Considering a career in the Community Services sector?

It’s getting closer to that time of year when we tend to take stock of the year just gone and look towards the one coming. For many people, it’s also a time to consider or reconsider career options and to set the wheels in motion for a fresh start. Given we spend so much time at work, it’s important to find the right kind of career that suits us on multiple levels.

While the profile of the Community Services sector continues to grow, it’s worth taking a closer look at the many rewards and benefits of working in this sector. You’ll certainly gain more than what you are required to put in when you work in one of the many disciplines including Child Care, Disability Care, Aged Care, Youth Work, Welfare and Justice Studies.

Following are some of the other benefits of working in the Community Services Sector:

  1. Job growth, job growth, and MORE job growth!
    Community Services is the fastest growing industry in Queensland and the third fastest nationally. What does this mean for you? It means that as a Community Services professional, you will enjoy more options—and much better job security and stability. Your employment will most likely be protected from the impact of economic market fluctuations as your skills are essential and will always be in demand. With the advances in medicine and the world wide aging population there is continually increasing demand for community services professionals across the board.
  1. Touch lives – make an impact
    In what other profession can you touch lives the way you can in Community Services? You can be looking after people from when they first enter the world, through to comforting them in their final days. You can change lives and provide real support to families. Not only will you impact individuals, but you could also make an impact on entire communities, providing Community Services in a variety of forms and settings.
  1. 3. Jobs for ALL education and experience levels
    Whether you have a Certificate III or a Diploma, there are exciting Community Services positions available worldwide.
  1. Flexible working environment
    Community Services are usually on offer 24/7. This means that you are able to work the hours which accommodate your family and lifestyle needs; you might prefer to work night shift so you are at home during the day, or you may prefer to work weekends to balance family commitments or to supplement your household income. Alternatively, you might be seeking a live-in position.
  1. Never a dull moment!
    No two clients and no two situations will ever be exactly the same. You will be working in, and exposed to, all the unpredictable elements that make up the rich social fabric of communities.

Petrina FraccaroPetrina Fraccaro is General Manager of CHARLTON BROWN®, one of Australia’s leading training providers and job placement agencies for the child care, aged care, community services and disability care industries. With more than 20 years of experience in Senior Marketing and Communication positions, and 15 years in the private and public tertiary and vocational education industries, Petrina drives the Operations, Sales and Marketing, Student Recruitment and Enrolments and Administration for CHARLTON BROWN®. She was a 2014 Business Person of the Year finalist in Brisbane’s Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Awards and holds a number of positions with boards and industry associations.