New guy looking to join the FD, need your help please
Here's my story:
I'm 22 years old and just finishing my Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement with a computer science minor, which is totally unrelated to a job as a firefighter/paramedic. I live in Illinois near Chicago and have been seriously looking into joining a fire department. I feel that a career as a firefighter/paramedic would be a better overall career choice for myself, although law enforcement is still something I am highly interested in. I am single, in excellent shape, and very motivated and dedicated to learning new things. I have no experience in anything fire related, which I feel is the major thing holding me back. I wish I would have at least minored in fire science, but I need to look towards the future now.
My major questions are:
1. Is it too late at this point in my life to try? From what I've read on here most people get hired around my age with much more experience than me (such as paramedic licenses and fire science degrees). From what I can tell, it seems more competitive than getting a job in law enforcement.
2. What steps should I now take to pursue this career at this point in my life once I obtain my degree? I've heard people say test all over, to get hired by an ambulance company.
3. Is there anything I can do to put myself over everyone else? Once I get my degree, I will have plenty of time to do anything.
thank you for your answers.