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Derek Mitchka

Derek Mitchka


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Derek's work combines: Medicine, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


I am a paramedic, as well as an EMS instructor.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Florida State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics:

High School

Certification: Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Was adopted, giving me opportunities I likely would not have otherwise had.

  • 2.

    Earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature.

  • 3.

    Got a job working at a local FOX affiliate TV station.

  • 4.

    Played in several bands that lived in vans and toured around the country

  • 5.

    Went back to school to become a paramedic.

  • 6.

    Played with a successful band and toured around the world.

  • 7.

    Continued career as a paramedic and continued to teach EMS classes.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should not jeopardize a good career to go on tour with your bands.

  • How I responded:

    I try to live a life that is governed by experience, and a desire to have as few regrets as possible when I am one day old and gray. So far, it has been my experience that the things I most regret are not the things that I tried and at which I failed, but rather the things that I did not try at all.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Did not have anyone to help pay for my college. I took out a small student loan, but I also worked hard and paid my own way. It made the satisfaction of achievement taste even sweeter.