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Choosing a Career That Gives Back to Society

Choosing a Career That Gives Back to Society
Bethany Seton
Written by Bethany Seton

Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams.

It doesn’t matter if you’re finishing high school and looking for the right college to continue your education or someone who is unhappy at their current job and in need of a change, finding a career that feels fulfilling can often be very hard.

If the 9-to-5 hustle and bustle of working in an office do not sound appealing to you, maybe opting for a career path that allows you to help people is something you should consider. We’ve compiled a list of such professions, so take to look and see whether you see yourself in any of them.

Choosing a Career

Healthcare

One field that has a huge impact on people’s lives is definitely healthcare. Deciding to become a doctor or nurse means that you will see how your work affects the individuals you help.

Keep in mind, however, that this takes a lot of work. Depending on what you wish to do, you have to get a degree in medicine and go through various internships, specializations and so on. Seeing as how there are many branches of medicine, you can choose what suits you best, whether it’s orthopedics, psychology or neurology.

The good thing here is that there are plenty of places where you can work, from hospitals and private clinics to working in the military. You can decide to work with the elderly or people with a disability and become an in-house nurse, for instance. On the other hand, you can also dedicate yourself to medical research and work on finding various new cures.

Education

Choosing a career in education means that you will be able to directly influence individuals and see their growth and development. Just like medicine, education offers a wide variety of options for you to choose from. For example, you can teach primary or secondary schools or you can even become a college professor.

You can also work with students with special needs and disabilities. If you are not great with kids, you’ll be happy to know that you can also work with adults. While you do need a degree to work as a teacher, some jobs do not require it, like childcare and playwork, so look into those options as well.

Social work

Another way you can help people change their lives is by opting for a career in social work. Youth workers, for instance, try to help out children and teenagers with various issues, from mental health to homelessness.

By obtaining a community services diploma, you will learn the best ways to understand and counsel people when it comes to their problems. These qualifications will also help you navigate and manage ethical and legal procedures and policies. You can also work as a counselor in schools and job search centers. Working with seniors, poverty-affected individuals or other vulnerable groups is also a fulfilling career path.

Law

When it comes to law, there are many different paths you can take but not all of them involve helping people. Seeing as how numerous branches in law, you should consider what would make you happy and follow that instinct. If you opt for criminal law, you can work as a defense attorney and help innocent people avoid jail, or you can be a prosecutor and bring criminals to justice.

On the other hand, you can invest your time in immigration law and help people who need asylum. Family and civil rights law can make a real difference when it comes to people’s lives, whether it’s aiding in adoption or helping with discrimination cases. Furthermore, business and real estate lawyers can help people achieve their goals.

Emergency services

If you wish to help your city and community, you can decide to become a first responder. Joining the local fire or police department or ambulance service is no easy task but if you manage it, it will be really satisfying. However, you need to bear in mind that this is a difficult and dangerous job which requires you to go through a lot of training.

Knowing how to react in stressful and life-threatening situations is crucial for this line of work. You might have to work during extreme weather, during serious threats like terrorist attacks and with plenty of people who refuse to listen to you.

However, if this is something you are interested in, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, so look into what is needed to join the emergency services in your area.

Other than these five, there are so many more options for you to consider. For example, working for companies that help the environment, doing charity work, providing individuals in need with healthy meals and medicine or even becoming a veterinarian can help people in ways you cannot even imagine. Follow your dreams and you are sure to make a difference.

Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.

We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.

I accepted diversity in the world and the beauty of telling your honest opinion on things.

2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?

I appreciate my ability to connect with people, to share their stories.

3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.

My biggest achievements are my 4 friendships for life ( Jen, Nico, Teo, Andrea – love you)!

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About the author

Bethany Seton

Bethany Seton

Bethany Seton is a recent economics graduate, working for the last two years as a community counselor. Before settling in an office again, she decided to follow her passions for writing and traveling. Currently, she travels with her laptop and writes for various blogs, hoping one day she will gather all the experience she gets in one book.

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