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Paramedic vs. Psychiatrist

Which ultimately be the better career, becoming a paramedic or psychiatrist? One is easier to become and the other is not, I really just need advice.

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Kim’s Answer

Fabian,

Some help on the pro's and con's (probably oversimplified, but hope it helps!)

desk work/ moving about
solo/team work
civilian attire/uniform
regular hours/shift work (shift work is great because you can go camping when everyone else is at work, but makes it hard to see friends and family sometimes)
calm/adrelinine rush (emergency services is calm/stress/stress/stress/boring.. ... you never know!
Thank you comment icon Ok well I think I made my choice...that pros and cons list was the best. Excitement is the best part of life and I really want to save people so I think becoming a Paramedic would be the best choice for me. Fabian
Thank you comment icon As you get older you might change your thinking, but I agree, for a young person, it's nice to be able to move around a little. Once you get started, give some thought to career options - management, training, etc, I liked training new police officers - I wanted them to be as good as me :-) !! Best of luck! Kim Igleheart
Thank you comment icon Thank you and I hope you have an amazing day! :) Fabian
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Kelsie’s Answer

Hi Fabian !

First off Congrats on having direction on your life and career choices ! I will pose this question to you while you make your decision , Which one do you foresee your self being happiest in ? Like waking up everyday to do enthusiastically , when you are tired and have nothing left in you ? Throw out whats the easiest and go with what you feel most passionate about and called to . Both have different pros and cons that will ultimately blend together so What do You want to do ? What comes to you naturally . Thats the choice . Good Luck buddy !
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Suchitha’s Answer

Hey! That’s a tough decision, but take your own time to learn and decide if you want to pursue that career.
As far as I can help, I’m a doctor who is going to pursue psychiatry residency, I have worked under psychiatrists and learnt about the lifestyle and work. You have to make up your mind to be able to see patients everyday, listen and talk to them each for an hour or so, and if you are a kind of person who doesn’t enjoy talking or have less patience, then it is probably not for you. You need to be strong enough not to get empathy burnout, On the other hand, the physician burnout is less compared to other fields of medicine, and there is Job satisfaction definitely,
Make a pros and cons list and decide wisely.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, a list of pros and cons for both would be the best way to ultimately decide my career of choice. Thank you so much for answering my question! Fabian
Thank you comment icon I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. Will
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Laraine’s Answer

After reading the above, she gave great advice. I'm not qualified for this answer. Stay motivated and know what you decide, you got it, no matter how hard, because you are SMART.
Best of luck.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Laraine for the advice. Fabian
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