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I just wanted to introduce myself and

give a little bit of context to this

video because this will be my first

youtube video you can skip past this bit

if you like I'll try and put the

timestamp on the screen I'm not really

sure how to do that but I'll try and

figure it out

so my name is Lucy I have a place to

study paramedic science at uni stat in

September 2020

I have not even started the class yet so

I'm definitely not an expert on the

class or interviews or anything like

that and I want to make that really

clear and I'm just sharing my own

experience as a successful applicant

because this is exactly the sort of IDEO

that I'd have lived to watch about a

year ago and I feel like there's not

that much available on YouTube at the

moment going forward I really want to

make videos about the course and

placements and stuff because as I said I

could find barely anything on YouTube

and in that sort of respect the one

channel I found was called two ordinary

guys I really recommend their videos I

think I've watched every single one

pretty much and I don't think they're

posting as much about paramedic science

at the moment because the one that was

more active of the two guys that run the

channel and switched to nursing but I

still do recommend watching their videos

but other than that all I've really been

able to find have been like promotional

videos from universities so I just

thought that was a bit of a lack of

information on YouTube so that's why I

want to make videos like this anyways I

decided I wanted to start learning how

to film and edit videos now because I

want to get a bit of practice before

estat uni and because we've all been

stuck at home because of the corona

virus I thought this was a pretty good

opportunity to learn and so I'm really

sorry if the filming and the video

editing is not very good this is

literally my first try

so please bear that in mind okay so I'm

gonna talk a little bit about like the

general things that you might want to

consider if you're thinking of applying

to a paramedic science course and just

speaking from my own experience one

thing that I thought would be worth

mentioning is that I live in Cumbria in

the UK so this might be specific to me

like some of it might be specific to me

one thing that's really important to be

clear on is whether or not you will have

needed to pass your drive in like pastor

driving license pass your driving test

before you start uni some require it and

some don't and I'm talking about like a

normal standard

manual car license not like the other c1

on entitlement you can do I know that to

do to be able to drive ambulances and

basically just bigger vehicles you need

to pass this special of the test and

from what I've heard most paramedics

take that after they graduate but some

you need will require you just have a

normal car license before you even start

the course either way it is recommended

that you pass your driving test before

you go to uni and because it's really

likely that you're gonna need it after

you leave and you apply for a job or

whatever and I think it's probably going

to be quite difficult to learn to drive

at the same time as yesterday another

thing that is worth thinking about is

whether you are gonna need a car

Austrian II and I know that most

students don't I didn't even think about

it I didn't I just assumed that I didn't

but when I was when I went to you when I

went to uni open days and I spoke to the

paramedic science students they some of

them said that especially in their like

second and third year of their course

that it was really useful to have a car

but cars often you might be put on a

placement like a work placement and an

ambulance station which can be literally

in the middle of nowhere where there's

no public transport and so you might

want to be able to drive yourself there

and they're like cars they're a massive

cost but I guess you've just got to look

at where you're planning to go and see

if it's gonna be possible for you to get

public transport or what you're gonna do

and I know a my when I went to the

University that I've got a place that

and they the students there says that

you don't actually need one the public

transport is okay but it's just one

thing that you is probably we're

thinking about before you go

another thing I thought was worth

mentioning it's probably not relevant to

that many people but it was relevant to

me so I'm gonna mention it anyway is

that if you think you have any sort of

medical condition that you think might

like make obstacles in your way like you

know getting your way of becoming a

paramedic you need to absolutely dig

around the internet do all your research

to be clear on what it means like the

implications of it and it was not clear

to me at all whether it would like sort

of what other things I

to consider when I was doing it I really

did have to like really do my research

and when I was applying this sort of was

nagging at the back of my brain and

because I was so set on this class I'm

so set on this career that I just didn't

want to sort of think that anything

might stop me so I did sort of put it

off for ages just because I didn't want

to hear any bad news and that's just

really counterproductive it just means

that you're gonna cut yourself stress in

the future and you don't want to do that

I was in touch with a student paramedic

that was in a similar situation to me

but they only found out that their

medical condition would cause them a

problem in the third year of their

degree when they're almost finished and

they're thinking about getting a job and

obviously that is much more stressful

and much more frustrating and so if you

think that there's anything at all it'll

gonna that's going to get in your way

you need to make yourself clear on that

so you save yourself stress in the

future right I don't think you need to

know every menu detail of what it's like

to work as a paramedic to know you know

all of the anatomy of the human body I

mean that's literally what you're

applying to the class for like you don't

you don't need to know everything about

