You care deeply about people and want a career where you can make a real difference. Practical, professional and rewarding, a career in community services gives you the opportunity to work hands-on with marginalised people, helping them improve their quality of life and gain access to a brighter future.
In an increasingly volatile and unstable world, vulnerable people are at a significant risk of being excluded from meaningfully participating in society. By working in community services, you’ll play a critical leading role in bridging the gap and ensuring vulnerable Australians have the tools, support and abilities to live meaningful, engaged and rewarding lives.
Covering a diverse range of roles, the community service sector enables professionals to work in a variety of areas. After completing a community services course, you may choose to work in a range of fields, including aged care, disability services, mental health counselling, emergency relief, housing or youth services.
As a community service worker, you’ll work closely with clients to identify the unique challenges they face, and design interventions and activities to best support the client and their community. With the client at the centre of your care, you’ll also tackle issues within a broader social context, and address issues including poverty, unemployment, domestic violence and discrimination.
If you’re passionate about the rights of all people and want to work to make a difference, a career in community services is for you.
You may study a community services course as a certificate or diploma course, or as a bachelor’s or master’s degree. After completing your qualification, you’ll likely seek employment as a community worker, and work closely with individuals and communities to ensure they can meet their own needs.