When COVID-19 hit our shores, Australians lost their jobs in droves. And with unemployment predicted to hit 9.25% by the end of 2020, many jobless Aussies are taking time to consider their options – and getting serious about a career in health and community services.
The coronavirus cloud practically evaporated whole industries overnight. Office blocks, restaurants, and movie theatres were left completely empty. Yet through it all health care and social assistance jobs remained stable, with analysts predicting continued growth in the community services sector due to the steady demand for these essential services.
This case study by Alison Xiao for the ABC looks at how Australians are taking career-changing steps toward health and social services because of COVID-19. Some are looking to make a real difference in the lives of others. Others are seeking job stability in an industry that will always be in demand. Whatever the reason, the opportunities provided by a career in community services are hard to pass up.
Community services careers can be deeply rewarding. You’re making a real difference in a person’s quality of life, creating lasting connections, celebrating special moments, and bringing dignity to those who are vulnerable or marginalised. And so it’s doubly rewarding to know there’ll continue to be opportunities for advancement and job choice post-pandemic. Whichever way you look at it, community services can be a career change for the better.
It’s great news for Job Seekers and others thinking of taking the plunge into the industry, because the opportunities will only continue to grow. This is especially true for those who have invested in training and qualifications, as demand for a skilled, local workforce rises.
So what next? Well now (more than ever) is a great time to put legs on those daydreams you’ve been having about making a difference in the world. Maybe you’ve been stood down or let go during COVID-19, and you’re wanting to explore more about what a career in community services could look like? Perhaps you’re already working in the industry, but you want to upskill? Whatever your situation, we can help connect you with quality training opportunities that work for you. If it’s time to make a career change for the better, talk to us today.