Open Colleges student Fumiko Unehara was working as an aromatherapist when she decided she wanted to study counselling and psychology.
Her clients would often share details about their lives with her and she realised she enjoyed lending a sympathetic ear. I’m passionate about connecting with people, so my dream is to be a counsellor,” she says.
Open Colleges student and volunteer worker Omar Osman says he was excited to learn more about the art of communication and believes this social work course will help him both in his dealings with people on a day-to-day basis and when navigating government departments.
Osman intends to use his qualification to link in with an aid agency once he returns to his home country of Ethiopia. “I hope [the qualification] will change the way my community looks at me.
Coursework topics include mediation, drug abuse, human behavior and grant writing.
Studies show that one of the biggest predictors of job satisfaction is having the ability to help others or contribute to society in some way, which is why careers in areas like nursing, community services and counselling tend to be so fulfilling.
The way they value my knowledge will change.” Thanks to improved healthcare services and medical innovations, we’re now living longer than previous generations, and this means the demand for skilled workers in the Aged Care industry is also increasing.
In fact, the number of jobs in Aged Care is expected to increase by 50% by 2019, so if you’re interested in working in this industry, the nationally recognised Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) could be just what you need to launch your career as a professional care worker.
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Online social work classes can be found within many undergraduate and graduate degree programs in social work.