A career in aged care can be challenging. Looking after elderly patients often means dealing with complex, unique medical needs that don’t apply to other groups.
Sure, it comes with its own challenges, but as all of our students who go on to enjoy fruitful careers attest to, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences.
Are you are thinking of making a career shift? Unsure what path you should take in the coming years? And most importantly, do you love being able to make a difference to people’s lives?
If so, you might want to consider studying aged care with Melbourne’s Academia.
1) A career in aged care is great for social butterflies
Do you like to engage, converse, and connect with others?
Do you find it easy to connect with people from all walks of life, regardless of age?
If so, you’ve come in the right place!
Aged care is more than helping manage seniors’ health and wellbeing – it’s also about ensuring their mental and social wellbeing is looked after, too.
That’s also what makes it such a great opportunity for extroverts to connect with all sorts of people you mightn’t otherwise.
Think you’ve got a lot of experiences under your belt? Seniors have a whole lifetime of stories and experiences to share – literally. All these and more are just some of the things that you can learn from older people.
2) Working in aged care is rewarding
Everybody wants a career where they’ll be challenged and more importantly, rewarded.
And for certain people, working in aged care is the ticket.
When we ask our graduates why they continue to work in aged care, one of the most common responses we receive is that it’s incredibly rewarding.
That’s because aged carers make a huge difference in the lives of not just their charges, but of their families too.
In particular, carers play a huge impact in improving quality of life for many seniors. For example, some of our students wound up specialising in palliative care, helping seniors with health conditions.
These seniors often have difficulty moving, running errands or otherwise living independently. As you can imagine, the loss of independence can be crushing.
By being there to help them, you’re making a huge difference to their lives. While that may seem minor to us, it makes a world of difference to many seniors.
Additionally, you’ll also be helping their families out too.
Not all families have the time and resources to provide care. Aged carers guarantee that their loved ones are getting the attention they deserve, taking that burden off their shoulders.
And that, as they say, is priceless.
3) Plentiful opportunities to advance your career or specialise
Like we mentioned above, many of the health problems faced by seniors are unique to aged care settings.
As such, this opens many doors to many additional pathways for continuing your studies and as such, advancing your career, including:
- Social support
- Personal care
- Domestic assistance
- Palliative care
Each presents a possible opportunity to take your career in aged care to the next level.
4) Aged care workers are in high demand
Compared to other fields in healthcare, there’s a surprising lack of individuals working in aged care.
Demand for aged care and related services far outstripping the supply of available carers, making your job prospects rosy.
And with Australia’s ageing population, you can expect a good amount of job security in the future.
Over the past years, the number of Australians that need aged care is projected to grow, with the number of over-65s predicted to grow to 8.7 million – 22% of the population – by 2056.
The result? Higher demand for carers.
So why not start a bit early? Study aged care today to get established in this very promising industry!
Enrol in our aged care courses in Melbourne
Learn with Academia – enrol today!
Any career in aged care starts with training – and that’s where we come in.
Study aged care in Melbourne with Academia, and you’ll enjoy a world-class education in aged care, combining theoretical learning, practical learning, and real-world placements in a registered aged care facility.
Our Melbourne campus offers two fantastic qualifications:
Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)
Provide excellent individual support to the elderly in a residential aged care facility or home care through tutorials, practical training, and workshops.
At Academia, you will learn how to operate equipment and machinery akin to a real-life aged care facility.
The Certificate 3 requires you to complete 120 hours of training in a registered aged care facility. Unlike other institutes, we arrange this for you.
Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC33015)
Highly qualified training staff will teach you how to complete specialised tasks and services in aged care.
Job opportunities can be sought in home and community care, residential aged care, retirement villages, and even hospitals.
Complete 120 hours of on the job training and be qualified to supervise and coordinate with people working in community care, retirement villages, and hospitals.
Academia has strong industry partnerships, and can connect you with a registered aged care facility to complete your placement.
Unsure which one is best for your planned career move? Get in touch with us today – we’d be happy to help out!