6 Excellent Career Options for People Who Love to Help Others

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There is one old proverb attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius saying that if you choose the job you love you will never have to work a single day in your life. We have to give this one to Confucius.  We are spending roughly one-third of our lives at our workplaces – wouldn’t it be great if could spend this time doing something we actually care about?

Sure. But, what to do if you are simply an extremely altruistic person and you feel the happiest when you can help someone out?

No reason to worry – the modern world is so complex and hard to navigate there are more than plenty of opportunities to make a good living solving others’ problems. Let us take a look at some of the most promising options you have at your disposal.

Education and teaching

Passing knowledge to other people and preparing them for various challenges of life has to be one of the noblest options you can ever pick. And keeping in mind the vast number of public and private educational institutions out there you won’t be lacking any employment options. And if you are interested in something that will help people with more specific problems, it is good to know that education also deals with more focused activities like educating kids with disabilities, providing essential work training, and much more. Of course, to do this you need to possess a high level of education yourself.

Social work

If you feel that education doesn’t do enough to solve the problems of our society and you want to do something that will produce more immediate and tangible results, how about considering starting your career as a social worker? You will get to help people with disabilities become better integrated with their communities, tackle challenging child protection tasks, oversee adoption processes, and try to improve the lives of people who are facing various mental, social, or health challenges. In other words, you are there, on the ground, working to make our world a better and more optimistic place one step at a time.

Child care

This option is very similar to social work but since you are working primarily with children you will need to develop educational skills as well. So, you really get the best of both worlds. What are your options here? Well depending on your commitment you can tackle anything from basic nursing to enrolling in a local voluntary out of home care (voohc) center where you will work on more responsible tasks and with children who are, for a variety of reasons, forced to leave parental supervision and move to one of these institutions. In either case, you will be in a position to offer these kids help when they need it the most.

Nursing and basic medical care

Much like education, nursing is yet another career option that offers excellent prospects both in the public in the private sector. As we’ve seen over the last couple of years, health emergencies have become a part of our lives, and nursing and basic medical care services are no longer exclusively associated with the elderly. On the other hand, the world is also experiencing a growing number of older citizens and the number of people over sixty is expected to double by 2050. All these people will probably need some sort of basic assistance or medical care and you can do so many good things by helping them deal with daily issues.

Emergency services

This is the closest you can go to becoming a real-life superhero without having to bother with the cape or a hood. Joking aside, first responders are true heroes of our society saving thousands of lives in the most literal and tangible manner all around the globe, 24/7. But, real-life heroism is not always as fun as glamorous as depicted in comic books, and working as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT requires a high level of physical condition, iron nerves, and the will to constantly put your life on the line to save others. But, being a first responder is also one of the most gratifying careers in existence.

Civil service

Yeah, we know what you are thinking right now – pushing pens is not really what you thought when looking for ways to improve people’s lives. Be that as it may, though, all the options we have covered above are nothing more than fighting the symptoms. If you want to make a real difference, you need to remove the causes of these problems and zoning laws, pushing some sort of beneficial piece of legislation or even something as simple as putting a STOP sign can save much more lives than you would ever be able to do with your bare two hands. Not the most exciting pick, but it works in the long run.

We hope these few mentioned help you realize that helping other people doesn’t have to be some noble thing you are doing in your free time. You can turn your passion for making a positive change into a real career and, as we had an opportunity to see above, the options you have at your disposal are more than plentiful. Even if you don’t find yourself in any of the professions we have mentioned, they should give you a good starting point for coming up with your own picks. Do your best then to turn your dreams into reality.

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