A CAREER in uniform means a whole lot more than just looking sharp when you turn up for work.
In most cases, it means a career in service to your community, state or nation.
What does it take to get there? That depends on the uniform you're chasing.
The pathways to a career in defence are almost as varied as the roles you can choose from.
Between the army, navy and air force there are dozens of different career options, from front-line infantry to support roles utilising technology unheard of in the civilian world.
Defence careers start by submitting an application, and attending a Your Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Session at a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. This includes an aptitude test, a medical interview and an interview with a careers counsellor, to establish the job roles you are most suited to and are eligible to apply for.
So high is the number of applicants for basegrade firefighter roles in Queensland, new applications haven't been accepted since August last year, and won't be until January 2015. It's a highly competitive process, and the number of available positions is usually small.
It is, however, possible to become an auxiliary firefighter, working alongside full-time firefighters to provide emergency services in your community.
To become a paramedic, you're heading to university - either before you apply, or while you're learning on the job as a trainee paramedic. Applications for trainee paramedic roles are also highly competitive.
Pursuing a career in policing means spending time at the academy. While the specifics vary from state to state and from role to role, you'll spend your days learning the ins and outs of policing, alongside hundreds of other cadets.
During your first year as a probationary constable, you can expect to be exposed to a wide range of jobs including motor vehicle accidents, domestic incidents, assaults, thefts and so on.
A specialist role means further specialist training.
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