Help Is On The Way When You Become A Paramedic

If you care about others and you want to make a difference, then looking at providing emergency care to those who need it most is a natural fit. It’s a demanding job, it can be both emotionally and physically tough. But for those dedicated, that’s a price worth paying. So, what do you need to do to be the help on the way?

Get your basic training

An emergency medical technician might not need the full trip to medical school, but don’t doubt that you’re going to have to get some further education. Basic training can take anywhere from six months to two years to complete, based on where you take it. Some, for instance, will teach you CPR amongst the coursework and the hands-on training on operating field equipment like strobe lights and immobilization gear. With others, you might be required to have prior knowledge and qualifications in basic first aid. EMT training is available at a broad spectrum of educational organizations, from universities to city colleges.

Get certified

To get a career as an EMT, you have to get certified. Depending on which state you’re in, this means taking either a state or national licensing exam. It’s not just the kind of exam you can cram for then forget, either. To keep working as a paramedic, you will be required to take the certification exam again every two years. But that doesn’t mean if you fail once that the door is closed. In most states, you get three attempts before you might be asked to take a remedial course to ensure you’re ready.

Finding work experience

In a lot of industries, getting work experience can be a difficulty. However, if you contact local crews while you’re in the middle of your education, many of them will get the ball rolling early on your end. That way, you can ensure that there is work experience waiting for you when you get certified. That experience is essential. You might be able to demonstrate that you have the skills necessary, but then you have to show that you’re willing and able to work in one of the busiest fields in the world of healthcare.

Keep educating

You’re going to have to get used to dusting the books off as an EMT. Not only because you have to take the recertification exam so often, but also because there are a lot of ways you can further specialize your career with education and training that helps you work in specific niches. You can specialize in fields like trauma management, treating patients who need extra or specific forms of care from the average, the treatment of cardiac emergencies and the like. If you want your career to go further, you have to be prepared to invest the effort and time in building your skillset.

The work of a paramedic can lead to an incredibly broad and varied career. Whether you’re on the road or facilitating those doing great work as a station manager of a Director of Operations, every single person in those services is needed. If you really want to become a paramedic, now is the time.

Make a Mountain of Cash through Renting

Becoming a landlord and making the most of the buy-to-let market is a tantalising prospect for many people who wish to combine their love for renovating property and their love for generating income. If you have an interest in both of these activities, as well as an interest in mountains and mountaineering, then why not combine them all and invest in buy-to-let properties near a mountain range?

It makes practical sense as there is a big call for people wanting to relocate near to a mountain site. This is because of the fact that doing so mixes the opportunities to remain in a city-like environment, whilst still offering breathtaking views every morning as if you had in fact decided to up sticks and live off the grid. Living near a mountain may also be a big draw because of the fact that there is a huge, natural place to explore on their doorstep all year round and maybe even snowboarding opportunities during the winter months. There are also great health benefits to doing so too. For one, having a huge mountain looming over you day in, day out is going to be enough inspiration for anybody to want to get active; as well as this, science has concluded that spending so much time in high altitudes is a sure-fire way to lower the risk of obesity and fight heart disease, and you can’t argue with science.

So, if you’re looking for your next rental opportunity, or wanting to get on the rental ladder for the first time, then look no further than properties in areas that sit in front of a mountain. One of America’s favourite mountain towns is Asheville, North Carolina where there is a host of real estate on offer. If you wish to tap into the market that prospective buyers look to when they want to find the perfect temperature, all year round, then this is the place to look to as temperatures here never exceed 75 degrees. However, if you fancy locating your rental empire in a place with far more distinctive seasons, and building the foundations of it on a far flatter plane, then you wouldn’t go far wrong looking for houses in Meridian. It is the state of Idaho’s fastest-growing city, which means both that it is obviously a place that is growing in stature and reputation, and that you should move quickly if you want to snap up property in this area that is overlooked by the Owyhee Mountains in the south.

For all your would-be-landlords out there, there are still a host of things to consider before you become a landlord other than the location in which you will basing your rental empire. There are aspects such as mortgage, landlords’ insurance, stamp duty, tax, rates, management of property and registration fees to tackle. Ensure your profits don’t take a tumble by just focusing on the location of your property. For now, happy renting, and happy mountain climbing!

A Kraft-Heinz Unilever Merger May Still Happen

The world’s oceans are not measured by their economic value, but some economists say they should be. If the oceans were considered a country, they would be the seventh largest economy in the world. Economist put a dollar value on the oceans two years ago, and they came up with a $24 trillion as the value they generate from shipping, fishing, tourism, renewable energy, and oil, and gas. The oceans deliver $500 billion in dividends to humanity every year, according to Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute. That fact is rarely mentioned. The value of the oceans is completely ignored by many countries. Marine resources are being degraded by pollution, plastic waste, and climate change. But even with the amount of pollution the oceans still perform a valuable service that impacts the bottom lines of hundreds, if not thousands, of corporations every year.

A good example of how oceans play in the global scheme of economic negotiating is the proposed merger between Kraft-Heinz and the U.K.’s mega-consumer driven giant, Unilever. The $143 billion merger would be the third largest corporate deal in history. But Unilever is not impressed by Kraft’s offer. Unilever thinks Kraft-Heinz would be getting some very recognizable brands on the cheap. Kraft-Heinz is not giving up, however. Both companies are facing challenges in the ever-changing consumer market. More consumers on both sides of the ocean are giving up on the products that don’t fit into the all-natural category. Kraft-Heinz has Oscar Meyer meats, Philadelphia cheese spreads, and Maxwell House coffee as their lead products and Unilever has Dove soap, Best Foods/Hellman’s mayonnaise, and Lipton tea in their product assortment.

The mega-consumer product deal has some heavyweight investors pushing for closure. Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway own 51% of Kraft-Heinz. Buffett is the catalyst behind the Kraft-Heinz proposal, according to James Dondero, the CEO of Highland Capital Management. Dondero thinks Kraft-Heinz won’t stop until a deal is done. The only stumbling block is the price, according to Dondero. Unilever thinks they are worth more than a $143 billion.

Even though the deal is still up in the air, shares of Kraft-Heinz rose 10.7 percent recently. Unilever stock hit $44.90 a share, and that is a $5.42 jump. Both companies are worth more than $100 billion, according to Dondero. Dondero thinks Unilever is actually worth more than Kraft-Heinz.

The merger between these two giants shows the importance of the oceans in the economic growth of the world. A merger between two companies like these two would not have taken place without the value oceans provide in terms of shipping, and other logistic issues. The distance between the two corporate headquarters is divided by an ocean, but they are also economically connected by the same ocean.

Jim Dondero is the president and CEO of Highland Capital Management. Dallas-Based Highland Capital Management has more than $16 billion in assets under management. Dondero is an expert in emerging market investing and asset allocation management. He earned his accounting and finance degrees from the University of Virginia. He is the Chairman of NexPoint, NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare. He also sits on the board of MGM Studios. Jim is responsible for supporting several high-profile nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area through the Highland Dallas Foundation. He supports clean ocean initiatives and several other environmental organizations.