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08-08-2012, 12:06 AM
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I'm a HSE Manager for a medium-large industrial employer. After majoring in a science program I switched to health and safety. Still schooling part time however.
Are you actually Walter White?

I'm a 23 year old history-education double major at the University of Lethbridge, so pursuing both a Bachelors of Arts & Education. Going into my second year, since I decided to spend 4 years in full time construction (drywall, entirely in taping & texture), and worked in it since I was 15, anyway. Back in Calgary for the summer, doing construction again, until the end of this month at which point, I hope I never step foot on another construction site again.

Aside from that, Ducksauce and I drink buurz at Brewsters every once in a while.

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Did that my first year... Dropped after first term and transferred into Business. Good luck my friend.
Thanks. I've been covering a lot of the first year material (C++, Linear Algebra, Chem, Fluid Mechanics) this summer so I feel really prepared for first year (or at least I will by the end of August). But business is my fall back as well. Maybe a concentration in Management Information Systems or Energy Management.

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Im 20, a recent graduate from SAIT. Considering heading over to UofC for 2 years to complete my BoCommunications.

I am currently a freelance web developer, graphic designer and social/competitive internet marketer.

I also work with a web design outfit here in downtown Calgary for larger client projects.

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http://www.infinityorion.com
i live in Edmonton, is that the equivalent to N.A.I.T?

and currently im 17, jsut graduated high school and work at staples... i plan to go back to school for landscaping (4 years) then for carpentry (3 years) then onto business school (someone told me 2-4 years idk to be honest)

so i'm going to be doing 9 - 11 years


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08-08-2012, 12:24 AM
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Damn, dude. If you lived in Edmonton (like this displaced Flames fan), I'd definitely use you for a roof on a large rental property. Can't find decent and reliable trades up here without paying two arms and a leg.
lol i know how you feel but i still wear the flaming c with pride lol

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08-08-2012, 12:25 AM
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Thanks. I've been covering a lot of the first year material (C++, Linear Algebra, Chem, Fluid Mechanics) this summer so I feel really prepared for first year (or at least I will by the end of August). But business is my fall back as well. Maybe a concentration in Management Information Systems or Energy Management.
Solid fall back strategy. I have a couple friends in both streams.

The toughest courses for me were fluid mechanics and statics and dynamics (although I think they changed the class to just dynamics).

Linear algebra was a definite break from the other classes, as it has the smallest workload.

One tip is to work with your peers and study with them. It'll definitely help you get through the year.

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Solid fall back strategy. I have a couple friends in both streams.

The toughest courses for me were fluid mechanics and statics and dynamics (although I think they changed the class to just dynamics).

Linear algebra was a definite break from the other classes, as it has the smallest workload.

One tip is to work with your peers and study with them. It'll definitely help you get through the year.
All the tough courses you mentioned are second semester. Everyone I talk to says the same thing so I'm trying to prepare as best i can for them.

Plenty of friends going into first year with me so plenty of people I can study with.

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08-08-2012, 12:59 AM
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22 and working as an EMR graduating to EMT in 7 months. Mostly work out of town in Sundre/Three Hills. Been doing this for nearly 2 years as a graduate of SAIT's program.

Hope to be a part of the Alberta STARS program or as a field medic (thought about the Army) but seeing as I'm not the primary in an ambulance yet, might be a while before I'm in a helicopter… say, ten years. :p

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Interesting. I just recently completed the EMR program through SAIT and appear to have the same aspirations as you! How have you found it so far?

In the meantime I am working part time for mothers privatized company in social services.

Oh, and I am 20 years old.

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Dang, you guys make me feel incompetent lol.. I'm 20, and currently working as a supervisor at an oil recycling facility.. Nothing special, dirty as hell, but pay is great. I really want to go to college or uni, but I really have no clue for what, i wanted to take time off to figure out what I wanted to do, but suffice it to say, I've been stuck in the real world longer than I wanted.

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Dang, you guys make me feel incompetent lol.. I'm 20, and currently working as a supervisor at an oil recycling facility.. Nothing special, dirty as hell, but pay is great. I really want to go to college or uni, but I really have no clue for what, i wanted to take time off to figure out what I wanted to do, but suffice it to say, I've been stuck in the real world longer than I wanted.
This seems to still be the best way to go. I certainly wish I would have taken a year off and actually figure out what I wanted to do. I wish more people would do this, because picking your future when you're 17/18 is a tough decision to make.

