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Never considered a career in aged care? Maybe it’s time to think again.

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A recent Australian survey has found that tertiary students are unlikely to consider a career in the aged care sector. But with the  majority of students also looking for a meaningful career that helps others, technology platform Mable is helping to encourage young people looking for rewarding work to give aged care another thought.

As reported by Aged Care Guide, recent research suggested that 62% of young people about to enter the workforce with a tertiary education would not consider a career in aged care. With an aged care workforce already struggling to meet demand, the results predict a dire future for the industry. Here at Mable, our growing community tells a very different story, with a large proportion of independent support workers joining Mable while they complete their university studies.

As an online platform which connects independent support workers directly to people looking for support, we see ourselves as redefining support for disability and aged care in Australia. We’re also redefining what it means to be a person who provides that support.

Through the Mable platform, a growing community of support workers are building rewarding, flexible careers in community care while working for themselves – and being introduced to an industry they may not have previously considered. Here’s why Mable’s model can help revive the sector’s flailing reputation.

Turning ‘a job’ into a passion

As reported here in The Source, 62% of the survey respondents said that aged care employment is “a job” rather than “a career.” It is true that most students who sign up to Mable are looking for flexible, rewarding work that can fit around their studies. It’s free to sign up to the platform, and you don’t require specific qualifications to provide social and domestic support to clients. A police check, an ABN, two references and if you intend to work those under 18, a Working with Children Check is all that’s needed. Independent support workers can choose clients they work with, when they work and how much they charge. It’s a model that perfectly suits someone who’s juggling work around university life.

For those students enrolled in complementary fields like healthcare, social services or management, ‘just a job’ to get you through uni can often ignite a spark that turns into a passion that follows you throughout your career.

An entry point to the wider community support sector

The Mable platform provides experience across a range of areas within community support. Many independent workers initially looking to support workers with disability find themselves accepting jobs from clients who are looking for aged care, and vice-versa. Many of the skills are transferable, and as an independent worker, you have the ability to go where the demand is. If you are new to the industry, working with clients via Mable gives you insight into a growing sector that provides a range of opportunities for career advancement. Working via Mable gives you the flexibility to continue to learn while you are studying and get hands-on experience working directly with clients while pursuing a career in allied health, nursing or parallel professions like disability support coordination or aged care case management. Many students who would not seek out a career in aged care at the outset find the experience of working with elderly clients uncovers an interest that leads them to pursue opportunities in the field.

Tapping into a desire to help others

Revealingly, 67 percent of students reported that they were seeking a fulfilling and meaningful career that helps others. However, most see a lack of experience with older people as a barrier to entry to the aged care sector. By providing an accessible, free platform for independent support workers to find clients in their area, Mable allows you to find meaningful work supporting others, regardless of your level of experience.

For many Mable clients, the best kind of support doesn’t necessarily come from someone who’s a seasoned professional. By allowing clients to search for support workers based on their interests and hobbies, personality type and other attributes like language, they can find support from like-minded people. With support being anything from a cup of coffee and a chat, to help in the garden, or a helping hand to use technology, it’s very likely that the person they’re looking for could be you.

Find out more about how you can work directly with clients seeking support in your local community, or sign up and start creating your free profile today.

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