Job hunting preparation
When researching what sector you would like to work in, be mindful that each State and Territory can have its own legislation that determines policies and practices, and minimum qualification requirements. Most employers will require you to have relevant checks to ensure you can work with vulnerable persons, for example through a Working with Children Check.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has resulted in a need to increase staff levels especially in case management in the disability sector. This scheme is allowing participants to have a choice over the services and support they require.
The skills that employers are looking for in employees in most sectors are Active Listening, Speaking, Complex Problem Solving, Social Perceptiveness, Judgment and Decision Making.
Skills for the future are Digital Literacy, Emotional Intelligence and Resilience and Cultural Competence.
Jobs in the Community Services industry, particularly those which involve working directly with people, are unlikely to be affected by automation. As the Australian population ages, there will continue to be an increased need for staff in these areas.