13/07/2021

Categories: Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, Undergradute

What You Need to Know About Being a Paramedic

Interested in starting a career as a paramedic? Here’s everything you need to know about the job and what’s expected of you.

The BSc Paramedic Science degree at the University of Bolton is the first step you need to take in becoming a paramedic in emergency services. The paramedic career path requires highly skilled people. And people who have a passion for helping others. Is this you?

If you’re wondering how to become a paramedic and become successful in this line of work, here are the things you need to know before you begin your studies.

You need outstanding communication skills

One of the most important skills you need to launch a paramedic career is communication. Being a people person helps because you must be able to read social cues, understand the tone of voice and body language, and make connections fast so you can build trust in an emergency.

Not everyone is cut out to work in the emergency services because of this. The way you react and respond could be the difference between life and death, so having a great rapport with colleagues and patients is key.

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You need to be a quick thinker

Are you able to make decisions under pressure? Can you react quickly in an emergency while remaining calm? As well as being a good communicator, you also need to be skilled at reactionary problem-solving.

Working as a paramedic can mean being thrown into unexpected situations. It doesn’t have the same structure as a desk job, so you have to be able to think on your feet.

You could be responsible for people management

As well as dealing with your everyday duties, you may also have the added responsibility of managing or training other members of staff. Admin is just as important because the right organisational skills will mean correct staffing for ambulances and ensuring all the right paperwork is handed in.

Having the right approach to people management is vital as you progress in your career because effective training and talent nurturing will ultimately lead to competence and better health services for the public.

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The hours aren’t always sociable

A paramedic career is about being flexible with your working hours. If you prefer a standard nine to give job, this isn’t for you. Paramedics work shifts as the service is available 24 hours a day. That means you could be working nights or weekends.

For many night shift paramedics, it does mean a shift in sleep patterns and sometimes missing out on certain aspects of family life. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a good work/life balance.

Your equipment is everything

Paramedics must have the skills to provide the most suitable care, at the right time, and in the right place. To facilitate this, they have to know their equipment, and know how to use it.

So an interest in technology is something that is incredibly beneficial. Not only that, but you should have a thirst for learning and a desire to continually upskill. With technological advancements happening all the time, it makes sense to stay ahead of the curve.

A naturally curious nature is essential. If this sounds like you, training to work in the emergency services could be your calling.

To find out how to become a paramedic or to apply this September, head over to our BSc Paramedic Science course page for details.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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