When you are looking to change or advance your career, it is important to know what you are getting into. The best way to go about that is to do your research first. Knowing about a new role or workplace before you make your move will increase your chances of achieving your goals.
The good news is that the Internet makes research easier than it has ever been. There is a vast wealth of resources you can access at the touch of a button.
For the disability, community and aged care sector, we have a heap of useful stuff on carecareers of course. But it is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot more on tap if you want it.
In addition to learning about potential employers you can find practical, instructional videos. These introduce you to, or refresh you on, important topics. Videos make learning easy and best of all, they are mostly FREE.
Let’s take Active Support as an example. Active Support is a way of providing just the right amount of assistance, to enable a person with disability to successfully take part in meaningful activities. It is an important practice for many roles in the sector.
House With No Steps, a large and well respected provider, recently produced this great video which explains Active Support really clearly:
We have previously featured these Active Support videos from FACS NSW. There is also an extended introduction to Active Support from Greystanes (another great organisation) and a whole range at Every Moment Has Potential.
All of these videos give great insights into Active Support, and it’s just one of many topics. If you have others you think we should be highlighting, please let us know…
There are many more free resources and videos out there to help you if you are new to the sector – or if you just want to keep up with the latest thinking. From time to time we will list new additions on this blog.
And remember, hiring managers always favour candidates who have done their research. It demonstrates to them that you have really thought about a job application and you understand what’s required.