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Community-Based Careers: Dedicating Your Life to Good Deeds

29 MAY 2012
Career Path : Community Work

During the day you work in an office doing whatever it is that you have become so skilled at doing. You use the little spare time you have to run marathons, organize fundraisers, join rallies, and do whatever else you can to participate in local initiatives and causes. But despite your efforts to split yourself in two, you still feel like what you’re doing for the community isn’t enough.

First off, don’t be so hard on yourself. The fact that you even want to dedicate yourself to community projects is in itself extremely admirable. Second, there exist two incredible industries that that will allow you to reconcile your need for an income with your dedication to community involvement. Here they are:

Health, Wellness and Fitness

Health is among the most prevalent issues that every society must address. Ensuring that a society is strong and prosperous will necessarily involve ensuring that it is also healthy. The issue at hand, of course, is that no government or state can force healthy habits upon its citizens. While some governments have developed laws and policies that make it harder for people to make bad health choices (i.e. increased taxes on tobacco products) and easier to make good health choices (i.e. more access to affordable, local produce) there still remains a dire need for societies to adopt healthier lifestyles.

That said, a worthy career venture to take on would be that of a health, wellness, and fitness advisor. Doing so would put you in a position to help people understand why and how they should adopt healthier lifestyles.

Typical Health, Wellness and Fitness programs include the following community courses:

  • Exercise Techniques
  • Critical Analysis for Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Theories of Weight Management
  • Aerobic Training
  • Fitness Equipment & Facilities
  • Health Issues in Canada
  • Sport Injuries

Social Services

We all know that it is vital for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle on both the physical and emotional levels. The difficult part about this is receiving the necessary guidance and support to achieve both of these levels of wellness.

Careers within the social services industry include, but are not limited to, mental health workers, guidance counsellors and employment counsellors. By working in the social services industry, you will be able to take on the role of someone who not only educates people on how to maintain a good, balanced mental state, but also protects them by way of educating them on what their rights are as a person.

A Social Services Worker Diploma is a type of Urban Studies program, and can often include the following courses:

  • History & Ethics of Social Work
  • Introduction to Group Dynamics
  • Privilege & Oppression
  • Working with Children & Adolescence
  • Issues Related to Family
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Community Change
  • Social Policy & Law

Being a health advisor or a social worker will involve earning a diploma in a Community and Urban Studies program. The majority of the curriculum in either program will deal with community courses, ones that aim to educate aspiring community professionals on how to communicate with the different segments of the population and how assess varying issues.

Community professionals are vital to any society and help maintain a healthy and thriving population. You’ve reach a point in your life where you are torn between your career aspirations and your desire to want to help people on a daily basis, and now you know how to reconcile the two.