I work for Disability Services Australia (DSA) travelling between Queanbeyan and Goulburn regularly as an Employment Consultant for a Transition to Work program.
I began work in the aged care sector 9 years ago as a Paid Care Worker in a nursing home and I have since progressed my career by taking on a number of roles including Personal Carer in aged care, Activities Officer for elderly people, and Diversional Therapist.
I started working in aged care when I was quite young and found that I really loved it for the social interaction with different people, and the sense of family and community.
More recently I moved across to the disability sector with DSA. It’s the best move I’ve ever made and I’m finding that there is a lot of personal and professional support.
I like this role because the clients are fantastic. They are all different, and my job is to focus on their strengths and help them set goals. Many of my roles have been focused on supporting socialisation and the emotional wellbeing of clients, as opposed to the hands-on personal care side of the work. If you are looking to work in a rewarding job where you make a difference – and you have compassion, empathy, and are not judgemental – then this is it.
In terms of training, there are lots of courses to consider undertaking with registered training organisations. In the last few years I’ve completed Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessing, and I’ve just enrolled in Certificate III in Disability.
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