How To Work In Aged Care
Working with older Australians can be a rewarding and meaningful employment path. As the population continues to age, there are a growing number of real opportunities for people who have the talent, professional background and skills to provide positive assistance to older persons who may need additional support.
Working as an Aged Care Worker requires patience, empathy and a desire to help those who require additional assistance to achieve a good quality of life as they age. Alongside this, there are a number of skills you’ll need to have if you plan on studying and securing a career in the field.
How to Start a Career in Aged Care
Some of the entry-level jobs in aged care can be gained by achieving a Certificate III or IV qualification. If you have volunteered in aged care, this can set you apart from other applicants. However, if you truly wish to turn aged care into a long-term career, you will need to obtain relevant qualifications.
Qualifications that are available in New South Wales include:
1. Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) – This course will teach you how to care for the needs of older persons as well as the many safety standards required within the industry. It will display your dedication to truly caring for the wellbeing of an older person. This can be taken further by gaining a Certificate IV in Ageing Care as you seek to advance within your career to qualify you for managerial roles.
2. Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) – Ageing and disability often go hand in hand. By adding this certificate to your repertoire, you will gain a wider range of skills that will help you handle a number of difficult situations that may arise when working with disabilities in aged care. Upon completion, you can also obtain a Certificate IV in Disability to grant you with more managerial qualities.
3. Certificate IV in Ageing Support – This qualification reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services. With 120 hours of work placement, you will take responsibility for your own outputs through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery.
Whilst you can learn many essential skills throughout these courses, there is nothing that beats hands-on experience. Educational studies can teach you the skills you need, but being able to put them into practice is crucial in this field.
Anglican Care is filled with committed individuals that provide compassionate aged care for Australia’s older population, but we could always use more dedicated workers in this field. If you have questions about working in the aged care industry, or are currently in training and are looking to gain work experience, contact us today.