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Going Selfless: Choosing a Career for the Benefit of Others

16 NOV 2012
Career Path : Healthcare

Helping those that cannot help themselves is so one of greatest gifts you can give. Imagine a career built on giving back, a professional field dedicated to helping others on a daily basis. Personal care workers are a prime example of individuals working in a career field gearing towards the sensitivities and needs of individuals independent of themselves.

 

So many careers today are self-motivated. Given it is a difficult world out there, but there has to come a point when the focus turns away from ourselves. Personal support workers serve as one of the best examples of a compassionate professional. They work in nursing homes and retirement residences, hospitals and hospices and for healthcare services—all institutions geared towards helping people. Their jobs revolve around helping others.

 

If becoming a personal support worker appeals to you, you will also experience the benefits of a career in healthcare. Alongside benefits, personal support workers also enjoy a stable work environment and a substantial income. Due to the shortage of qualified heath care workers across the nation, personal support workers are also in demand from the moment they graduate. In such a troubling economy, what could be better than that?

 

What is even better is that becoming a personal support worker is within reach. Most institutions offer programs that have the capacity to adapt to almost anyone’s lifestyle. Whether you have professional demands, or children to take care of, psw courses can be attended in the morning, during the afternoon or at night. Courses usually run approximately 27 weeks, with 11 weeks of hand-on training to prepare workers for the real world, making for a manageable schedule. Students will learn how to assist patients with their personal care necessities (showering, eating and dressing), their communication and mobility needs, oversee therapy plans in accordance to each individual (ex. dementia, behavioral or psychological issues) and overseeing levels of comfort and exercise. These all-encompassing programs provide students with both the theoretical and practical training that is essential for employment in the real world.

 

If working in a healthcare environment is something that interests you but your skills are more geared towards accounting and bookkeeping, consider taking payroll courses. Every healthcare institution needs to manage its finances in order to ensure the best care for its patients. Financial professionals are of incredible use to the healthcare industry, and unfortunately there are not enough of them.

 

The healthcare system is in need of genuine, qualified professionals to properly provide for patients in need. Becoming a personal care worker not only helps others, but also provides psw workers with rewards both tangible and intangible. It’s great to be able to give back, but it’s nice to be able to support yourself as well. Becoming a personal support worker can provide you with both.

 

Visit Algonquin Careers Academy for more information on personal support worker courses.