You could be a Carer!
Carer may sound like a job title but it’s actually a whole group of jobs with one thing in common – skills. This is a new way of thinking, called ‘job clusters’, and one of them is ‘The Carers’.
What’s a job cluster?
Research from the Foundation for Young Australians has shown that when you train in one job, you actually gain skills that can be used in an average of 13 other jobs. This is great news as it means you’re probably skilled for more jobs that you realise, or at least you will be. Job clusters are several jobs grouped together by skill set and there are seven in total:
So, how does knowing my job cluster help me
Firstly, knowing which job cluster your interests and skills fit with will help you decide what job suits you best. Plus, because the job clusters group together jobs by skill set, if you want to transfer to a different job you can see which ones might work best.
For example, if you worked as a childcare assistant you’d be a Carer, and you could look at other Carer roles, like a fitness instructor or aged care assistant.
What skills does a Carer have?
Carers are passionate about looking after other people or animals. They enjoy providing medical or personal support to others to improve their physical or mental wellbeing.
What jobs are in the Carer cluster?
Industries that employ lots of Carers include health care and social assistance.
If you’re a Carer, and starting out in the workforce, you might like to think about jobs in veterinary practices, medical centres, beauty salons or gyms. Carers can also make good counsellors and social workers.
How can jobs in the Carer cluster accommodate disability?
In all jobs employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate any needs you may have resulting from disability. People with certain disabilities may enjoy a level of empathy with the challenges that the people they care for face. If you’re interested in a Carer role, CoAct can certainly help make it happen for you.
I think I’d make a good Carer, where do I start?
Your first stop should be our fun, quick ‘Find a job as unique as you’ quiz which will help figure out which job cluster is the best fit for you. You may find you’re not a Carer after all, perhaps you’re a Generator or an Artisan.
Whatever job cluster you fit in, CoAct will be able to help you with next steps to finding your perfect fit.