It’s hard isn’t it?
To know what career is ‘right’ for you. What’s going to fit you, your skills, your talents and your interests?
The career you choose needs to be fun and flexible, and grow with you. You should be able to use it to see the world.
You should be able to work it around your personal goals like having a family, or starting your own business.
And it should be rewarding, so you get a great sense of accomplishment. That way your work becomes far more than a job and much more than a career.
It becomes a passion. Something you love to do every day.
And you know what? A career in childcare can offer you all of those things.
And here are some more surprising reasons to start a career in childcare:
1. You Get Paid To Play
You get to spend your day surrounded by children – teaching them, playing games with them and reading stories. You foster their social skills and entertain them.
If you love being around kids, this is the place for you! You have the opportunity to watch them grow and help mould them into the people they’ll become.
2. Your Career Grows With You
Depending on your qualifications, you could be a playground supervisor, a nanny, a child care worker, a child care manager, or an early childhood educator.
And that’s not all. The great thing about working in the childcare industry is that you could even end up as an entrepreneur, operating your own business!
3. You’re Always In Demand
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the use of formal child care has been increasing since 1999. More people are using qualified carers to look after their 0-12-year-old children, and fewer people are using informal care provided by family and friends.
The childcare industry continues to grow and qualified child carers are always in demand, so you’ll always be able to find work.
4. You Get To Be Your Best
It used to be seen as “just childcare” but it’s seen as the specialised career it really is. That’s because you need qualifications so you know and understand children and their development.
There’s opportunity for constant learning about children, people and communication. So you get the opportunity to stretch yourself and be your best!
5. You Can Take It Anywhere
Interested in travel? Child care workers are in demand all over the world so you can use your qualifications to help fund a working holiday or travel overseas.
As a childcare worker, you have the potential to work as a nanny or child care professional and travel anywhere you like. Pretty cool, huh?
6. You Have Flexibility
One of the best things about working in childcare is that there is a great deal of flexibility for both full time and part time roles. If you have children yourself, this is a great bonus.
You can work your career around further study or other outside interests. Not many careers have this level of flexibility built in.
7. You Have Fulfilment
A lot of people struggle to find satisfaction and fulfilment in their work, but not carers.
Working with children is rewarding because you get the satisfaction of looking after people who really need you. And children know how much you care, and show how much they love you too.
“Working with children has been the best decision I’ve ever made. … the best fun and the people are really friendly and the kids are adorable.”
– Tommi, 2015 School Based Trainee
Interested in a Career Change?
Start your career in Children’s Services today and become an early childhood educator.
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