Politics and Business
Five careers to help make the world a better place
Have you ever felt the need to make a difference in the world? Not just a “smile at a stranger” kind of difference, but the kind of difference that can be felt for months or even years? The kind of difference you can see with your own eyes? Something that is impactful, a way to help people or communities thrive, and something that you know in your heart no one else could have done as well as you did?
You aren’t alone. All around the world people just like you are training for their dream jobs, one that will allow them to help people who need them most while also getting paid and advancing in their career. Here are just a handful of these careers:
A career in social work can be very rewarding. Social workers work in many different types of environments. Social workers can work in school settings, helping students to deal with problems at home or at school and helping teachers and parents communicate effectively. Social workers are also needed in the foster care system, to help vulnerable children and their families. They can even be found in the prison system and in hospitals. Social workers have a lasting impact on the people they serve, read more to see if social work is a good fit for you.
Therapy doesn’t have the negative connotation that it once embodied. People today are embracing their therapists. In fact, a study recently found that 42% of American adults have seen a counselor at some point in their lives. Children, teens, and adults rely on therapists to help them do everything from working through trauma and unpacking family issues to exploring possible career choices.
How many of you have a favorite teacher from your past? Maybe it was your kindergarten teacher who helped you learn how to tie your shoes, or a high school teacher who finally helped you understand geometry proofs. If you are reading this right now you can thank a teacher, or more likely several teachers who spent their lives teaching other students just like you, year after year. Teachers have a massive and lasting impact on each one of us.
Much like teaching, many of us have stories of nurses who made an impact on our lives. Nurses working anywhere from the emergency room to pediatric offices are providing life saving care, giving encouraging smiles, and helping people get through difficult situations. Nursing is a growing field, with growth projections of 12% through 2028.
While you hope you never need them, knowing that Emergency Service workers are just a phone call away is a comfort. These people are specially trained to provide life-saving services at the drop of a hat, thinking on their feet and diagnosing issues quickly in order to administer life-saving treatment.
Making a career out of helping others can be immensely rewarding, but don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. Even if you aren’t able to make a career out of helping others, studies have shown that even small acts of kindness can have a positive impact on both the giver and receiver, proving that Robert Ingersoll was right when he said “We rise by lifting others.”