Lachlan – Paramedic Science - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Lachlan – Paramedic Science

"Throughout my early high school years, I was not sure what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I wanted to work in a fast-paced industry with a lot of variation.

"I decided farming drew me and I wanted to finish Year 11 and 12 at a farm college up north. But mid-way through Year 11, I decided I wanted something more suitable to my aspirations. I was given the chance to do a two-day program for students at the Maryborough hospital, which led me to aim for a career in health care. In Year 12 I did a placement through my school where I was riding along in an ambulance, seeing how their day to day life was. After that moment, I knew that I wanted to be a paramedic.

"Upon telling people what I wanted to do, I received a lot of negative feedback, saying I would not be able to attend university and that I would not make it through. I was in Year 12 at the time, and it was too late to change into OP courses, so I finished school and spent the next three years working in retail before deciding to move to the Sunshine Coast.

"When I arrived on the Sunshine Coast in 2016 I worked in retail for 6 months, and decided it was time to push aside the negativity and do what I had dreamed of doing for years, and attend university. I had heard there was an option of undergoing a Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP), which is a program at university that gives you a rank to help towards getting into your chosen degree and to prepare you for university workload and life. After completing TPP and having an amazing time, I decided to apply for the Bachelor of Paramedic Science. Not long after, I received the email offering me a position.

"Now I am halfway through my degree and upon completion I am considering enrolling into a Bachelor of Nursing Science, which will give me further options in the health care field. My main aspiration is to progress through the ambulance service by undergoing further studies, then either moving on to do further studies in medicine or to work in rescue helicopters. My other aspiration would be to teach in the paramedic area at university."