A PARAMEDIC hoped to inspire students at Stratford College to embark on a life-saving career, when he dropped in to talk about his experience with the ambulance service.
Former health and social care student James Barry spoke to students about the benefits of a career as a paramedic and the many patients he has treated in different locations.
He also provided equipment for students to practise techniques with.
James graduated from the college in 2015 and immediately joined the ambulance service as a student paramedic, in an on-the-job training role.
He said: “The job is obviously very rewarding and I love it because I get to make a difference. I’ve never liked the idea of sitting in an office all day.
“I need to be out and about, not knowing what I’ll be responding to next.
“My family are all in the emergency services – mainly the police. I wanted to follow in their footsteps and I soon realised that I prefer the medical field.”
He praised the course which allowed him to take on work placements with an ambulance crew while still studying.
He added: “I can’t fault the lecturers at the college. They always push you to achieve your very best.”