clinical workshop number two for Diploma and having a great time in a (simulated) high-stress environment.
I’m just checking my bag, becoming familiar with all the equipment we need to go through the various trauma scenarios. The team’s relying on me to do what I need to do. I need to know where everything is. It’s good. Practice, practice, practice.
A year ago I decided to get out of IT. I was in IT for 30-odd years. So I’m 55 now and I just decided I’d had enough of staring at a monitor, dealing with someone on the other side of the planet, they were stressed and I was stressed, so I thought I need to do something different.
I got interested in first aid through lifesaving and surf lifesaving; and I just wanted to take it a bit further and then I just decided on a career change.
I felt my age was a bit of a barrier because I seem to be twice the average age of each course, but 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.
I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to go with this at the start so I thought if I can get Cert III (HLT31115 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport), then I can do non-emergency transport work and at least have an income coming from this. But the more I got into it, the more I found out I wanted to do paramedicine.
From here I hope to get my Diploma, finish my clinical practice hours and then apply for University of Tasmania, Sydney campus, next year, do the two-year degree course and go into New South Wales ambulance at the end of that.
I would say definitely do the Diploma course. It’s going to push you really hard and you’ll find out if you want to go into paramedicine after that.
It’s definitely more than a foot in the water. It’s rewarding. You get to see real results. You get trained in everyday lifesaving skills which are with you for the rest of your life and yeah you can help people.
I would say that age isn’t a barrier it’s an asset really. I think the life experience and the people skills experience of elder people would be an advantage in this industry. As I understand it, it’s not all lights and sirens. A lot of it is mental health and dealing with elderly people, so I think the more life experience you have, the better, the more grateful you’ll be for those cases.
A summary of Mark’s thoughts and outlook on life;
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