Work Experience for 15 year old wanting to become Paramedic

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At the end of Y10, my school are making us do work experience - although I do not think it is a good idea to be doing work experience this early, especially with COVID, aswell as 15 year olds being heavily restricted with what they can do. I was wondering what would be useful work experience for someone looking to become a paramedic in future. I can get to London, if this helps. Also, in terms of my future career path, what A-Levels do I take, if any? And if so, would my BSc be in Paramedical Science?
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At the end of Y10, my school are making us do work experience - although I do not think it is a good idea to be doing work experience this early, especially with COVID, aswell as 15 year olds being heavily restricted with what they can do. I was wondering what would be useful work experience for someone looking to become a paramedic in future. I can get to London, if this helps. Also, in terms of my future career path, what A-Levels do I take, if any? And if so, would my BSc be in Paramedical Science?
Hi there.
You could look at volunteering in a care home if possible. Here you can develop key skills, such as good communication skills, patience and empathy, which paramedics require.

In terms of A levels I believe you need at least one science A level.

Best wishes for the future.
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Hi

At the end of Y10, my school are making us do work experience - although I do not think it is a good idea to be doing work experience this early, especially with COVID, aswell as 15 year olds being heavily restricted with what they can do. I was wondering what would be useful work experience for someone looking to become a paramedic in future. I can get to London, if this helps. Also, in terms of my future career path, what A-Levels do I take, if any? And if so, would my BSc be in Paramedical Science?
Doing work experience in Year 10 is very common... Year 11 is way more GCSE focused to be doing this, while Year 10 is easing into the course. The NHS Teaching Hospital near me are doing things for Year 10-Year 13 (I'm in Year 10), work placements as well as virtual zoom calls

Also work experience in Year 10 doesn't really matter, universities won't really care what you did in secondary pre-GCSE, my teachers have even suggested working in fields I may never get the chance to again!#

As for A-Levels, UCAS says biology is most important!
https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/paramedic-science
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Doing work experience in Year 10 is very common... Year 11 is way more GCSE focused to be doing this, while Year 10 is easing into the course. The NHS Teaching Hospital near me are doing things for Year 10-Year 13 (I'm in Year 10), work placements as well as virtual zoom calls

Also work experience in Year 10 doesn't really matter, universities won't really care what you did in secondary pre-GCSE, my teachers have even suggested working in fields I may never get the chance to again!#

As for A-Levels, UCAS says biology is most important!
https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/paramedic-science
Thanks for the advice - this is very helpful
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I wonder if you could spend time in an ambulance service contact centre? Might be worth exploring whether this is possible?
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I wonder if you could spend time in an ambulance service contact centre? Might be worth exploring whether this is possible?
I love your ambition. Yes I think that'd be a great to gain important skills such as patience, good communication skills and remaining calm under pressure.
I believe you may need a DBS to do that however I'm not sure how you would access such an opportunity. I am aware that ambulance call handlers require specialist training however I think that shadowing, talking to and learning from call handlers experiences would also be very beneficial.

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I love your ambition. Yes I think that'd be a great to gain important skills such as patience, good communication skills and remaining calm under pressure.
I believe you may need a DBS to do that however I'm not sure how you would access such an opportunity. I am aware that ambulance call handlers require specialist training however I think that shadowing, talking to and learning from call handlers experiences would also be very beneficial.

Best wishes.
It was more in the context of being exposed to the environment whilst being supervised (admin, shadowing people etc), I wouldn't be expecting them to become call handlers in a two week work experience slot, that would be incredibly ambitious! :lol:

I was just wondering if it would be a better opportunity to explore as they won't usually take on 15-16 year olds in clinical environments for a couple of weeks work experience.

The volunteering in a care home would also require DBS checks and would probably require them to be 16+ or even 18+ depending on individual policy. One hospital I trained at did take on A level age students in voluntary roles (dishing out teas and meals etc), many of whom were hoping to apply for med.
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It was more in the context of being exposed to the environment whilst being supervised (admin, shadowing people etc), I wouldn't be expecting them to become call handlers in a two week work experience slot, that would be incredibly ambitious! :lol:

I was just wondering if it would be a better opportunity to explore as they won't usually take on 15-16 year olds in clinical environments for a couple of weeks work experience.

The volunteering in a care home would also require DBS checks and would probably require them to be 16+ or even 18+ depending on individual policy. One hospital I trained at did take on A level age students in voluntary roles (dishing out teas and meals etc), many of whom were hoping to apply for med.
Oh great, I just didn't want to mislead you or anyone that's all. You could also look at volunteering at a school with disabled children, although I didn't get chance to do it, as that was something highlighted by my careers advisor.

Your dedication to gaining experience at such a young age is admirable.
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Oh great, I just didn't want to mislead you or anyone that's all. You could also look at volunteering at a school with disabled children, although I didn't get chance to do it, as that was something highlighted by my careers advisor.

Your dedication to gaining experience at such a young age is admirable.
Best wishes
Thanks for your kind words, bit I'm not the OP, I'm trying to make some suggestions to the OP as well.

I'm actually a charge nurse in the NHS.
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Hi

At the end of Y10, my school are making us do work experience - although I do not think it is a good idea to be doing work experience this early, especially with COVID, aswell as 15 year olds being heavily restricted with what they can do. I was wondering what would be useful work experience for someone looking to become a paramedic in future. I can get to London, if this helps. Also, in terms of my future career path, what A-Levels do I take, if any? And if so, would my BSc be in Paramedical Science?
Your first port of call should be researching how to become a paramedic to get an idea of the kinds of things you might need experience in. Use sites such as Prospects, TargetCareers, TargetJobs and the NHS.
Paramedic job advert: https://www.sja.org.uk/careers-at-sj...-detail/150438
Paramedic career profiles:
https://targetcareers.co.uk/923601-paramedic
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/paramedic
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

Take a look at the opportunities St John's Ambulance have on offer for people your age:
https://www.sja.org.uk/get-involved/...ts-ages-10-17/

When you're 16/17 you might be able to get work experience in one of your local hospitals. I shadowed a junior doctor for a week as part of my local NHS trust program, and accompanied them on ward rounds which was very interesting.
https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/work-experience
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/car...ing-experience

Try contacting your local GP surgeries to ask about work experience opportunities as well.
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At the end of Y10, my school are making us do work experience - although I do not think it is a good idea to be doing work experience this early, especially with COVID, aswell as 15 year olds being heavily restricted with what they can do. I was wondering what would be useful work experience for someone looking to become a paramedic in future. I can get to London, if this helps. Also, in terms of my future career path, what A-Levels do I take, if any? And if so, would my BSc be in Paramedical Science?
Why don't you join St. Johns ambulance society? learn a bit of first aid and vice versa.
Sometimes you do not necessarily need clinical experience to make you stand out for your application.
It could be something that you observed in your family (i.e how the paramedics dealt with a situation).
You can take BTEC - its sometimes looked down upon BUT it is flexible and actually prepares you for real work too.
I come from BTEC and now I am doing a MSc, regret nothing.
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