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
Administration & Management
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.
Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC62015
This qualification reflects the role of workers who are middle managers or managers across a range of community sector organisations. These people work independently and report to executive management, directors or boards of management. They undertake...
- Area manager
- Centre director
- Coordinator (large organisation)
- Community care manager
- Manager (small agency/service)
- Community development manager
- Program area manager
- Community education manager
- Project manager
- Community services manager
- Volunteer program manager
Business Administration and Social Media Certificate
The business administration package encompasses an end to end collection of skills that will have you confident and prepared to work in all kinds of industries. You will learn fundamental administration skills necessary for any kind of entry level busi...
- Accounts Receivable
- Accounts Payable
- Head of Digital Marketing
- Head of Social Media
- Social Media Manager
- Social Media Strategist
- Social Media Community Manager
- Digital Marketing Strategist
- Content Marketing Manager
Certificate III In Early Childhood Education And Care CHC30113
This course provides you with basic training in a variety of early childhood settings and out-of-school hour’s programs. You will be able to work as a Level II childcare worker. You will learn about providing food and physical care; responding to illne...
- Long day care
- Occasional care
- Out-of-school hours care
- Family day care, sessional services
- Adjunct care
- Assist in pre-school/kindergartens
- Neighbourhood houses
- Australian migrant education program services
- Mobile services and other specialised services
Certificate in Zoology
The field of zoology is a field many dream about from childhood. In this course learn about what it takes to work in this exciting industry. This course is perfect for students thinking about a University degree in the field. Complete this course first...
- Zookeeper Assistant
- Zoo Volunteer worker
- VET Assistant
- Wildlife Officer
Hospitality Business Pathway
Learn how to be a responsible, qualified bar tender, a capable, certified travel agent, a competent, recognised hotel manager and a knowledgeable, acknowledged restaurateur. This course combines our four Travel and Hospitality courses into one advanced...
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