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Interesting. I just recently completed the EMR program through SAIT and appear to have the same aspirations as you! How have you found it so far?

In the meantime I am working part time for mothers privatized company in social services.

Oh, and I am 20 years old.
Took the 2-year program out of SAIT too?

I find it great - it's what I've always wanted to do, and my family has a history of finding their way into medical/emergency response professions, from lab work to field medics, etc. No pressure though.

To be dead honest, it's pretty rough and exhausting. It's an extreme usually between dull moments and high-adrenaline situations. Not to mention, in your first few years before transitioning to EMT you will have to do the legwork out in the sticks to get experience as not many provincial programs hire off the bat (AKA not immediately working in say, Lethbridge/Calgary/Edmonton's municipal services). But once you get settled in, hopefully with municipal services, it's a bit easier. You have a more reliable schedule, the pay's better, etc. But nearly everyone does have to do some heavy lifting during their EMR years. I'm almost there.

I'd like to ask, if you're thinking of continuing on like I have if you've had a chance to work as a volunteer at Peter Lougheed? It's a great way to set up, since you get a real feel for the parameters of a career in emergency response.

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This seems to still be the best way to go. I certainly wish I would have taken a year off and actually figure out what I wanted to do. I wish more people would do this, because picking your future when you're 17/18 is a tough decision to make.
I'm 20 and it's still tough, I'm starting to sense a direction, but my one year ended up being two, and if I don't figure my **** out now, it'll be three lol.. My biggest problem was putting myself into a position where I have to work full time to live and enjoy myself, I would not recommend moving on your own in that year off lol, it's going to be a hard transition from having cash on hand, working everyday to being broke in college, although my treaty rights just might help with that haha.. Oh well, life goes on.

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Took the 2-year program out of SAIT too?

I find it great - it's what I've always wanted to do, and my family has a history of finding their way into medical/emergency response professions, from lab work to field medics, etc. No pressure though.

To be dead honest, it's pretty rough and exhausting. It's an extreme usually between dull moments and high-adrenaline situations. Not to mention, in your first few years before transitioning to EMT you will have to do the legwork out in the sticks to get experience as not many provincial programs hire off the bat (AKA not immediately working in say, Lethbridge/Calgary/Edmonton's municipal services). But once you get settled in, hopefully with municipal services, it's a bit easier. You have a more reliable schedule, the pay's better, etc. But nearly everyone does have to do some heavy lifting during their EMR years. I'm almost there.

I'd like to ask, if you're thinking of continuing on like I have if you've had a chance to work as a volunteer at Peter Lougheed? It's a great way to set up, since you get a real feel for the parameters of a career in emergency response.
Yes. That sounds very similar to what I have heard from a few others I have spoken too as well.

The goal as it stands now (certainly not set in stone at this point) is to follow a very similar path to which you have been on the past two years. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to volunteer at Peter Lougheed, but that will definitely be something I will look into shortly.

May I ask how long you volunteered for? It certainly sounds as if it was a necessary step for yourself.

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08-08-2012, 02:15 AM
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Yes. That sounds very similar to what I have heard from a few others I have spoken too as well.

The goal as it stands now (certainly not set in stone at this point) is to follow a very similar path to which you have been on the past two years. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to volunteer at Peter Lougheed, but that will definitely be something I will look into shortly.

May I ask how long you volunteered for? It certainly sounds as if it was a necessary step for yourself.
Well, when I volunteered I was actually in high school (grades 10-11) so there was actually a program set up via my career counsellor at school. Not sure if you get the same luxury seeing as you're already a "mature student", but try to get in for a 3/4 month stint if they'll have you? If not, you'll want to look into ride-along programs in Calgary.

Anyways, it's really enlightening in a lot of ways, but sometimes you will have to spin things yourself into a positive light. For instance, I was able to participate in 3 stints. One was waiting room/patient management, and the other two were in IC. I really started to learn about not just the important things such as calculation and application of medication but the dark side of burnout and emotional detachment as opposed to professional emotional detachment.

