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5 of the most flexible career options

23 November 2017 | Training

When it comes to work, we all have different motivators. Some do it for the money, while for others, job satisfaction or socialisation is more important.

In most cases, it’s a mix of all of these elements that makes going to work a rewarding experience.

But for an increasing number of Australians, flexibility is becoming the holy grail of the workplace as they seek to find more balance in their lives.

Flexibility in the workplace can mean many different things, from the hours you work through to where you do it. But it shares one common link – the ability to earn money while complementing other priorities in your life. Research has shown that having this balance or freedom is the main driver of job satisfaction,

So if you’re looking for a career that’s challenging and rewarding, as well offering flexibility in where and when you do it, her ares some of the best jobs in Australia to consider.


1.    Childcare and nannying

Working in childcare and nannying is hugely rewarding because of the strong bonds you form with the families and children you work with, but also the opportunity to apply your trade anywhere in the world.

As a nanny, you take on the important role of being responsible for the physical, emotional and educational wellbeing of children, but your relationship with individual families also generally allows you to have more say in your terms of employment.

Hessel Group offers a range of courses to prepare you for work as a nanny or in childcare.


2.    Disability support worker

There’s no more satisfying career than helping others.

In fact, the annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey released earlier this year found that personal service workers, including disability support workers, aged care workers and childcare workers, are among the most satisfied when it comes to their career.

The reason is simple, making a difference to another person’s quality of life is one of the most rewarding things you can do. At the same time, going to work provides variety, you have flexible hours and it’s challenging and rewarding.

As a disability support worker, you’ll be developing and implementing plans to help those living with a disability reach their individual goals. On a day-to-day basis, you may be facilitating outings or social activities, carrying out household tasks such as cooking and cleaning and providing companionship.

Hessel Group offers a range of courses to prepare you for work as a disability support worker, as well as great employment opportunities.


3.    Personal trainer or fitness professional

In terms of industries, the most satisfied in the 2017 HIILDA survey was the category of Arts and Recreation Services. No surprise given that much of this sector is driven by a passion or strong interest, as opposed to qualifications and the promise of a big salary.

Digging further into the figures, one of the fastest growing professions in this sector is personal training. Since 2011, there has been a 27 percent increase in fitness instructors, largely driven by more people becoming interested in fitness and health, as well as growing concerns about obesity.

It also happens to be a job where you can be fit and healthy, enjoy the outdoors, and that you can take with you to any part of the world.


4.    Health and aged care

Australia is in the midst of an aged-care boom, with over 65s being one of the fastest growing segments. This trend is being driven by longer life expectancy.

Healthcare and social assistance, which includes doctors, nurses, dentists and aged care workers, has made the largest contribution to jobs growth over the last 15 years. It now employs one in eight Australian workers, or more than 1.5 million.

The range of employment opportunities in this sector is enormous, and being a sector that never sleeps, finding employment on your terms is easier than in most other industries making it one of the best jobs in Australia. Best of all, your skills are transferable to every city or country in the world.


5.    Freelance creative

Whether you’re a designer, writer or social influencer, the rapid rise of technology and e-commerce has made carving out a career as a freelancer more realistic than ever. Recent research found that there has been an increase of more than 370,000 freelancers in the last decade, with an estimated 4.1 million, or a third of the workforce, now freelancing in some form. More than 57 percent of freelancers made the shift not out of necessity, but by choice, with flexibility, freedom and improved work/life balance.

It’s not surprising given the increase in services that connect freelancers to work, as well as being a career where you are almost in total control of how and when you want to work.


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