Craig Makes ‘Healthy’ Career Choice

Eighteen year old Craig McIntyre from Clydebank, left school at the age of sixteen to study Intermediate 1 Preparation to Health and Social Care. Now in his fourth year at the College, Craig is studying Higher Health and Social Care with the ambition of becoming a paramedic.

Craig said, “Staying on at high school isn’t for everyone and I knew that leaving school at the age of sixteen was the best choice for me, as I wasn’t reaching my potential there.

Being a paramedic is always something I’ve wanted to do and being in the Cadets where we did quite a bit of first aid certainly gave me a taster for it. So with a little help from my careers officer at school I decided to apply for the Intermediate 1 in Health and Social Care.

I’ve being studying Health and Social Care for four years now and I really enjoy it; that’s not to say I haven’t come across some challenges along the way. I’ve found certain aspects of the course difficult - in particular the higher human biology unit; but the staff are tremendously supportive offering additional help and guidance when needed.

I’m looking forward to going on to complete my HNC level next year then hopefully progressing on to study a Paramedics course at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The best part about the course has to be the placement; it really helped me realise the relevancy of what we learn in class. You are looked at as one of the team and put into real life situations that can be stressful and require you to think on the spot; putting the theory into practice makes a real difference.

There’s definitely a stigma attached to the Health and Social Care industry, that it’s a female oriented job which is real shame.  I’ve been treated exactly the same as my female counter-parts and my advice to any men wanting to do this course is to ignore the stereotype and just go for it.

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