Sob story time: I'm a 36 year old whose life slowly fell apart over the last decade (lots of family illness one after the other and me trying to keep them out of the nursing home while going to school and work and... etc). I got curious about being an EMT while taking care of my family and since my grades collapsed with everything else I have no real prospects (that I'm interested in, anyway) using my degree. I thought EMT school be a good place to start putting things back together. Sorry, this entire paragraph has been mostly me needing to justify why I'm just now starting something most people do in their late teens/early 20s. All the youngsters make me feel a bit apprehensive about it. I graduated with the top grade in my class, passed the NREMT at 70 questions, and really enjoyed myself all the way. During rotations it was exciting to work calls that were actual emergencies, and I didn't mind dealing with the majority who just needed some reassurance and a ride to the hospital. I like to think doing home care for my family helped with that. At the time I went on the market I couldn't get anything with the 2 major 911 services out here (MedStar only occasionally hires EMTs, AMR requires past 911 experience, most other areas have FD run 911) so I grabbed a job at an IFT company that said it also runs 911 (technically true, but only for one isolated area that they only keep one truck active at a time for). They have me on a BLS ambulance doing dialysis runs, doctor's appointments, and hospital discharges all day. I don't hate this work. Like I said I'm used to dealing with elderly, frail people that just need someone friendly watching over them while they go from A to B. I still learn something every day. I also screw up something every day but never the same thing twice and never anything that put the patient in danger. The hardest part has been keeping track of all the paperwork. But I'd hate for this to be my whole career. I'm too old to be running full speed all the time but I do want to handle real emergencies too. Those do happen sometimes in this service because the nursing homes prefer to call us instead of 911 and downplay the symptoms to our dispatchers, but it's exceedingly rare and mainly reserved for ALS trucks (I did get to run one during FTO ride-outs on an ALS rig, woman in severe respiratory distress). So I'm asking, am I too old to make something of myself at this? And do I need to leave IFT ASAP or will I benefit from staying here awhile? Would it be a bad move to stay here until I move on to medic school? I was told over and over by medics and EMTs during rotations that people who work as an EMT first do better as medics compared to the ones that go straight to medic school, but will getting that experience in IFT make that null? Sorry I'm dumping this here, I'm just not comfortable voicing these doubts my coworkers and they're the only people I know that might have any insight.