In a world increasingly obsessed with money and the accumulation of wealth, it can often seem that the jobs we do are a little hollow and empty. The desire to make a difference and do something worthwhile often leads to an interest in the caring profession.
If you’ve been thinking along similar lines and are interested in a career in caring but aren’t sure where to start, this short guide to some top caring careers might just help.
Working in a nursery environment is perfect for anyone who wants to work with children. From babies right up to pre-schoolers, you will gain an understanding of the critical early developmental years in children, teaching core development and social skills. Nursery workers don’t necessarily need formal qualifications, as it is possible to learn and train on the job. As you might expect, working with kids is never dull, which is why people love this career.
Drugs and alcohol can have devastating effects on families and individuals. Offering the support for people who want to end their cycles of addiction is a very challenging but rewarding job. There are no minimum entry requirements and learning on the job towards qualifications is a possibility with many employers.
A support worker is someone who works within the fields of learning disabilities or mental health, offering key assistance to those who need help with their everyday lives. It’s a varied job that involves everything from risk assessing and teaching basic skills to going on holiday.
For those without formal qualifications, starting at the bottom and learning on the job is a good option. However, if you’ve already done the hard yards and gained the experience, care management positions are available. This is less hands-on work with more responsibility but is rewarded in kind. Care managers are required in most sectors, from learning disabilities, to elderly and mental health.
Critical care specialist
This is a more specialised care position that involves working with people in need of urgent physiological or psychological help. As a result, you may need a higher level of qualifications than in other care positions but on the job training is available. This kind of care work can be stressful and challenging but the rewards are equally big. This is making a difference at the times when people most need it.
Across the care industry there are lots of care roles that require dedicated and hard working people to make a difference in people’s lives. Could you be one of them?