As most of us spend around 35 per cent of our waking hours at work each week, it’s not surprising that so many of us seek out careers that will feed our interests and passions, keep us challenged and stimulated, and ultimately, make us happy.
If you’ve already spent some years in the workforce and you’re looking to change careers, finding work that’s meaningful can become a top priority.
Whether you’ve been inspired to leap into a more meaningful industry after a personal experience, or years in the same role have encouraged you to try something new, these rewarding career opportunities and study options can help you make a positive change in the lives of others.
Youth work is an ideal career for people who enjoy working with young people, are particularly patient, and want to make a positive impact in the lives of children, teens and young adults. Whether you’re interested in working in conjunction with schools, outreach programs, health agencies, community organisations or government organisations, there are a variety of placement opportunities for those involved in the youth work industry.
Rewarding youth work roles can include:
- Youth worker
- Welfare support worker
- Youth case worker or manager
- Youth and family resource officer
- Youth services coordinator
- Health education officer
Do you find it easy to communicate and identify with young people? Do people often come to you for support and advice? Do you have an interest in mental health and wellbeing? Can you remain calm during confrontation? Youth work could be your ideal occupation.
To begin your career in youth work, consider one of these flexible study options:
- Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413)
- Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413)
- Diploma of Applied Social Science
Alcohol & Drug Counselling
Are you passionate about helping others? Alcohol and drug counselling is a challenging but fulfilling career choice, providing support services and counselling for people with alcohol and drug issues. This field could lead you to work in a hospital, rehabilitation clinic, community centre, in-home or as part of a government organisation. There are a wide variety of roles applicable to the alcohol and drug counselling field, such as:
- Drug and alcohol worker
- Case worker
- Family support worker
- Mental health outreach worker
- Community rehabilitation and support worker
- Detoxification worker
If you’re compassionate, emotionally resilient, and calm under pressure, alcohol and drug counselling might be your calling.
To launch your career in alcohol and drug counselling, look into one of these online courses:
- Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
- Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
Want to truly make a difference by enriching the lives of children? If you love working with littlies and you’re passionate about inspiring inquisitive minds, child care is a worthwhile industry to consider. A qualification in child care and education can position you for a wide range of roles, including:
- Child care worker
- Early childhood teacher
- Primary school teacher
- Playgroup supervisor
- Family day care worker
Are you a big kid at heart and love imaginative play that empowers learning? Do you find it easy to communicate with children? If you enjoy structure and routine and can remain patient and collected even when faced with a frustrating or repetitive situation, you could be perfect for a career in child care and education.
To begin your career in child care, consider one of these three flexible study options:
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
Home & Community Care
Home and community care is a popular industry for people looking for a gratifying career, particularly because of the direct influence you’ll have when it comes to enhancing someone’s quality of life. There are a number of diverse opportunities available to those who choose home and community care as a career, including:
- Aged care worker
- Home care worker
- Personal care assistant
If you have a genuine interest in people and their well-being, have an empathetic and supportive nature, and you don’t mind shift work, home and community care might be right for you.
To begin your career in home and community care, consider one of these flexible study options:
- Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015)
- Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home & Community) (CHC33015)