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  • Writer's picturePablo Hernandez

Have you ever wondered what the benefits of being a Support Worker are?

Working in the disability sector can be hugely rewarding however challenging all at the same time. Support work for people with disabilities has a long history that dates back to the early 20th century when institutions were established to provide care for people with disabilities. You may develop strong relationships with the individuals you work with and feel a sense of fulfilment from being able to help them achieve their goals. Working as a support worker can also be a great opportunity for personal growth as it allows you to develop new skills and abilities.



Job Security

Job security is the probability that an individual will keep their job. It is a sense of feeling comfortable and secure in their place. It also provides people with the assurance they can maintain their jobs also the health sector also offers a long-term job security from the demand of increased services throughout Australia. The Australian government is continually creating policies and initiatives to support the disability and aged care sectors, further enhancing employment stability for support workers.


Making a difference & Relationship building


As a support worker your role is truly meaningful and rewarding. You are providing personal help, emotional help and opportunities for the elderly community to grow and be independent. Making a difference to another person’s quality of life is one of the most rewarding things a person can do, and that’s something support workers do every day. As a support worker building relationships would be one be one of the many important tasks you will be doing. Building relationships are important due to making the client feel secure and safe. This is a way to create meaningful connections between clients and their families.


Career Opportunities


As being a support worker is a very high in demand role you will have several career opportunities and many fields you can specialise in such as NDIS, disability, home based support, community support, clinical support and mental health support also. The progression can include going into a different type of job which could involve working in a different setting or with different groups of people or you could move up into a job with more responsibility, which would require new skills, knowledge and qualifications. It also comes with plentiful rewards and opportunities that can lead to a gratifying career and career pathway also. As a support worker, you’d be able to dedicate your career to supporting those living out the later chapters in their lives.


Range of work environment


As a support work you can have multiple services within a day. This could be in a home, residential settings, clinics or hospitals. You could also be taking the client for a transportation service and do some shopping, taking them for a hair appointment or simply just to the doctors which means not one day would be the same.



Here are some tips to knowing if being is a support worker is right for you


  1. You love to travel around to different locations.

  2. You are empathetic, a good listener and have patience.

  3. You love taking care of people.

  4. You have great punctual and organisational skills.

  5. You are passionate about the health care industry.


Conclusion


Being a good support worker is more than just a job, it’s a vocation that offers a wide range

of services and a change to make a difference in people’s lives. There are multiple benefits

to being a support worker including job satisfaction. The quality of care provided in

residential aged care facilities and home care is largely dependent on the job satisfaction of

employees and the organisational framework and systems that they provide care in. For

those who are passionate, patient and eager to make a positive impact a support worker

would be the right fit for you.

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