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Using life experience as career inspiration
"You can play a part in really changing another person’s world."
At age 38, Nina Crumpton found out she had multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable condition of the central nervous system. Despite the diagnosis, she enrolled at TAFE NSW and completed a community services and a counselling course.
Nina encourages others in the disabled community to use their experience as a platform to gaining employment in the NDIS sector.
“It’s actually an advantage to have a disability if you’re working in this field, because you have a greater empathy and understanding,” says Nina, whose qualifications earned her an opportunity to work as an NDIS support co-ordinator with the MS Society.
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Whether you’re interested in becoming a disability care worker, an aged care worker, or you are interested in other roles with family and community services, TAFE NSW has the qualification you need for the job you want – including the Diploma of Community Services and the Bachelor of Community Services.
Australian care workers can earn, on average, between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, with many senior care workers earning in excess of $85,000 per year.
Disability support workers, and disability care workers, provide a range of services to people living with disabilities. Depending on the specific disability, workers may assist people with daily tasks, or perform daily tasks for them, including assisting with personal hygiene, providing mobility support, and helping with shopping tasks, food preparation, and housework.
Disability support workers, and disability care workers, need to be patient, flexible and understanding, supportive and caring, responsible, a good communicator, committed to the rights of people with disabilities, a good team worker, as well as possessing a level of fitness to handle the physical demands of the job.
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What job opportunities could an community service course lead to?
If you're looking to further your community services career, or launch your career in aged care, youth work, or the field of mental health, a TAFE NSW community services qualification is a fantastic way to join this expanding sector.
TAFE NSW offer certificate and diploma level youth work courses, as well mental health courses, and diplomas in aged and community care, with short courses and online study options also available.
Career pathways, after completing a community services course, include jobs such as:
- Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
- Youth Case Worker
- Community Services Worker
- Disability Support Officer
- Personal Care Worker
- Mental Health Support Worker.
The qualification requirements for a disability support worker, can be achieved through by completing relevant courses, like the Certificate III in Individual Support or the Certificate IV in Disability. Depending on your specific role, a First Aid certificate may also be required. If you’re hoping to advance your career, further study options are available in TAFE NSW community services courses, such as the Bachelor of Community Services.
Whether you're just starting out in your career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offer a wide variety of community services courses at a number of levels to suit you.