With the Australian Government predicting “very strong” future growth for welfare support worker jobs over the next 5 years, community services work opens up a wealth of career opportunities.
Here are 7 reasons to start a career in community services:
- Give back to your community
A career in community services means you’ll be helping to provide valuable assistance to your local community – rather than helping to maximise profits.
- Make a positive difference
As a community services worker, you’ll be advocating for the rights of individuals within your community and for the wellbeing of your community as a whole – empowering you to make a positive difference.
- Build your communication skills
Community services work requires close communication with not only a diverse range of clients, but also with welfare agencies, government bodies and private businesses. This means if you pursue a career in community services, you’ll also be developing your communication and interpersonal skills.
- Establish close connections with your local community
As we go about our busy daily lives, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture – the wider community in which we live. As a community services worker, you’ll have the opportunity to build close connections with other individuals in your local community and with your wider community. You’ll not only gain a deeper understanding of their needs, but also feel more engaged and in-touch with your community.
- Study flexibly online
The great thing about studying to become a community services worker is that you don’t need to interrupt your work or personal commitments to study – you can study flexibly online whenever and wherever it suits you. TrainSmart Australia offers an online Diploma of Community Services course that’s nationally-recognised course, and will enable you to deliver community-based support including housing, financial and social support.
- Choose from a variety of roles
As a qualified community services professional, you’ll be able to work in a variety of roles including:
- Community development officer
- Case manager
- Welfare worker
- Community educator
- Do what you love
Many people do what they need to do to make a living. But if you have a genuine passion for helping others in need and helping to make positive changes within your community, then a career in community services will mean you’ll be doing what you love.
This article was contributed by our friends at TSA.edu.au.