Paramedic earns his new 'stripes'
FOR most people graduating means throwing their mortarboard hats into the air, for Jason Lockyer it meant attaching some new epaulettes to his paramedics uniform and getting on with the job.
Mr Lockyer, an Advanced Care Paramedic, finished his degree in October.
University students often have to juggle a part-time job and their classes, paramedics have to juggle studying with working 12-hour shifts in busy ambulance stations.
"I have been studying for two-and-a-half years plus working," he said.
"I started in Brisbane, then Toowoomba and for the last year I've been in Warwick.
"We get assigned a mentor who we work with out on the road and the mentors in Warwick have been fantastic.
"I have been treated as nothing but an equal since I came here; it has certainly given me more confidence.
"They are very supportive and willing to help."
Mr Lockyer said juggling the two was not always easy.
"It is a sense of relief to graduate," he said.
"For the last two-and-a-half years, if I wasn't studying I was working."
Mr Lockyer spent several years as a computer technician before he discovered his calling.
"It is a rewarding job," he said. "It is funny what you find to be the most rewarding though.
"It is often the smaller jobs, like helping an old lady fix something in her house."
During the past year the paramedic has fallen in love with Warwick.
"It is a great place," he said.
"I love the town, the people and the climate."
Ambos do Movember
The Warwick paramedics are in the early stages of moustache growing.