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It makes sense that one of our most popular courses is the Certificate 3 in Individual Support. That’s because many people are drawn to a career in support services. Most of the time, it’s a result of their own personal experiences, or it could be that they have been working for a while without being paid. Whatever the drive or motive, one thing is certain: a career in aged, disability or home care is dynamic, fast-paced and constantly changing.
If you asked one of our Course and Careers Advisers what one of their most frequently received questions was, they would respond with this: ‘What does the future look like within this sector?’
This question appears so often that we thought we’d share some of our know-how with you! So whether you’re here because you’ve been sitting on the fence or are unsure of whether or not you should jump into a new career, we hope we can help clear some things up for you.
A qualification such as a Cert 3 Aged Care, Disability or Home and Community is the essential foundation to building a career in the industry. Moreover, in Australia it is mandatory to have the required credentials before you can work in the sector. Many of our students express that they have been caring for or supporting someone for years and that is all the experience they should need. While that kind of experience really makes you the perfect candidate for a paid career in the industry, the reality is, there is no way around obtaining a qualification. If you want to seek employment in Home and Community Care, you will need to complete a recognised course. During that time, you will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct yourself in the workplace as well as learning workplace health and safety, etiquette, first aid and industry best practice. For more information on what the course entails, click here.
Great news for those looking for a long-term career in the industry! The job outlook for home care workers is very strong, with significant growth anticipated for aged and disabled carers, child carers as well as nursing support and personal care workers. According to joboutlook.gov.au, the past 5 years for the Aged and Disabled Care industry recorded a dramatic spike in numbers of workers. This is thanks to a huge demand for skilled, qualified staff because of Australia’s increasingly ageing population. More so, from 2017 to 2022, there are 184,000 job openings anticipated for the home care industry.
We wish we could reply to this question with one definitive answer. However the truth is, there is no one right response. Every individual worker can attest to having a significantly different experience to their peers when it comes to home care. For many people, this is the best part of the job. If we had to outline a highly generic, textbook day, it would go something like this. Firstly, you arrive at your client’s home, tend to any outstanding issues such as helping them get washed and dressed. You might then tackle any general domestic issues such as laundry, cleaning, changing beds. Depending on who your client is, you may also need to make sure medication is taken, administered or applied.
Admittedly, it’s hard to paint a picture of the whole industry in just one article. If you would like more information or real-world examples of people working in the field, then it’s best to get in touch with our Course and Career Advisers. They have countless years of experience helping people unlock their potential and finally achieve the goals they had set their minds on.
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