Maybe you are a parent who has spent the last few years devoted to raising up your child and are looking for a new career that will utilize some of the same skills? Perhaps you are currently working in an entirely different industry that is much more office-orientated rather than public facing?
Either way, there are thankfully a large number of wonderfully varied career options for an individual to spend their professional lives changing other people’s lives for the better. With that in mind, here are five careers that are centered around improving lives and helping people.
1. Social Work
Social work is one of if not the careers that are at the forefront of local communities, with social workers are perfectly placed to build long bonds and professional connections with individuals and larger groups of people.
There is a myriad of ways that social workers help and assist people, and such professionals are in a prime position to successfully improve people’s lives for the long term.
Such ways include and involve:
- Helping individuals get their lives back on track
- Helping families reconnect with societal institutions
- Helping people change their lives for the better
- Helping people deal with their mental health issues
- Working towards the overall improvement of society
- Helping people improve their future prospects
- Identifying and reporting instances of child abuse
Quite naturally and obviously and even more considering the current worldwide coronavirus pandemic, professional and qualified working nurses are amongst the most respected professions of them all. Nurses are at the frontline of helping people become healthier and ultimately not only improving the lives of individuals but their friends, family members, and loved ones as well.
To become a registered nurse, it is necessary to complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in nursing or, alternatively, choose from one of the accelerated BSN online programs from a respected, renowned, and established online university after the completion of an undergraduate degree in a non-medical discipline. It’s also advisable to acquire an advanced medical certification to make sure you stand out in the job market.
To choose just one group of people that nurses directly assist and improve the lives of as an example of how becoming a nurse would be one of the ultimate ways to dedicate your professional life to helping others, let us look at the way that nurses help homeless people across the United States and beyond.
Nurses, as should everyone else who doesn’t possess a negative and overly-judgmental mind, know, understand and apply the notion that people are not wholly defined by their current circumstance and nursing helps the homeless in the following ways, to name just a few:
- Offering and running foot care clinics, either at the local community center and village
halls or else at the homeless shelters themselves
- Never, under any circumstances, judging any one person who has found themselves
in that situation and instead only helping them
- Offering and running, either in the street or at homeless shelters, frostbite checks
- Handing out cards and vouchers that can be redeemed at local coffee shops and
- Actively working towards and professionally striving for social change
- Handing out blankets and footgear
- Donating sanitary towels and tampons
Simply put, psychiatry is an important and ever-increasing field of medicine that deals with mental and emotional health and wellbeing and therefore are an essential role within the medical profession both in the United States and beyond.
Psychiatrists provide help and advice on changing one’s lifestyle and habits for the betterment of the mind, admit an individual into hospital if and when required, and provide urgent care for a mental illness or issue that suddenly creeps up on an individual. Other roles and responsibilities of a psychiatrist include helping and medically treating a person who had a long-term mental health and wellbeing condition or issue, working with the patient both individually and alongside loved ones, and providing valued and professional secondary medical opinions to other health professionals.
4. Family Therapy Counsellor
Essentially, the role of a family therapy counselor is to diligently work with both family members, family groups, and couples who are having problems with communication and other, in some cases, considerably more serious, issues.
Family therapy is a medically recognized and respected set of medical treatments that have been meticulously designed to provide a non-judgmental, safe and secure environment whereby families can express and discuss their emotions and feelings.
Family therapy is generally considered to be a wholly systematic form of therapy, and each session is designed with one goal in mind: to strengthen the interaction between individual family members and proverbially iron out problems that may be small in the present but could grow if ignored over time.
5. Charity Work
Obviously, working for a charity in any capacity is another direct way to spend every day of your working life working towards the betterment of large groups of people. A career in the charity sector is often referred to in a variety of other ways, namely the ‘third sector’, ‘the civic sector’, the ‘not-for-profit sector’, and the ‘community sector’.
One of the best ways to integrate yourself into the professional side of the working charity sector is to start by volunteering your time, as much as you can spare, to one of the many different local charities on your proverbial doorstep. When pursuing a prospective employee’s CV and experience, a charity will usually value time spent volunteering over more academic pursuits.
There is a wide multitude of advantages to giving your time, even for just a few hours a week, to volunteering, which includes but are in no way limited to:
- Networking on both a personal and professional level
- Boosts in confidence and self-esteem
- A greater sense of perspective and objectivity
- The acquisition of new skills and discovery of previously hidden talents
- The creation and building upon new friendships
- A feeling of connection
- A sense of purpose
- Positive effects to your own emotional wellbeing as well as others
If you are looking for a career that focuses on helping others or you are ready for a career change, these might be good options. How about you? What other careers do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!
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