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Paramedics to the rescue

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What Does a Paramedic do?

Submitter: This was a great public library choice when it was published, a few years after the field was created. It can probably be said that the basics of emergency medicine haven’t changed much since the beginning, and since this is a kids’ book, there aren’t any dated medical protocols, but I still think that, given the changes in vehicles and equipment and that at least a few new things have happened in the field since then, this one should be let go.

You’ll notice no one wore sterile gloves back then, that only became standard in the early to mid 80s. I also love the paramedics using the old-fashioned “biophone” aka radiotelephone in the one picture [below]. The technology was instrumental in getting the field started, but was abandoned by the end of the 80s. I still enjoy watching this stuff on “Emergency” reruns, but think the kids could use a more current one.

Holly: Children’s career books are in such abundance that there’s no reason to keep something like this for so long. If you can’t get anything new for budget reasons, make up some “free career resources on the web” bookmarks and put them on the shelf where this would have been. Having nothing is better than having books like this. If it’s mixed in with newer books on the subject, get in there and remove the old ones!

More Dated Career Materials:

Video Killed the Radio Star

Lady Jobs

Design a Career

Fly the Friendly Skies

I Can Be a Nurse

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Ye Olde Career Guide

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Career Guide Handbook
Including a directory of personnel consultants
National Association of Personnel Consultants

This book is still in a public library collection as of this writing. This manual is mostly a listing of personnel consultants by state and the remaining 20 pages are some very limited pieces of advice on want ads, interviewing and resumes. (I have included MOST of the advice below.) I am not even sure it was a useful purchase back in the olden days as it is more a directory than career advice. Of course the question is, why does a public library still have this old book floating around in a career section?


More Career Advice from Yesteryear:

Do You Like to File?

Resume Kit

Yet another career book trying to kill me.

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Butcher, Baker, Cabinetmaker

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Butcher Baker, Cabinetmaker: Photogrpahs of Women at Work
Saul and Heyman

Submitter: See all the jobs a woman can have. Not only is it way out of date, but it’s way too young and embarrassing.

Holly: The text does seem to be for a young audience, and Submitter is right that it is very out of date. At least they chose things like sheep farmer and architect to highlight; not just traditionally female roles.

More Women at Work:

But Who Will Do the Cooking and Cleaning?

You’re Going to Make It After All

Working for the (Wo)man

How to Play Nice with the Boys at Work

Lady Jobs

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