The Joys of Working in Disability Support
23 April 2018
Feeling ‘lost’ in life is a common plight in the modern world. But, a career crisis doesn’t even have to stem from a job you dislike, but could be born from the simple question: “Why am I doing this?”
Considering we spend up to 60% of our waking hours at our jobs, we should certainly not feel shy about making sure that this is “meaningful work.” But finding (and defining) that is difficult, and getting advice is recommended.
Earning an income is just one of the rewards of working. It’s clearly important, and Nulsen pays the highest rates in the sector. However, the most intelligent people throughout history have repeated that money alone cannot buy happiness.
If you’ve ever watched TV on a weekday or late at night, it’s likely you’ll have seen an infomercial for Tony Robbins’ self-development products.
They may be a little cheesy, but one of Robbins’ key concepts is the six core needs of human happiness. This is different to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and is applicable to why a role in disability support is such meaningful work.
While screens and smartphones seem to have taken over the world, connection through face to face interactions is necessary to maintain positive mental health and happiness. In a disability Support Worker role, we’re lucky enough to interact with a wide range of personalities and backgrounds both in those we help, families and colleagues. It doesn’t take long for strong bonds to form a deep connection.
If the idea of being stuck in a mundane, repetitive job makes you queasy, you’ll be happy to know that no two days as a disability Support Worker are ever the same. Part of what makes the role unique is that you’ll regularly overcome unique challenges with the support of an experienced team. You’ll also likely be working with a few different people on any given week, keeping things fresh and exciting.
While variety is the spice of life, it’s essential to have some stability to ensure life remains manageable. As a disability Support Worker, you’ll know your regular shifts ahead of time, which in many cases means you can schedule hours (though your coordinator) to fit around things like school pick-ups and drop-offs.
This is the whole “Why do I get out of bed in the morning?” question. Many of us will have worked a ‘stopgap’ job, either while studying or looking for direction in life. After a few weeks in a role like this, it’s obvious that income isn’t the only factor in career happiness.
Becoming a part of something larger than yourself by joining an organisation such as Nulsen, it’s easy to see where and how you significantly improve people’s lives – including your own.
At Nulsen, we’re firm believers in lifelong learning. Each new day offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the world and all it’s moving parts. In a Support Worker role you’ll get training, as well as opportunities to learn on the job. You might expand your knowledge of medications, techniques for mealtimes, training others, communication tools, as well as discovering more about the people you help every day.
As your experience grows, so too does your demand. Should you ever want a change of scenery to a new town, state, or even country, disability Support Workers remain in high demand.
There are jobs which take from you, but when you give you get so much more. Contributing to improving the lives of others is the kind of reward that many support workers look back on with fondness years down the line. Whether that’s helping cook a meal, or taking someone to the movies or their favourite pub; letting people live the life they want is, in itself, life-affirming.
Of course, there are other, more tactile benefits to being a disability Support Worker with Nulsen. As we already mentioned, Nulsen pays the highest rates in the sector. We offer salary packaging and flexible working arrangements so you can fit work into your other commitments.
On top of this, we have a supportive team environment, staff recognition program and professional development opportunities to give you new skills to make a bigger difference in people’s lives.
To see available positions and discover more about the training programs offered at Nulsen Disability Services, please visit our Careers Page.
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