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Career Dilemma...  
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 944 times:

Hmmm.... ok guys, you're help would be appreciated!

Well, having turned 18 yesterday, a whole load of new doors have just opened in terms of my career that I will be embarking on after completion of my A-Levels.

Im really enthusiastic at present to join the Ambulance service (NHS Big grin )which would lead to a degree in Paramedic Science, eventually.

But now that ive hit this age, I can also legally apply for a Trainee Air Traffic Controller position with NATS here in the UK.

I had always wanted to head into aviation, and am obviously still a big fan of this immense hobby! But what shall I do? There's no harm in applying for all the career routes possible... is there?!


Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
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User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Well Tom,

Its just a question on where you see yourself in the long run. Would you like to work with your hobby (ATC) or Take a new route and work with the NHS? and still have your hobby there?,

Look for the long run...  Smile

Kazo


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 935 times:

Apply everywhere and keep your options open. It is no use applying just to one, in case you get rejected; you need as many routes as possible.

Either way, good luck!



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User currently offlineCraigW From South Africa, joined Aug 2005, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 905 times:

Perhaps you should consider medical school from the outset. Being a Dr. can be very rewarding with diverse specialist fields from Trauma through to Psychiatry .Quite a long course though approx 7 yrs plus 4 yrs to specialiase, but don't let that get you down.

Craig


User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 892 times:

Back when I was 18 I applied to join ATC and went for all the tests down at Bournmouth - they lasted a full day and included appitude tests as well as a lengthy interview.

Needless to say I didn't quite make the grade, but I was on the reserve list (which didn't actually lead to anything!)

I had my heart set on it and, as you could imagine, my dreams were shattered, so I had to dust myself off, pick myself up and go and do something else.

I ended up doing what I'm doing now (accountancy) and I'm glad in a way as I don't know if I could have coped with all the stress.

My advice is, apply for everything, set your heart on nothing, and you'll get what you want in the end.

Just my £0.02 fom a  grumpy   old  man!

AE733



It's nice to fly with friends
User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 881 times:

My Husband is a Paramedic with the Local Ambulance Authority and has worked very hard to get where he is now.

Since the Agenda for Change their pay has improved and there are more opportunities within the service than ever before.

And as Pilot Kas quite rightly points out you can still enjoy your hobby whilst
working towards your goal.

A lot of commitment will be ahead of you if you choose to go in this direction ,but saying that, I know how rewarding it is for him !

 wave 


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 872 times:

Working in your hobby field is a double-edged sword, work can get you down at times and this might ruin your hobby, hobbies are a good way of coping with the stress of work, which is why I don't work as a fisherman  Wink

User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 865 times:

Quoting Atco2b (Thread starter):
Career Dilemma...

What exactly is your dilemma? It sounds like you're at the perfect point in your life for anything you want to do.



Crye me a river
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 862 times:

Interesting. I'm been working in ambulances for 27 years and it's time to retire. I'm a registered nurse, paramedic, and hold the position of Assistant Chief. I want to get into an aviation as my next career.

Emergency medical services in the UK are developing and growing quickly. Remember...just 15 years ago they were called "ambulancemen" and bearly had any training. Look at them now. They've come a long way.

Mark


User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 825 times:

Thanks for all your comments people!

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 1):

Its just a question on where you see yourself in the long run.

Exactly... gotta have a long think about it all!

Quoting CraigW (Reply 3):
Perhaps you should consider medical school from the outset. Being a Dr. can be very rewarding with diverse specialist fields from Trauma through to Psychiatry .Quite a long course though approx 7 yrs plus 4 yrs to specialiase, but don't let that get you down.

Im not that bloody clever Big grin
Plus, working in a hospital doesnt really interest me; I'd prefer to be out on the road.

Quoting AirEuropeUK733 (Reply 4):
I had my heart set on it and, as you could imagine, my dreams were shattered, so I had to dust myself off, pick myself up and go and do something else.

Sorry to hear about that  Sad These things happen, and that's why im taking Martin's advice...

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 2):
...Apply everywhere and keep your options open. It is no use applying just to one, in case you get rejected; you need as many routes as possible.



Quoting ABfemme (Reply 5):
Since the Agenda for Change their pay has improved and there are more opportunities within the service than ever before.

And that's what attracts me to the Service! With ever-changing technology (but maybe not working conditions Big grin) the time to join has come!

Quoting ABfemme (Reply 5):
A lot of commitment will be ahead of you if you choose to go in this direction ,but saying that, I know how rewarding it is for him !

Its a very rewarding career, and the variety of the job also attracts me.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 6):
Working in your hobby field is a double-edged sword, work can get you down at times and this might ruin your hobby, hobbies are a good way of coping with the stress of work, which is why I don't work as a fisherman

:D Could get a bit boring I suppose...!

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 7):
What exactly is your dilemma? It sounds like you're at the perfect point in your life for anything you want to do.

That's what my family have been drumming into me for the last 18 or so years  Wink

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 8):
Emergency medical services in the UK are developing and growing quickly. Remember...just 15 years ago they were called "ambulancemen" and bearly had any training. Look at them now. They've come a long way.

Exactly! A great career-path me thinks...

Well, thanks for your support!
I'll keep you posted!



Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 824 times:

Quoting Atco2b (Reply 9):
the time to join has come!

Great, glad I could be of some help along with the gang

Claire


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 821 times:

Choose the Job you'll enjoy from the heart,as long as it helps make ends meet & get some Savings too.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
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