5 Things You Should Know About a Career in Aged Care
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Taking care of the elderly or those with disabilities in the aged care industry may be one of the most demanding and challenging jobs within the health care sector. It also comes with many rewards and ample opportunities that can lead to a gratifying career.
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There is abundance of opportunity
With the number of people requiring some form of aged care set to double in Australia by the year 2050, the demand for professional support workers is increasing rapidly. This means there is ample opportunity for you, once qualified, to gain a position within the aged care sector relatively quickly and begin to start building a successful and fulfilling career.
The average yearly salary for an Aged Care Worker is
Roles and aged care situations can vary
There are many positions within the aged care industry to suit a variety of skills and personalities. There are careers in frontline support, administration, human resources, and catering as well as managerial and corporate roles.
There are also a variety of situations you as a support worker can work within. You may work with the elderly, younger people with disabilities or families with people who are receive aged care. Careers can be sourced in community care were you can offer your support and services to people in their home, at a residential aged care facility providing continuous nursing support or assisting in a community-based facility.
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Customer & Personal Service
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Rewarding but challenging
Without a doubt, working in the aged care sector can become an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career. However, it does come with its challenges both physically and emotionally. Caring for an aged person or one with a disability can have its physical demands. For example, if you are in a support role where you are required to provide hands on assistance.
You may also be in a situation where you are required to manage someone with difficult behaviours or health issues, you may be working in an environment where you will experience grief and loss and you may be exposed to the emotion of friends and family throughout your career as a support worker.
Certificate II or III
Ideal skills and attributes
There are several key skills and attributes that aged care workers require to build a successful career in the industry. Employers look out for those with a caring and supportive attitude, good communication skills, patience and discretion and physically fit. Embodying a positive outlook, having a high level of professionalism and showing a natural empathy towards the elderly or disabled are also desirable traits of an aged care worker.
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Aged Care Courses TAFE
If you are planning to explore a career in aged care, there are a huge range of courses available to suit your needs. Whether you have the time to study full-time in class, or part-time via an aged care course online, there’s an option for you.
Below is a list of available qualification types that can be studied at TAFE:
You will be making a difference to someone’s life
If you love working with people and helping people a career in the aged care sector could be suitable for you. Working with the elderly or those with a disability that requires assistance can bring so much joy into someone else’s life. You may become their personal assistant, their confidant, their emotional crutch, perhaps their cook or cleaner. It’s more than just being a carer. It is a very satisfying career which will leave you knowing you have enhanced the lives of your clients by allowing them to remain living in their own home for as long as possible or providing them intensive support within a high care facility.
Learn to help others resolve difficult issues through counselling A counsellor’s role is to facilitate the resolution of issues, whilst respecting a person’s values, personal resources, culture and capacity for choice. Counselling provides a regu...
Diploma of Community Services CHC52015
This course is ideal for those seeking a career in a general welfare setting. Workers in this role are usually involved in service delivery, either direct client work and/or health promotion and community development projects. They also work closely wi...
- Early Intervention Coordinator
- Case Manager
- Family Support Worker
- Pastoral Care Counsellor
- Senior Youth Officer/Chaplain
- Social Welfare Work
- Program Coordinator
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33015
This course covers the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using...
- Nurse’s Aide
- Aged Care Assistant
- Personal Care Giver
- Respite Care Worker
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113
This course reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an...
- Professional Nanny
- Assistant Educator
- Playgroup Supervisor
- Preschool Aide
- Family Day Care Educator
Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33015
Working with people with disabilities can be a very rewarding career and this course is a great option for those wishing to gain entry into the industry. Trained and skilled disability workers are increasingly in demand in the community services indust...
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Home Care Assistant
- In-Home Respite Care Worker
- Community Access Coordinator
- Personal Care Assistant
- Community Care Worker
- Disability Support Officer
- Residential Care Support Worker
- Disability Support Worker
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