Choose your

Career Path

As a support worker you can choose from several different sectors and explore a variety of roles within each one.

The sector you work in is up to you; each one has its own rewards and challenges.

What sort of work do you enjoy doing? What are your passions and issues you care about? Does your life experience suit any particular role in care and support? Take a look at the many options available.

Disability pathways

Disabilities can be physical, sensory or intellectual. People with disabilities do need assistance with the challenges they face but your goal will be to help them live as independently as possible and fully participate in the community.

Mental Health and Addiction pathways

People living with mental distress or addiction often need extra support to achieve their goals or engage in society as they wish. Using your compassion and communication skills, you’ll work with other professionals to provide and seek support, advice and guidance.

Residential Aged Care pathways

The residential aged care sector in New Zealand employs tens of thousands of people. As we all live longer, these numbers are only going to increase. If you’re a caring, understanding person who’s fit and healthy, and enjoys working as part of a team, there are countless opportunities to build a career in this sector.

Home and Community pathways

Many people with health or disability issues live independently at home. Sometimes they just need a little help. A role in the Home and Community sector is great for good communicators who are supportive, caring, well-organised, and love getting out and about.

Social Services and Peer Support pathways

Helping vulnerable people in your community often requires working closely and sensitively with individuals and their whanau. By finding solutions for those with personal or social problems you can make an enormous difference in people’s lives, and leverage your natural empathy and resilience.

Youth Work pathways

While young people can be more vulnerable than most, they have a corresponding potential that can make your job enormously rewarding. Helping them build relationships and healthy connections can be transformative.

What are you waiting for?
Start looking for a job now!

Many employers will support on-the-job training where you’ll have the opportunity to earn as you learn, get practical skills and work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification without taking on a student loan.

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