Two former Public Services students inspired groups of current students to achieve their career aspirations via Zoom on 13 and 15 January.

Chitchalena Charvetto, who is currently in her third year of paramedic science at university, and Ross Orpin, an experienced paramedic, shared their career experiences and the potential routes into employment through the webinar. Chitchalena has already attended events as first aid support, taught army cadets first aid and is currently the manager of a COVID testing centre. She is also studying to complete her degree, as well as completing a work placement with the ambulance service.

Ross has been with the South East Coast Ambulance Service for 10 years, starting his career as an emergency call handler before progressing to studying paramedic science at university. He hopes to become a HART paramedic (Hazardous Area Response Team who attend major incidents). They shared more about the different parts of the spine, as well as the vital PPE ambulance staff have to wear during call outs and some real-life scenarios they have encountered.

Student Kerry Batt said “Currently my class is studying the paramedic science module, and we had an amazing opportunity to speak to two former students who are studying and working as paramedics.

I enjoyed hearing and learning about a future job role that I aspire to. I hope to speak to them soon within this module to learn more about the ambulance service.”

Neil Hemstead, curriculum manager for Public Services & Sport, said

“It’s so inspiring for our current students to see the progression and career paths of previous students. Chitchalena and Ross encouraged our students to consider all of their career options, as well as providing them with real life scenarios that they have encountered!

We would like to thank them for their time, and wish them the best in their future careers.”

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