A career in individual support is about helping maintain community well-being. It's a rewarding, often selfless, role that extends across many social, emotional and physical areas. A qualification is as much about developing your career as it is about making a commitment to help those around you.
Holmesglen's Community and Social Inclusion Department shares five important tips for those looking to turn an aspiration into a profession.
Consider what matters to you
Deciding on a career, or a career-change, can be daunting. The path that you choose should be an honest reflection of who you are; an active expression of your values and of what matters to you. Ask yourself – what sort of activities bring me the most satisfaction? If your answer is to support people to experience a high quality of life, then you may like to consider working as an individual support worker with people who are ageing or have a disability.
Before jumping in and signing up, do your research. One way of approaching this is to work backwards from your end goal. For example, if you feel passionate about working with older people in an aged care facility, consider what job roles would best match your objective and whether or not those job roles are currently available. Speak to people who are doing that job; find out what they have to say about the work. Ask questions. Lastly, find out what training you must do to qualify to work in that job role.
Commit to your studies and work placement opportunities
Holmesglen's Certificate III in Individual Support informs the role of workers in the community or residential settings, who provide person-centred support to people requiring care due to ageing, disability or for some other reason. This course provides you a practical and hands-on approach, which will ensure that you are work-ready and have the skills that employers look for from graduates. You will have the opportunity to complete around 150 hours of practical work-placement with many students securing work directly from their placement organisation.
Look at the bigger picture
Remember that by choosing to work as a support worker, you are also opening the door to further opportunities and career paths within the Community Services and Allied Health sectors. Many of our graduates after working in industry, have returned to study Leisure and Health or Nursing. You will find that this course may lead directly to a career that you love or be a stepping-stone to a new challenge.
This is the perfect time to make the leap into study at Holmesglen. The Government has recognised the quality and sustainability of training with a large TAFE institute and is supporting you by providing government subsidised places to almost all applicants. Classes are kicking off soon, so contact us today and get your career off to running start!