Help: 6-Year Path vs 2-Year Path.
I have just completed high school and i am currently pre-enrolled to go away to a traditional 4-year college. I have a strong interest in pursing firefighting/ems as a full-time career, but the college i may be attending doesnt offer any fire science or related fields. I have family who is in the fire service and they all said they wish they went away for the experience. My question to anyone out there is..
Should i continue my path of going away and get a degree for promotional oppurtunites down line and the experience or should i enroll to a community college where i can get my emt-p and start getting my foot in the door at firehouses? and if i do go away and get a degree, what degree would help me?
Pros.. Promotions, once in a life time experience, possibly help me during hiring, and of course fall back degree if something bad happened.
Cons.. 50k in debt, 2 more years of paramedic school with
no job to pay off loans until paramedic school is over.
Pros.. Cheap, no debt, close and fast.
Cons.. only 2 year degree, didnt have a chance to go away on my own, and i start working right away. (hopefully) its a tough market out there.
My ultimate goal is the Chicago Fire Dept. and i know getting my name on the list is the most important part to getting hired and this is why i need everyone's help for my best route to getting there. 4 year = longer time to get hired but i have the education .. CC = Faster i can put my name on the list but i missed out on the college experience, which i feel is a pretty big thing to miss.