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5 Rewarding Careers You Might Not Have Thought Of

Are you currently in a place in your working life where you are looking for a new and different type of challenge? Some people fall into their dream careers right away, but sometimes the rest of us flit from one job to another without ever really finding something that feels like it fits.

If you really sat down to think about it, do you think it might be that you are keeping your options too narrow and limited? Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one single sector, there is a whole host of opportunities out there waiting for you. To help provide you with some inspiration, here are five rewarding careers that you might not have even thought about before.

1. Carer

If you have a naturally caring and nurturing personality, then why not put that to best use in your career? Society as a whole is more in need of various types of carers than ever before, and it takes a special kind of person to really excel in this field. You need patience, commitment, a gentle manner, and great decision-making skills.

The connections that you make with people as a carer are strong bonds that can really help to benefit patient’s lives, as well as your own. Felicity, a live in carer from Helping Hands, states that ‘It’s such a pleasure to see how my help improves another person’s quality of life.’ 

When it comes to training, no formal qualifications are required. But there are many qualifications out there that can benefit your career and lead to more progression.

Studying Healh and Social Care at GCSE Level, following on with appropriate A-Level courses, can lead to many options of post-graduate study. Courses that would benefit include: Health and Social Care or Social Work, or more specific courses that related to the type of care you’d like to go into, such as Advanced Dementia Studies.

There is no type of employment that can be more emotionally rewarding than caring for someone in need. As a carer you might work on a one-to-one basis or in a healthcare facility.

2. Probation Officer

This is probably low down on the list of what comes to mind when considered caring professions, but it is a rewarding social job. A probation or parole officer works with offenders and ex- offenders, helping them to rehabilitate back into society. They are an essential part of the UK criminal justice system, working with all sorts of people including people who have committed serious offences as well as supervising those who are sentenced to community service.

You do not need a degree for entry positions, but you would expect to train and study for a professional qualification in probation. It is usual for applicants to have some experience of working with or volunteering with vulnerable people.

There are many postgraduate courses for those wanting to become a probation officer. There is the Graduate Diploma in Community Justice and Level 5 Diploma In Probation Practice, which you would study for while working. Or, you could even study Criminology and Psychology at postgraduate level. It is recommended that officers have a master’s degree in order to advance in their career.

3. Police

If justice is something that is very important to you, then you might want to consider joining the police force. Police officers are generally the ones at the front line of society tasked with keeping the peace and helping those in need, and if you have compassion but also a determination to be a figure of respect and authority in your region, then the police life might be a great fit for you.

With great power comes great responsibility, and also great reward when you can come home at the end of a busy shift knowing that you have made an effort towards upholding society. After completing extensive training, you might specialise in detective work or as a community support officer. If you do not wish to be a front line policeperson, there are civilian jobs supporting the police force where you still have a caring responsibility and sense of social duty – such as a 999 operator.

When it comes to postgraduate training for police work, there is plenty out there. These courses include: International Policing MPA, Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation, or options for more specific industries, such as Terrorism, Security and Policing or Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing.

4. Fire Safety Officer

If you are a stickler for the rules and have a natural instinct to keep people from harm, then why not consider a career as a fire safety officer?

There are many different elements to this kind of job, some hands on, some desk related, but it can be really rewarding to be someone who is at the forefront of ensuring safety and regulation for hundreds and thousands of people in your region.

You need to be intelligent and committed, as there is plenty of fire safety training courses beforehand. A fire safety officer can work in all sorts of industries from looking after the security and health and safety of a hospital to working in the fire brigade.

Once completing a range of training courses, there are many options for postgraduate study. These include Fire Investigation MSc, Emergency Management and Resilience Msc and Fire Safety Engineering.

5. Psychologist

There are numerous careers in psychology, most of which involve helping people. You will need a degree in psychology as your foundation but from then on you can train and specialise.

You might choose to work in healthcare helping people with their physical health (working with patients who need to lose weight, give or smoking or those with eating disorders). You might choose mental healthcare options such as clinical psychology or counselling psychology, or to work with those with brain injuries (neuropsychology).

Outside of healthcare, psychologists can work in education (helping children with learning difficulties or behavioural problems at school) or in forensic psychology within the criminal justice system. Work in this field is very interactive and hands-on, usually on a one-to-one basis with a patient.

The exact nature of training for this career can vary depending on what sort of sector you’d like to work in. Typically, postgraduate study takes about 3 years to complete. There are a large variety of courses you can take, from masters to research degrees, and they range from Health Psychology to Sustainable Futures.

It is a cliché, but a valid one to say that to have a caring profession you need to be a “people person”. A caring profession has a direct impact on the health, wealth and well-being on others, so you need to have the qualities and skills to be able to deliver such.

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