it to start with I do you think that it

is useful to have an interest in

healthcare and to you know know vaguely

at least what the job is going to be

like like what the day-to-day is going

to be like and because number one if

you're if you go to interviews and stuff

you're gonna feel so much more confident

if you feel like you know stuff and yeah

you can just talk more about it just

really comfortably if you know more and

the other reason is that like paramedic

science doing a paramedic science degree

like a parent science class it does

pretty much prepare you for one job like

it's vocational and like there's a few

different settings you can work in as a

paramedic there's a few different jobs

you can have with the degree but at the

end of the day this is a class that is

preparing you for like one career it's

not like a English class or you know

maths where you can sort of have a lot

of choices so you don't want to you know

get to the end like you know go through

all of this application and then realize

oh maybe it's not exactly what I wanted

so you like doing all of this sort of

research and making sure you know what

it's gonna be like is not wasting time

at all like if you you know you want to

know what

let yourself in farm because the

University class is still relatively new

there's not that much information online

which is really frustrating but they're

like traditionally I guess and like how

people used to sort of go into being a

paramedic were through like different

sort of training classes and also

apprenticeships I'm pretty sure and but

they're getting phased out I think and

now all aspiring paramedics I'm like

meant to go through the university route

so hopefully there will be like more and

more information available online right

if you want to read books described in

the day-to-day of being a paramedic and

sort of stories about interesting cases

I really recommend Rapid Response to

stories of my life as a paramedic really

enjoyed that book and the darkside real

life accounts of an NHS paramedic and

I'll wait I'm not saying the office this

one's by Lisa Walder this one's by Andy

Thompson and I was gonna recommend is

paramedic on the front lines of Medicine

by Peter canning and I've read all of

them books honestly I got them off eBay

for like two quid like secondhand and

they've just been so interesting really

like just really interesting especially

the dark side is a book that sort of

goes into a bit of detail about the sort

of medical concepts and why sort of

different like you know treatments and

procedures for different like problems

work and in a way that's not really

overwhelming it's not confusing this up

just going to a little bit of detail and

I found it really interesting other

books that I have heard of but have not

got around to reading yet a thousand a

thousand naked strangers a paramedics

wild ride to the edge and back by Kevin

hazard and can you hear me a paramedics

encounters with life and death by Jake

Jones and 909 my life on the front line

of the ambulance service by Dan van with

he was on this morning with Philip and

Holly I really enjoyed liking that

interview actually and so I just thought

I'd mention them I've not actually got

around to reading myself but I just

thought I'd meant to them anyway he's

like just in case another sauce are

really good up-to-date information about

paramedicine

is the magazine paramedic in sight I

have been subscribed to this I've got

like I've got like three so far and I've

really enjoyed like reading them and you

can get them delivered to where you live

or you can access it online instead and

if you become a member of the college of

permits I'm just going to show you there

and that's like the professional body

for paramedics and you can become a

student member which is like discounted

or you can do what I did I became like

an associate member which is literally

something that anyone can do you'd have

to be a paramedic or anything

it's literally four pounds month I the

four pounds a month or four pounds a

quarter and really good value for money

genuinely and they publish a magazine a

once a quarter I think and that's I

think of yeah I've almost had it for a

year and I've got three so that make

sense

they have articles about sort of new

developments in procedure and equipment

and like all of that etc and they have

interviews and sort of like a day in the

life of with interest in paramedics like

in different parts of like service I

guess they also sometimes have

information about student paramedics and

study and para medicine at uni and I

read an article that was written by a

student paramedic in their first year I

think that had struggled with their

mental health after witnessing a self

traumatic incident and whilst on a

placement I found it really good it just

sort of gives you well it give me a

little bit of an insight into what it

might be like to study and so that's

really good and also these are really

good like like really up-to-date like

it's better than any well it's more

up-to-date than any of these books

obviously because they were published a

little while ago if you have a specific

question that you want answered

I really recommend joining like a

Facebook group I joined one called so

you want to be a paramedic and it well

it has like 21,000 members and you don't

have to be a permanent you don't have to

be a student is literally for anyone he

just has an interesting going into it

just maybe it's thinking about it and

they have members that are experts and

members that are full-time paramedics

that will answer your questions and it's

just like a really good space where you

can just ask what have you

related to being a paramedic also if you

do join in one of these groups and you

can get in contact with student

paramedics and full-time paramedics and

which I guess is really useful if you

don't actually know one in real life I

know that I didn't really have anyone

that was like family friends or anything

like that so I know it sounds strange it

sounds like a bit weird out of your

comfort zone too soft just go and

contact a complete stranger and ask them

for their time basically but I've done

