Katy – Emergency medical technician
I took maths, biology and physics A-levels at school in North London. Maths and science were always my strongest subjects but I had no idea of what I wanted to do career wise. But I was good at physics so I saw it as an easy option at University.
I did a BSc (Hons) in Physics at Manchester University for 3 years and I absolutely loved it. I was a very average student academically but I made some really good friends. Yet I still had no idea what I wanted to do for a job but something business orientated seemed a good idea.
So I completed a Finance MA at Manchester University over one year, which was very much a much maths based course – calculating the likely future values of shares, the turnovers of certain businesses, budgets etc.
Further down the line, I applied to be an emergency medical technician (EMT). On an ambulance there should be, in theory, an EMT and a paramedic, and they alternate driving and attending but if you call for an ambulance it could be that you get one with two EMTs or two paramedics. We all do the same calls, births, deaths, car crashes, and most commonly the jobs involving the elderly or drunks! The preliminary course was 4 months long and had lots of exams – even a bit of maths, chemistry and biology involved when doing drug dosages and obviously anatomy and respiration.
I have been a technician for nearly two years and I genuinely think that I use a lot of what I learnt in the past, today, definitely in regards to maths. I definitely think that once you have that skill you never lose it. Incidentally I’m now 31.