Mike Field

A workplace that welcomes difference

Multiculturalism – where everybody has equal rights, no matter what your culture or background – has been official policy in Australia for over 40 years now. And it works. Our society is by no means perfect, but multiculturalism enjoys a remarkable degree of support and acceptance here. Australians celebrate the fact that we benefit from the richness of sharing our lives with people of different cultures, ethnicities, religions, ages, sexual orientation and disabilities.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the disability, community and aged care sector, where we live multiculturalism every day. There is a reason for that. Employers understand the benefits of drawing on the experience and wisdom gained from many different backgrounds and cultures.

A recent survey highlighted that our sector has a higher percentage of workers born overseas than any other. It shows that in 2016 (the most recent year for which figures are available), 37.1% of Australia’s 295,324 frontline care workers were born overseas. It is up from 31.2% in 2011, and higher than the proportion of overseas-born workers in the total workforce (30.6%).

The carecareers team knows this well as we talk to people from an amazing range of backgrounds. We learn so much while talking to people about their career direction, it is one of the joys of the job.

What matters in this sector is the kind of person you are. If you have something to offer, you will be welcomed, regardless of the colour of your skin, who you worship or where you are from. And that is exactly as it should be.

The blog was written at a time when we are still reeling from the horrors of the Christchurch massacre. Our thoughts are with everybody who lost friends or relations, the people of Christchurch and the Muslim community everywhere. We stand with you.

It’s 2019. Time for a career change?

Support worker and client on journey

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the festive season however, and with whomever, you celebrated it.  For most of us, it has been an opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break.

The beginning of a new year offers a chance to make sense of the old one.  Time away from your work can help give you perspective.  The longer you spend apart from your job, the clearer you can be on whether you want to return to it.  For that reason, at this time of year many people are refreshed and determined to make changes.  Are you one of them?

If you are ready for new challenges, and you are looking for more meaningful work in 2019, here are some things to think about:
• The care sector employs all kinds of people and offers a wide range of rewards and benefits,
• There are openings galore in the disability sector as the workforce is set to double in size,
• The aged care workforce is predicted to triple in size by 2050,
• You can find opportunities now on our Job Board, and the numbers of vacancies will grow rapidly over the coming weeks,
• You can find out where you might fit with our Career Quiz

Up for it? Then set your goals, update your résumé, set up a Job Alert, and ensure your profile is complete in carecareersPeople Search. Now you are ready!

We hope 2019 is going to be a great year for you and your career. If we can do anything to help you advance it, please contact us on 1300 637 637 or info@carecareers.com.au

Good luck!
The carecareers team

Xmas Closure

Please note that our offices are closed for the Festive Season break from 12 noon AEST Friday 21 December to 9am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

The  carecareers team would like to wish you a very happy and relaxing festive season and New Year.