What You Need To Know If You Would Like To Make A Career Out Of Community Services
Working in Community Services means that you’ll be responsible for providing some form of service to the community, which is often funded by the government.
Many positions involve working with the public in a way that will leave the people you help better off. You might work with children, or people with a disability, you might become a crisis intervention worker, or work with the aged community.
You’ll need to be friendly and able to work with people from all walks of life. And also willing to develop skills that will enable you to empathise and understand a variety of complex situations. You’ll also need to be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Take a look a the facts below, if you like to sound of a career in Community Service (taken from ACWA)
- The community services industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in Australia.
- It’s estimated that community services generate approximately 1 in 4 of all new jobs.
- There is a high demand for rural and regional workers too.
Types of Courses
Most community workers study courses that are relevant to the type of position that they are seeking within the field of community services. Entry-level education will vary depending upon the position available.
Short courses in community services are a great way to understand what is involved and to find out what aspect of Community Services that you might prefer. They are also great for ongoing career development.
Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.
Certificate II Courses:
A Certificate II course will offer you a solid grounding on all of the skills required to work proficiently, under supervision within your chosen field. Although for some positions a higher certificate, diploma or even bachelors degree may be necessary.
Certificate III Courses:
A certificate III course in your chosen field teaches the complete range of skills and knowledge that is required to be proficient in your career.
Certificate IV and/or a Diploma will give you a solid understanding of your chosen field and will touch on leadership. It will also enable you to work towards a leadership position or an entry-level position for a specialised role.
There are a variety of opportunities when you are working in Community Services. Here are our recommended opportunities;
- Personal Care Giver
- Respite Care Worker
- Aged Care Worker
- Home Care Assistant
- In-Home Respite Worker
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Personal Care Worker
- Program Coordinator
- Support Worker
- Residential Care Worker
- Day Activity Worker
- Care Supervisor
- Hostel Supervisor
- Residential Care Officer
- Disability Support Worker
- Senior Personal Care Assistant
- Disability Officer – Day Support
- Social Trainer
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