21/05/2021

Essential Soft Skills for the Prospective Paramedic

A paramedic career is not for the faint-hearted. This is more than a 9-5 job  and certainly isn’t something that you can just switch off from. But for the right person, it can be an incredibly rewarding, challenging and above all, fulfilling vocation.

While training will give you many of the technical skills that you will need to perform as a paramedic, there are other non-technical skills, known as soft skills, that will help you develop in this worthwhile career. There are a number of paramedic prospects open to those looking to advance their career in the field of paramedics, and if you want to take up these opportunities having the right soft skills can really help.

What are Soft Skills?

You have probably heard the term soft skills, but if you are not quite sure what they are, soft skills refer to the non-technical skills that will help you in any role you undertake. You could refer to them as people skills. They include how you manage your workload, problem solving and of course, compassion and how you communicate; both with colleagues and patients.

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Paramedic Soft Skills

During your paramedic career you may not always find yourself dealing with patients who are polite; as they may be in pain, disorientated or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Being able to remain professional yet reassuring in your communication is vital.

There will certainly be instances when you will need to make on the spot decisions that could have implications on the health of your patients, and this means you’ll have to be confident in your problem-solving skills. When faced with a serious accident, a paramedic will need to be able to work quickly and effectively, dealing with patients in the right order. Therefore, being able to manage a stressful workload is essential.

Whilst paramedic training will cover many of these skills and offer you the tools to best help others, some soft skills are instinctive, and are most likely to have been learned over time. Developing these further will certainly help your paramedic prospects. You should find that you are able to enhance your problem solving and time management skills whilst you are studying, and the new environments you will find yourself in at university make a great opportunity for polishing up your communication skills ready for your new paramedic career.

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BSC Hons Paramedic Science STV at the University of Bolton – Caring for the Future

If you are looking towards the future and giving serious consideration to studying a subject that will offer you an incredibly rewarding and challenging career path, then an undergraduate paramedic science course is one well worth considering. For the right paramedic, prospects for career progression are good.

Our specialist educators help you learn technical skills that can save lives, and our inclusive, friendly environment provides the perfect base for you to take those all-important first steps in further education.

Our university has been voted in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the second year running*. As a smaller university, the student experience that we offer is welcoming and supportive, and always puts the needs of our students first.

If you would like to learn more about the university or our paramedic science course, we would be delighted to talk to you. You can reach our team of friendly advisors on +44 (0)1204 900 600. Alternatively, you could always e-mail your questions to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk for our team to answer.

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