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.
Diploma of Business BSB50215
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Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51915
Are you a born leader? Or do you simply want to learn valuable leadership skills to better your employment opportunities? The Diploma of Leadership and Management will help you develop entrepreneurial and innovative expertise in client/customer relatio...
- Team leader
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- Branch manager
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Diploma of Project Management BSB51415
If you enjoy overseeing tasks and initiating creativity, a Diploma of Project Management could be for you. Gain the skills you will need to attract prospective employers. Learn how to manage, execute and evaluate projects and oversee cost, time and tea...
Diploma of Accounting FNS50215
A Diploma of Accounting is specifically designed for those individuals who need a broad financial knowledge base for current or future employment. Graduates from this course can expect to receive solid training in accounting practices and taxation proc...
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