Courses that'll help you land a job helping people

Are you looking for a career or job helping people? Your career can allow you to have a positive impact on people and communities and that journey can begin at RMIT.

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Careers and jobs that help people and make a positive impact are always in-demand. In Australia, Aged Care Workers are projected to see a 24.7% rise in job opportunities in the next 5 years1, and the number of Support Workers positions is expected to rise above 10,000 in the coming years2

At RMIT we offer ways to take hold of those opportunities through vocational study, also known as TAFE courses – many of which are subsidised by the Australian Government through the Free TAFE and JobTrainer programs. 

Whether you are looking to make a positive impact in people’s lives or forge a career in community service, you can discover the path to your dream job at RMIT. 

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Working in Aged or Disability Care

A Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) or Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) can give you the skills to better lives in the aged care and disability care sectors. 

Current Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) student Shari Mackay began her studies to gain the practical skills to assist her husband who has Primary Progressive MS and gain a skillset that she can use in aged care. 

“I hope to re-join the workforce and work in an aged care facility as a personal care assistant,” she said. 

“Aged care is a growing industry, and I would love to be able to make a positive impact while caring for others.” 

Shari described one of the highlights of the course is the empathic approach to teaching.  

“Being able to care for someone in the smallest way is so significant. The teachers at RMIT focus on not just the practical side of being a caregiver, but also on the human side. It is a privilege to be able to assist someone who is at a later stage in their life. You can make such a difference.” 

RMIT’s individual support qualifications can provide the skills and opportunities to work in the personal care sector, giving you the chance to provide trained support to those who need it most. 

Depending on the course, these certificates give you the skills to work in several individual care roles, such as: 

  • Disability support officer 
  • Aged care worker 
  • Personal care assistant 
  • Home care worker 
  • School support officer (disability) 
  • Family support worker 

Support the community and impact lives

A Certificate IV in Community Services teaches you how to make an impact through broad community service, such as providing support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups and communities. Public service jobs such as Community worker not only have an increasing job growth margin of 23.1% but Seek shows job satisfaction is particularly high in these roles3

This can set you up to drive positive change in roles like: 

  • Case worker 
  • Health education officer 
  • Community worker 
  • Outreach officer 
  • Community support worker 
  • Support worker 
  • Domestic violence worker 

Across the course, you will learn the skills to change lives and communities for the better, and it covers such an important spectrum of skills that you can tailor your career to the specific field you are interested in. For example, you may be particularly passionate about social justice. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in many roles across this sector, or even continue to higher levels of study with a Diploma of Community Services (Case Management).  

Help young minds flourish

The Certificate IV in Disability is designed to deepen your understanding of disability support and provide the skills and a deeper understanding of caring for individuals. As such this course prepares those with entry-level skills for a career in the disability services sector. 

Disability workers are currently in-demand with 9000 job opportunities in Australia, with the number of roles expected to increase by another 20% in the coming years4

This certificate could allow you to be part of this wave by expanding your carer skills and enabling you to assist disadvantaged groups and communities. You’ll gain the practical knowledge needed to adapt to several work environments, for example, a home setting, a community centre, or education institutions.

Expand your skills to help disadvantaged communities

Hussein Khoder is currently studying the Diploma of Youth Work at RMIT, but his journey began with the Certificate IV in Youth Work. Hoping to make a lasting impact in the lives of LGTBIQ+ youths, Hussein says that he has learned quite a lot of the different approaches to youth assist that he feels will help not only change lives, but impact communities. 

This courses not just develop your skills, but as Hussein has found, it’s a great opportunity to find other students looking to make positive change.  

“Meeting all the like-minded classmates has made study so worth it and placement has been a huge highlight,” said Hussein describing his studies. “You can only learn so much in class but getting out in the real work and getting hands on experiences is great to prepare me for what is to come when I start working.” 

If you have a passion for assisting young minds and disadvantaged youths, the Certificate IV in Youth Work gives you the tools to create a career in youth work. Whether it be social, behavioural, health, welfare or protection services, you’ll learn how to provide support and positive change for the lives of those who need it. 

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to work across several roles, such as: 

  • Community development worker (youth) 
  • Indigenous youth worker 
  • Recreational youth activities worker 
  • Residential care worker 
  • Youth mental health worker 
  • Juvenile justice worker 

No matter what sector or community your passions lie with, pursuing the skills to better lives and leave positive impact is always a worthy cause.  

 

1SEEK, Career Advice Aged Care Worker, undated, Accessed 15/09/22, https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/role/aged-care-worker  

2SEEK, Career Advice Support Worker, undated, Accessed 15/09/22, https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/role/support-worker 

3SEEK, Career Advice Community Worker, undated, Accessed 15/09/22, https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/role/community-worker     

4SEEK, Career Advice Disability Support Worker, undated, Accessed 15/09/22, https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/role/disability-support-worker  

 

Story: Jacob Johnston 

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.