As an over 40 Job Seeker many of you have deep experience volunteering. Perhaps some of you with the disabled. But have you considered that this just might be a job sector that suits you?
The disability and community care sector offers a number of benefits that, for many older skilled workers, are exactly what they are looking for in life. Those looking for more flexibility in their careers, for greater challenges, and for a career where what they do is better aligned to their personal and professional values – are often very well suited to this sector.
Here’s a quick look at the wide range of people that really ‘fit’ the sector.
Career changers – the sector often attracts people who are changing careers, such as the Chief Financial Officer of a global finance company who became the Chief Executive Officer of a service providing support to clients with spinal cord injuries.
Mature employees – mature age workers like Sylvia are often looking for a role that allows them to participate in community life whilst fitting in with their lifestyle. Working with Meals on Wheels allows her to support older people in their homes in a way others had supported her own mother.
Return to work parents – the sector is a good choice for parents like Debbie who returned to work after a career break. She leads an art program with clients who have Down’s Syndrome, and finds that the problem solving, lateral thinking and creative skills she developed in parenthood are put to good use in this sector.
This video is a brief story on Born with Down Syndrome, Gerard is a young man with a number of goals, including getting a job and becoming a famous actor. With Maria's help and a trusting relationship they have achieved both. Perhaps this will move you to consider a career you can enjoy. When your done be sure to check out CareCareers is a free-to-use community jobs service aimed at providing information and advice to anyone thinking about developing a career in NSW's disability and community care sector, whilst providing support and recognition to those already working within it.