it before like a few times and like

genuinely they've been so helpful to me

and happy to answer my questions and

that I just really recommend it in that

the last thing I want to stay on this is

probably pretty obvious and is to watch

any documentaries on telly that you can

get your hands on and my favorite ones

called ambulance is just called

ambulance by is produced by the BBC and

there have been a few seasons and you

don't even you don't even have to be

like interested in health care to enjoy

them genuinely me and my map sorry

me and my family watched them all

together and we just love them to bits

they're just really really good right so

I'm going to talk a little bit about

interviews for university university

interviews and what I'm gonna talk about

is literally just my experience I am by

no means an expert on this is literally

just me talking about how it was for me

and if you're playing paramedic science

it is almost guaranteed that you're

gonna have some sort of interview I know

they don't have interviews for every

degree course and because you will be

studying to eventually work in

healthcare and facing patients your

personality is as important probably

more important than your academic and

like achievements and your predicted

grades the university that you're

applying to is going to want to see that

you're friendly that you can communicate

well you know why you are pursuing this

career and your motivations and they're

going to want to see that you know a

little bit about the job I think it's

really likely that and the interview

that you'll have is either going to be

an MMI interview which is like a

multiple mini interview and where you go

to different stations for like a really

short amount of time like you know

something like three to eight minutes

like five minutes and where they will

sort of look for different

like traits so I went to one that had

five stations that you like move between

with like a service user so that's like

a patient that asks you questions and so

and it sort of gives you the opportunity

to show off your different sort of

skills and talents well it not talents

like treats so like depending on which

station I was that they were looking for

and like communication or if I was

empathetic or an instance where I had

done like conflict resolution like you

know depending on which station you're

out the other style of interview that

you might be faced with is a group

interview and I think this is probably

more likely I've been to two of these

and both times they're around 10 to 15

people I think that's what they usually

are of like other applicants and there

will be interviewers in the room sort of

given the group prompts and instructions

and sort of seeing how everybody

interacts together and you might think

it's a little bit done in being placed

in a group weird like a you know a big

group of strangers and but I actually

preferred it this way because the focus

isn't all on you it's a little bit more

relaxed and I think it sort of gives you

a better opportunity to sort of show

your communication skills and your

personality just a bit more naturally

and a standard interview it is easier to

sort of sit back in these sort of

interviews because the focus isn't on

you and not contribute to the likes of

the activities and the discussions and

this is just a massive mr8 because the

interviewers aren't going to be able to

see what you're like and yeah so just

push yourself to be as sort of

extroverted even though it can be a bit

uncomfortable just try and be chatty

trying you know add things don't be too

pushy obviously because they'll pick on

up on that too that you'd be in a bit

you know so a bit aggressive and

overbearing you want to make sure

yourself get a balance but you don't

want to sit quietly and garner so I am

planning on keeping this a little bit

short and sweet I will be making another

video specifically on paramedic science

interviews because I can look to talk

for ages about this subject you know

talking about you know what interviews

we'll be looking for how to prepare

yourself and so I will leave that

the video I think I don't want to

squeeze too much into this one so if

you're interested in that please let me

know you know in the comments or

something like that and and I will make

another one at some point I think so

if you are interested in study and

paramedic science becoming a paramedic

hi super exciting an interesting sort of

area to go into an ingest and part of

medicine and said like well done for

choosing it I guess are well done for

thinking about choosing it it's just

really exciting and I literally only

made this video because this is exactly

what I would have been looking for about

a year ago about two years ago so

instead of sort of struggling to find

the soul out by myself and so yeah

anything that I've referenced in this

video I will leave in like I will you

know attach in the description or

something like that to help you just to

let you know in case you're interested

other topics I'm planning on making

videos about right now and videos about

paramedic science interviews like what I

just said and what work experience and

other things you can sort of do to put

yourself in a good place I'm sort of

thinking maybe if you're in like you're

10 are and you're already thinking about

it sort of what and things you can put

on like you know your CV or your

personal statement that will be good for

paramedic science and last thing would

be personal statements I don't know

whether that'll be useful to people so

if you want that then let me know

because paramedic science I didn't get

very much advice from my school for

paramedic science and personal

statements because I guess it is quite a

like a specific like degree it's not as

broad as like maths or biology

so yeah if you have any questions or

suggestions please comment on the video

or you can direct message me on

Instagram and my Instagram name is Lucy

PPP I'll be super happy to try and help

you I like to try and point you in in

the direction of someone who can help

you and so thank you so much for

watching and hopefully I will make you

another video soon