/EINPresswire.com/The community care and disability sector currently employs more than 26,000 people in New South Wales alone, making it one of the largest industries in Australia, and employers are expecting to recruit a further 40,000 people in the next five years.

carecareers reports job opportunities in the disability and community care sector are booming; employers in this sector are looking to recruit 40,000 people in the next five years because the number of people using these services is expected to rise to 350,000.

Work in the disability or community care sector appeals to many; with 63 per cent of respondents in a poll conducted by carecareers stating that this work would be either ‘quite or very rewarding’. Yet only 24 per cent of people have considered a career in the sector.

Getting a foot in the door with an organisation to commence work as a disability support worker is not as hard as it may seem. Many people working in the disability sector have not had any experience initially but have simply displayed a genuine and passionate desire to work in the area.

The great thing is that organisations are really keen to meet people who are enthusiastic about joining their organisation and supporting people living with disability, to have valued roles in the community.

Employers recognise that skills are transferable from other areas. As an example of this, many people who have not had any formal training in disability support are able to provide great responses to interview questions around how they would practically support someone with a disability. Their answers may have stemmed from previous roles where their skills are transferable, or they may have had a caring role in their family, community or friendship circle.

Organisations also recognise that some people entering the disability workforce will be starting from scratch, so they have great on-the-job training opportunities. Many organisations even offer traineeships so that formal qualifications can be gained whilst earning an income, and with the support of the organisation.

It’s important to shop around for an organisation where your personal values are aligned with the organisation’s core values.

Contacting organisations of interest and asking to spend a few days working alongside a team member, to see what the job is really like, is also a good starting point. It provides an idea of how the company supports its staff and will show what support is provided to people living with disability.

Work in the disability sector can be pretty flexible so, for those already working full time during the week, volunteering on a Saturday or Sunday for a few hours will provide valuable insight.

Of course, there are certain skills and personality traits that make a good disability support worker. These include good communication skills, reliability, honesty, a sense of responsibility and a respect for difference.

Great support workers are also people who share the same interests as the person they are supporting. They are always looking for opportunities where the person they are supporting can connect with and form friendships within their community, and they are people who are focused on finding ways that will better support a person to have an ordinary and good life.

For those interested in becoming a disability support worker, search for a job on the carecareers website or look in the Employer Directory for organisations of interest. Make the first step to entering the sector by contacting these organisations proactively.

About carecareers:
Recognising the need to improve attraction, recruitment and retention within the community care and disability sector, in order to develop a sustainable workforce to meet the growing demands, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), Department of Families and Communities (NSW) has funded a workforce recruitment initiative developed by National Disability Services (NDS), NSW.

The carecareers project is designed to grow the pool of talent available within the NSW disability care sector, and to develop, implement and test a number of targeted attraction strategies. The carecareers employment website is a one-stop shop for those interested in finding out more about a career in the sector and functions much like Seek or MyCareer but also offers a careers advisory service and help-line for job seekers.

For further information, images, or to request an interview, please contact:
Rhonda Yanitsas
Tel: 1300 637 637
E-mail: [email protected]

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