As the saying goes:
“Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
The same can be applied for choosing a career which enables you to help and empower others and reap the rewards. If that’s the sort of career you would truly love, then the saying applies to you.
It’s a natural need to want to help others – call it maternal instinct or just being a good person – and if you’re looking for a change of career (or perhaps starting out completely fresh in a new one) and you’re struggling for ideas, maybe this can be of benefit.
‘Helping people’ can extend too many jobs, and it’s up to you how you want to interpret that and what kind of help you want to give.
• Do you want to help someone physically or mentally?
• Do you want to help someone without them even knowing they’re being helped?
• Or would you rather be on the frontline and develop intimate relationships with those you’re assisting?
Asking yourself these questions will help you take the right path for you.
Also, ask yourself some basic personality questions. Are you more of an introvert who would prefer to help people through means where there is little physical contact and socialization in person?
Or are you a talkative extrovert who loves the idea of being surrounded by people all day every day, making people laugh and smile with your stories?
Once you’ve accepted yourself for who you truly are and your best personality traits, you can tailor these towards a career which will really work for you as a person.
There is no enjoyment in forcing yourself to be a loud personality whose job is to entertain a person all day if that is your worst nightmare. No matter how much this might help the other person, it’s also not fair to put yourself through something you would be uncomfortable with.
You will be able to reap the rewards a lot better if you help yourself, too, along the way. There is nothing wrong with self-care and self-love in your career. In fact, it’s paramount.
If you’ve decided that you’re not sure which career path to follow, but you do know that you naturally enjoy helping people and would love to build a career which focuses on that, check out the following ideas.
Nursing is an excellent option for those who love not only socializing with a vast range of people and helping them with emotional and friendly support but combining this with physical and health-related care to ensure the person is physically sound.
If you’ve often considered a medical profession but haven’t been tempted by a career as a doctor, surgeon or dentist, to name but a few, then perhaps nursing is the right choice for you.
This path allows for a more intimate bond with people and their families rather than other medical professionals who may not be permitted more than fleeting moments with patients before moving on to the next.
This is also a prime example of how training schemes and career options now have a huge online presence these days; for there are many examples of nursing programs which are online based and which can be fit around your schedule.
Perhaps you’re starting out in the nursing profession and beginning from scratch, or maybe you’re already a registered nurse, and you would like to gain more qualifications and responsibility in your chosen career path. This can all be achieved and obtained with passion and enthusiasm.
A prime example of how this development can easily be available to someone in such a position is Baylor University’s FNP program.
This Family Nurse Practitioner qualification is an encouraging next step in your nursing career and is the perfect option for a registered nurse who would like to have primary care of patients across their lifespan.
This is a crucial and vital role for any person suffering a crisis, and to be a dispatcher would mean you are the caller’s first point of contact.
If you are the type of person who thrives under pressure, but also able to remain calm in the worst situations, this one could be an option for you.
Of course, you may feel like a 911 dispatcher isn’t as important as the emergency services who follow on from the call and are sent out to deal with the emergency, but you shouldn’t think this way.
For that one caller at that moment, you will make a whole world of difference to them.
A caller may be terrified about an intruder in their home, or a person may be worried about a loved one who has fallen unconscious. If you manage to keep the person calm and convince them that everything will be okay, they will remember that for the rest of their lives.
You are not only providing an important service in analyzing the situation and dispatching the correct emergency service, but you are also providing a calming presence to the person on the other end, and sometimes that one person (you) makes all the difference to them.
If you’re a foodie who loves eating healthy and making great life choices and would love a career which allows you to help other people do the same, this one could be a choice for you.
Dietitians get to work closely with people and develop individual solutions tailored for them, which can help you form a personal bond with others depending on their circumstances and truly feel rewarded if you help a person get back on the right path to excellent health and make them feel good about themselves in the long run.
You’ll also get to meet a vast range of people, as dietitians can be used in any area such as a hospital, school, or nursing home.
You’ll also need to be savvy about food science and healthy diets, of course. If you already are, then that’s half the battle already won for this career choice.
Perhaps you’re not a talker, but you love the idea of helping someone. Massage is not only important for the physical side of things but mentally as well, as massage can help a person’s mind de-stress as well as working the knots and tightness out of their muscles.
If you like the idea of helping somebody mentally and physically without having to say much, while also being surrounded by relaxing scents and sounds and working in a peaceful environment, this one could be a choice for you.
This can also be great if you like the idea of surveying an individual person’s wants and needs for their body and mind and working a massage plan tailored just for that individual to truly help them get the best solution for their tight muscles.
Plus, it’ll be a rewarding feeling when you can truly feel and see all the help and difference your good work has made.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs you can aim for, especially if your students are young and impressionable. Teaching is such an important profession in the nurturing of a person’s education and emotional career.
You’ll surely have that one favorite teacher you can remember from a certain point in your life, one that stuck with you and really made all the difference – and that could be your role for somebody else.
Sometimes, all a struggling student needs is that one teacher who believes in them and does everything in their power to help them through it.
Watching that person succeed is a fantastic feeling for somebody who enjoys helping others and would like to make a difference.
Perhaps that person will go on to be (and do) something sensational, and you could have been that one integral cog in the works that made all the difference.
Mental health is fast becoming more talked about, and with good reason – mental health is just as important as physical health, and a career in psychiatry means you can genuinely help somebody who is suffering mentally, whether from depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
Therapy is a fantastic career choice for medically minded people who want to help in an emotional capacity, and being the person who patients can talk to about their fears and mental health issues is an important role to undertake.
So Where Does This Lead?
As mentioned earlier, you really need to evaluate the kind of person you are and how your natural instincts can be best channeled into your career choice. Would it be more emotional help, physical help, or a combination of both?
There are naturally strains with any career option, and just because the careers listed here may be rewarding and fulfilling doesn’t mean they will come without their pressures and stress.
The important thing to remember is that when you are working in a career which makes a difference, then all the pressures and stress become worth it.
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’ve accepted that I am where I am and that’s a good thing.
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 have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space. I need to be more mindful of my tolerance of others.
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.
I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a smallholding surrounded by animals. My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.