There are few things in life that are more rewarding than knowing that you have helped someone and made a notable difference in their life. Working in a career or volunteer initiative that assists vulnerable people is one sure way to do that, and to gain some good karma back into your life. It seems like a no-brainer that doing good deeds and helping others every day is rewarding, but why specifically should you consider working with the elderly?
There is a lot of demand for people in this industry
Hundreds of thousands of Australians are living in nursing homes and full-time care, and that means that hundreds and thousands of Australians are looking for someone to look after them and provide them with assistance each day. Aged and disabled care is projected to be the fastest growing occupation in the 5 years to May 2023. Entry into these professions requires an educational course in aged care such as the certificate III in individual support.
You will build new friendships
In this life, you can build a friendship and have a great connection with anyone, regardless of their age and background. Some Australians find themselves in homes because disabilities or injuries in later life mean that they are not as able bodied as they once were, however they are still sharp as a tack, with a great sense of humour and a positive outlook. Working with the elderly has a great social side and you might even enjoy chatting and laughing with people each day, sitting with them to discuss their favourite television program and just generally putting a smile on other people’s faces.
You will learn lessons and gain new perspectives
It’s no secret that older people love to share their stories. No doubt that the people that you will encounter each day have seen some fascinating things and historical events over the years that you have only read about in books or seen on television documentaries. When you work in aged care, your education is not just restricted to on the job training, but also extends to a diverse array of topics.
It’s rewarding to know you are making a difference
Making a difference in this world – no matter how big or small, is incredibly rewarding. If you are working in a field that you know makes a difference – you are helping someone through their depression or you are taking care of someone who is unwell, then you can stay positive and happy in the fact that you are making a positive contribution to the world.
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