All in all, I wish you good luck. In this line of work, there's no thing like the real thing so I suggest you try and get some practical experience as soon as you feel you're ready. My number one piece of advice: No matter how hectic the present situation is, try and take a step back mentally and don't rush anything in the learning process.


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Well, when I volunteered I was actually in high school (grades 10-11) so there was actually a program set up via my career counsellor at school. Not sure if you get the same luxury seeing as you're already a "mature student", but try to get in for a 3/4 month stint if they'll have you? If not, you'll want to look into ride-along programs in Calgary.
Hmm that's interesting, I wish I was made aware of that opportunity during high school.

I have definitely looked into the ride-along programs, but have yet to take the initiative to go about doing so since finishing the program . A few off my classmates have since done so, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks for the insight, it is certainly appreciated!
Best of luck moving forward as well when you graduate to EMT status!

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I have definitely looked into the ride-along programs, but have yet to take the initiative to go about doing so since finishing the program . A few off my classmates have since done so, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks for the insight, it is certainly appreciated!
Best of luck moving forward as well when you graduate to EMT status!
Haha, well, there's no time like the present to get initiated into it.

It's my pleasure, I'm hardly a veteran but if I can provide even a little bit of info I'm glad to do so. I'm really looking forward to my EMT certification.

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Ya I've heard that you gain a lot more necessary material in the course, that you miss out on in the apprenticeship program as well. Thanks for the advice, really helpful actually.
I'm happy i could help because Instrumentation is a great field but is not properly displayed like some fields like electricity, alot of time when you say your going in instrumentation people will ask questions like what's that or what instrument do you play but I will tell you this i highly recommend the field. The thing i like the most about it is the fact that you will rarely ever be doing the same thing so you dont fall into routines which is something i love about this field

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Are you actually Walter White?

I'm a 23 year old history-education double major at the University of Lethbridge, so pursuing both a Bachelors of Arts & Education. Going into my second year, since I decided to spend 4 years in full time construction (drywall, entirely in taping & texture), and worked in it since I was 15, anyway. Back in Calgary for the summer, doing construction again, until the end of this month at which point, I hope I never step foot on another construction site again.

Aside from that, Ducksauce and I drink buurz at Brewsters every once in a while.
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When I read this initially I was like "twelve?!" but having thought about it, I was on message boards at about 14 or 15 so it really isn't that shocking I guess lol. I just always assumed you were older because you come across as a lot more mature than a lot of posters on HF. Also you're a mod

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Dang, you guys make me feel incompetent lol.. I'm 20, and currently working as a supervisor at an oil recycling facility.. Nothing special, dirty as hell, but pay is great. I really want to go to college or uni, but I really have no clue for what, i wanted to take time off to figure out what I wanted to do, but suffice it to say, I've been stuck in the real world longer than I wanted.
I was in this position not too long ago. I originally decided that taking a year off after high school would be a good idea, but one year turned into two turned into three before I finally got back into it. It sucked, honestly looking back I kind of wish I hadn't had to go through the process of working crappy jobs just because I didn't know what else to do, but in the long run it's probably for the best. I'm glad I didn't just waste away time at school with no real motive.

I'm sure that you'll find something you're passionate about or at least interested in, and then it'll make that decision a lot easier.

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Well I'm bloody old then. Lol. I'm 36, married with 2 sons already and a 3rd on the way. Been a Flames fan since the early 80's. Moved from Calgary to southeastern Saskatchewan 3 years ago. Currently the Kitchen Manager of a busy bar & grill.

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I was in this position not too long ago. I originally decided that taking a year off after high school would be a good idea, but one year turned into two turned into three before I finally got back into it. It sucked, honestly looking back I kind of wish I hadn't had to go through the process of working crappy jobs just because I didn't know what else to do, but in the long run it's probably for the best. I'm glad I didn't just waste away time at school with no real motive.

I'm sure that you'll find something you're passionate about or at least interested in, and then it'll make that decision a lot easier.
FWIW, I took a year off (after highschool) and worked full time. Saved up enough to pay for 2 years of school and then went back (hooray for no loans!), I also used the year off to figure out what I actually wanted to do.

So taking a year off was really positive for me.

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Interesting to see that most people fall around my age bracket. I thought for sure I would be amongst the older group.

23, just graduated with a B.A. Economics from the UofS. Just moved back to Calgary, unemployed and looking for a job related to my field.

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