How to: Choose the right course for a career in Health and Community Services

Community Services is one of Australia’s largest and most active industries. As part of the allied health sector, Community Services jobs (as you might have guessed from the name) serve the community in a wide variety of ways:

Because the industry is so diverse, there are several ways to approach your new career. From on-the-job training to Certificate and Diploma courses, to a Master’s degree, choosing the right Community Services course is one of the most important first steps on your new career journey.

How to choose the right Community Services course for you

Perhaps the best thing about pursuing a Community Services career is the balance of job diversity and career growth promised at the outset. A career in Community Services could mean working in a hospital, office, residential home, rehabilitation centre, counselling room or out in the community.

Here’s how to choose the right community services course from the many options available to you:

Start with yourself

  • What are your goals and ambitions?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • How long do you want to spend studying?
  • Do you prefer working one-on-one with people, in an office, or a care facility?
  • Would you rather work with young people, families, adults, or older people?
  • How has your life experience inspired your career choice?

Answering these questions honestly will narrow your search towards the right field. Only you can decide what area of Community Services you want to work in – but the good news is, once you decide you can pursue a Certificate or Diploma course specialised in your field.

Getting the best head-start

Some people start by volunteering for a Community Services organisation, before formalising their skills with a nationally-recognised course. Hands-on experience is always valuable, but it can only take you so far before you require a qualification.

Most Community Services jobs require a Certificate III or IV, or a Diploma that demonstrates the skills and knowledge specific to your chosen field. Diploma and Certificate courses can normally be completed in only 12 months. But remember, not all courses carry the same prestige. TrainSmart Australia graduates are sought-after nationwide because our courses exceed the industry standards for skills development and depth of learning.

Another option for Community Services careers is to complete a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an Australian university. Although they take significantly more time (and money) to complete than a Diploma, university courses are well-suited to people who want to become specialists or academics in fields like Counselling or Psychology.

TrainSmart Australia offers 11 nationally-recognised Community Services courses spanning the entire industry. Take the right first step by contacting us to request course information for your chosen field.

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