When it comes to choosing a job, it can be all too easy to get swept up in the narrative that a career involving a lot of responsibility and a large pay packet is the ultimate goal in life. While some people may aspire to have this kind of career, others may be left feeling cold and unfulfilled. If this is the case, you may be better suited to a career with a bit more heart, where you can come home at the end of the day feeling the sense of achievement that you have helped others really made a positive difference to the world. Read on to find out more about six caring career paths that are perfect for an empathetic and caring individual.
If you have ever experienced foot problems, such as corns and bunions, you know just how painful and debilitating such issues can be. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who provide preventative care, diagnosis, and treatment for problems affecting the feet, ankles, and legs. You will be instrumental in relieving pain and treating infections of the feet and lower legs, helping patients to get back on their feet and become more mobile. As a podiatrist, you will help all different types of patients, from people with diabetes who have circulatory problems and might be at risk of amputation to dancers who experience foot injuries due to the stress of long rehearsal and performance hours.
2. Registered nurse
As a registered nurse, you will be instrumental in providing excellent care to a range of patients in a range of settings. As well as caring for patients in a hospital ward, you could work in other healthcare facilities like physician offices, as well as visiting patients in their own homes and assisting surgeons in theatre. As health emergencies are not restricted to happening only at the hospital, you can even find nursing contracts in some more unusual settings, such as on a cruise liner. Nurses need a degree in order to take their state licensure exam and become registered. If you are looking to change careers to nursing and already have a bachelor’s degree, look for online accelerated BSN nursing programs. This way, your existing credits can be put towards your degree, meaning that you will only have to complete nursing-specific courses so that you can earn your BSN in only 16 months.
3. Holistic therapy
Holistic therapy is a type of therapy that addresses the individual as a whole rather than a set of symptoms, looking at them in terms of their mind, body, and spirit. It involves holistic practices such as reiki healing, massage, and yoga. Recent years has seen an increase in interest in holistic therapies, perhaps due to an increasing awareness of mental health issues such as anxiety and the desire to alleviate and manage such conditions without resorting to medication. There are many professional courses available in various holistic therapy practices in which you can develop your expertise. However, remember that holistic therapies are no substitute for medical care in some situations, so remember to deal with each client on an individual basis.
4. Elder care assistant
Being an elder care assistant is one of the most privileged careers you can have, and if you have ever had an elderly member of your family, you will know just how important an empathetic and professional care assistant is to your relative’s continued quality of life. As an elder care assistant, you will help elderly people to retain as much of their independence as possible in their twilight years. You might visit patients in their own homes, helping them with daily activities like dressing and administering medications and treatments. Or, you could work in a care home facility to provide more in-depth care for residents who require a little more assistance. Either way, as an elder care assistant, you are in the privileged position to really help elderly patients continue to lead independent and happy lives as much as possible.
5. Counseling therapist
Over the past couple of years, understanding and appreciation for mental health has increased, with more and more people being open to the possibility of counseling and therapy as a way of keeping on top of their mental health. As a counseling therapist, you will be in the position to give people the tools to work through and resolve any past issues they have while developing a greater understanding of their behavior and better coping strategies. There are different branches of counseling that you can specialize in, in which you will help different people with different issues. For instance, as an addiction counselor, you will help people with addictive behaviors and who perhaps abuse alcohol and drugs to resolve any past issues that led to their addictions and develop better coping mechanisms. Or, if you enjoy working with young people, you could specialize in therapy for children who are struggling with learning or their parents’ divorce.
6. Emergency medical technician
If you thrive under pressure and are able to keep your cool in high-stress situations, a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT) might be the right one for you. As an EMT, you and your partner will be the first people on the scene of medical emergencies and, as such, will have to be prepared to deal with whatever you may find, whether that is helping a woman to give birth or providing critical lifesaving care to people at the scene of an accident. You will be involved in life and death situations that are often traumatic, so you will need to be sure that you are able to deal with this and have a good support network in place to care for your own mental health as an EMT. Your colleagues in the EMT and trauma center will provide you with important support when faced with difficult situations. However, despite this, you will feel an immense amount of pride in being instrumental in saving people’s lives.