There are good future prospects for careers that highlight human connections. Social workers, counsellors and psychologists will be in high demand in the future, according to the Australian Government employment trends website, Job Outlook.
For those already employed in these sectors, on-the-job experience counts when there’s an opportunity for advancement, but upskilling with a formal qualification will give you an even better edge for promotion.
Jobs that make a difference
Career progression in allied health and community support means more day-to-day autonomy, improved job satisfaction, higher pay, and in some cases, the chance to influence social policy.
If you have browsed the job vacancies matching your professional aspirations lately, you know the value of a higher education in climbing the career ladder today.
Here are some courses to consider when its time to move up, or to specialise in your field:
- A psychology career begins with a Bachelor of Psychological Science. This degree covers applied psychology, social science, counselling and coaching. It suits people with a curious mind who enjoy using mathematics and statistics to explore social issues and solutions.
- An accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares you for professional practice in social welfare, with multiple opportunities for work in the human services sector in Australia and overseas.
- A Bachelor of Counselling prepares you for the rewards of counselling people or groups who are experiencing bereavement and loss, alcohol and other substance abuse, a variety of mental health problems, concerning lifestyle setbacks and relationship issues.
- A unique professional emphasis is available with a Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching). This degree emphasises human behaviour and motivation and suits those wanting to work in health or life and career coaching, or as a staff trainer in a workplace or corporate setting.
- A Bachelor of Applied Social Science gives you the essential skills for analysis and communication across a range of social sector positions, such as case management and in community health roles.
- The Graduate Diploma of Counselling suits people who have a degree in an unrelated discipline and want to become a counsellor. With this qualification, you can work nationally in the public, private and community sectors. PACFA registration is available to graduates, who have completed the industry association’s required hours of client contact.
- If you have an undergraduate degree in a field related to counselling, the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy qualifies you for listing on the PACFA register (conditions apply). Graduates can practice as psychotherapists in the public sector and at private clinics.
- If your prior undergraduate degree included particular psychology subjects, the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science boosts your prospects in the sectors of health and social welfare, social and market research, rehabilitation, the justice system and more.
- The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is the fifth year of the six years of study required to register as a psychologist and is for those with the background Psychology qualifications fitted to this registration pathway.
- A Master of Psychology (Clinical) covers the fifth and six-year sequence of clinical training, and is also a path to registration for people who already have a Psychology undergraduate degree.
Stress-free learning is crucial if you intend to keep working while you study. The secret is flexible options. Look for a course that offers full-time, part-time and online units, and check what’s involved should you need to switch delivery modes in the event of unforeseen changes to commitments at home or at work.
Remember, technology will be a feature of your return to formal study, regardless of learning mode, so it’s also worth asking a course adviser about digital learning platforms and current student feedback about software connection and ease of use.
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