Is wellbeing right for you?
To pursue a successful, rewarding career in the wellbeing industry, you’ll have a passion for holistic health and wellbeing not only in your own life, but in the lives of others. You’ll be the sort of person who derives great satisfaction from helping people improve their quality of life and create a lifestyle of health and happiness.
You’ll have excellent communication skills and genuinely enjoy working with people, especially those who are struggling with particular issues or barriers to positive living. You’ll be interested in the benefits of therapy, counselling and lifestyle programs and believe in the power of the individual to make a difference in the lives of others. Above all, you’ll be a good role model in the pursuit of your own wellbeing through physical, mental and emotional health.
Depending on your specialisation, a career in the wellbeing industry could take you anywhere from community and Indigenous services to leisure and lifestyle to the mental health services sector. While currently relatively small, the wellbeing sector is seeing very strong growth, especially in areas such as welfare, recreation and community arts (with 18,000 job openings likely over the next few years) and Indigenous health work (1,000 job openings expected).
Types of courses
There are many different courses that fall under the umbrella of ‘wellbeing’, offered at multiple different levels from a range of providers. The type of course you choose will depend on the specific area of wellbeing you would like to specialise and pursue a career in. Here’s a breakdown of the types of courses available and what you might cover at each level.
Perhaps the widest range of wellbeing courses is offered at the short course level. Wellbeing short courses provide an introduction to a particular area of wellbeing, such as natural therapies or mental health first aid. These courses equip students with basic skills and knowledge to embark on their careers in the wellbeing sector.
There are a number of wellbeing-related Certificate IV courses offered on a range of specialised topics, from mental health to elite athlete wellbeing management to leisure and health. These courses provide specific training and equip students with higher-level skills to work with clients and improve their wellbeing in specific areas.