When it comes to working in Aged Care, there is one thing we can be certain of: there is no shortage of employment. With the Aged Care sector growing by 46% in the last decade and no sign of it slowing down, individuals electing to work in this industry don’t have to take any job – they can afford to choose positions that best suit their personalities and preferences. In this article, we take a look at the different options available and explore the pros and cons of what may suit your strengths and personality best.
Aged Care facilities
According to Sage Institute of Aged Care Career Agent, George Dalakouras, Sage graduates typically begin their careers in an Aged Care facility, working as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA). This position, George advises, takes a strong person mentally and physically. Working as a PCA includes everything from showering residents to physically moving them, personal care and more. It’s not for the feint-hearted, but Aged Care professionals are made of tough stuff and working in an Aged Care facility can be hugely rewarding for right type of person.
Personality traits of people who work in Aged Care Centres:
- Able to work as a team
- Work to structures
- Able to keep up physically and mentally
- Caring and compassionate
- Lots of structure and support is received while developing professionally
- You’re always surrounded by managers and nurses and other staff to rely on for help
- For some, working in an Aged Care facility may be at times challenging due to the mental and physical demands of the job.
- You are under pressure daily to meet tasks.
Home Care is a popular option for Sage graduates who cannot commit to work full-time shifts (7 AM to 3 PM) at an Aged Care Centre. Some graduates may have the passion for working in an Aged Care facility, but simply don’t have the time. Students with young families and those who are already working full-time often prefer to work in Home Care.
The good news for those interested in working in Home Care is that the AIHW reports that there is a strong need for more Home Care emerging – part of a trend of elderly people wishing to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Consequently, the demand for home carers has also dramatically increased.
Personality traits suited to Home Carers:
- The shifts are flexible and you can work around your schedule
- The environment is not so fast paced, as it can be in an Aged Care facility
- Suits a fun, outgoing personality. Generally speaking, students with a caring and fun personality are often requested by residents, so if you hold these personality traits, it’s likely that you will get more hours of employment offered in this area.
- Occasionally work can be a little slow. How you find this is based on your own work ethic and personality.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Another popular job is working in ‘Leisure and Lifestyle’. Students often find working in this field within an Aged Care facility exciting and fun. Moving into a Leisure and Lifestyle position can be achieved through internal pathways once employed as a Personal Care Assistant, although some further study may be required.
If you’d like to learn more about a career in Aged Care, contact our expert career advisers now on 1300 993 993 to find out if an Aged Care course is right for you.
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