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Are you someone that has always wanted to offer services to the ageing community? Have you always wished you could look after others who are no longer able to look after themselves? Or maybe you are one of those people that believe in the saying that children are one third of our population, and all of our future – and want to offer your services to the childcare community.

Vijay, who is the member of a community - Indians in Australias ays "As someone with a naturally caring personality and a positive outlook on life, you might be weighing your options; trying to choose the best path that will offer you job satisfaction and potentially your dream career."

When you go out there to find jobs in Australia, your education will matter a lot. So consider various factors before taking a decision. Here are 4 things to consider when choosing a career in the Community Service Industry:


1.  Lifestyle

If you are a return to work parent, a career changer, a mature employee, or a young adult seeking flexibility around your plans of conquering the world while making it a better place, the Aged Care sector will be a perfect fit for you.

On the other hand, Childcare does offer you flexibility as well, but this is limited to the times that a childcare centre/service is running. People who are best suited to the Childcare sector include those with little mischief-makers of their own, or those that lead an active social life that requires spare time later in the day.


2.  Demand:

Aged Care course is in high demand careers within the Australian workforce.

The department of Health and Ageing is worried that with a fast-growing ageing population, there is a chance that the number of workers in the sector will not be able to keep up. In simple terms, there is a risk of demand not meeting the supply. This means that, the sooner one is qualified to work in the Aged Care sector, the easier it is to start on that dream career.

With the introduction of the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Childhood Education and Care, the child-to-carer ratios were dramatically lowered, causing a spike in the need for more skilled professionals in the field. This, in turn, means that getting qualified at your earliest convenience will only assist you in garnering jobs that you want to do – within the childcare sector.


3.  Opportunities:

The ABS Labour Force Survey predicted that both industries would have a major growth in the number of jobs available – and this holds true.

As per a research by Mediatimes, these numbers will only keep increasing, as these sectors are intensive ones, requiring a large workforce. Along with that, they offer you a chance to make a positive difference in a person’s life – whether they are just starting out or are just seeking comfort in the sunset years of their lives.

Within the Aged Care sector, your pathways to use your skills include becoming an Aged or Disabled Person’s Carer, an Accommodation Support Worker, a Nursing Assistant, a Care Assistant, a Home Care Assistant, or a Personal Care Worker. Depending on your personal preferences, you can choose to work in a residential care setting or an independent living setting.

Examples of career pathways for the Childhood Education and Care industry include employment as a Child Care Assistant, a Child Care Worker, a Child Care Manager, a Play Ground Supervisor, or a Nanny. Being responsible for inspiring the change you want to see in the world – now that’s an amazing and awe-inspiring task to have.


4.  Sense of Fulfilment:

Let’s be honest, working in an industry that is focused on providing care services to those that need it – there’s definitely an associated sense of fulfilment there. You can feel like the best version of yourself through both Aged Care and Childcare sectors. However, what you need to consider is – do you see yourself as a helper, or are you more a leader?

Aged Care workers help elderly members of society maintain their independence for as long as possible. They try their best to ensure that they help aged people, as well as their loved ones, to maintain the lifestyle they are accustomed to – with dignity and constant support.

Childcare workers are able to fill a gap in this ever-changing, fast-paced world. Families are choosing to grow, but are leading exceedingly busy lifestyles, returning to the workforce rather quickly after there is a new addition to the family. To ensure that their children are having the best chance at moulding their future, more parents are increasingly seeking out Childcare centres to assist in developing the kids in their most formative years.

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Comment by Hazel Owen on May 20, 2016 at 5:49

Thanks for sharing, Kate, this enthusiastic and inspiring overview of the childcare and aged care sectors, and the career pathways that are available. I can certainly say from a New Zealand point of view too, where requirements are being reviewed (especially in the childcare sector). So, it makes a lot of sense to work toward a qualification before it is a mandatory requirement is put in place so that you're way a way ahead. It's a great way of having a 'point of difference' when organisations are looking for staff!

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