Everyone looks for something different in their jobs. Be that career progression, fulfilling an aspiration, or making money. The one thing everyone looks for in a job though is a position that is rewarding. One that stretches and challenges us, one that makes us happy, one that makes us think, and one that is worth getting up in the morning for.
Perhaps this is why so many people look for jobs working with children. In this field, no two days – or indeed, two children – are the same. There is never a dull moment working with children, and while some days may be tiring and frustrating; it is always worthwhile.
Many people go through academia gaining relevant qualifications to work with children early on. Others decide to take this particular career path later on in life. If you belong to this group, it is never too late to find your dream job.
Before you can work with children – either on a paid or voluntary basis – you will need to have a police check. This is a legal requirement and may take a short while to clear. However once you’re given the go-ahead, you can begin your job search.
So what’s the next step:
- Decide which age group you feel most comfortable working with, or what type of position you would prefer. You can either be specific when you search or broad, but it’s a good idea to narrow your search down. This way you’ll know exactly what’s involved in your new career.
- Get as much experience working with children as possible. Even unpaid work – if you’re in a position to do so – will go in your favour as long as you can get a reference at the end. Many college courses will allow you to work towards obtaining qualifications and get experience.
The Job Search:
Like bagging a career in any niche, there are a number of ways to go about your search. The internet has completely transformed the job search, making it more efficient and streamlined. We can quickly and easily search for jobs anywhere and everywhere; all at the push of a button.
When looking for a job with children, you should always make sure you use appropriate sources. Specialist recruitment companies should always be your first port of call. You know you can trust them, and they’re so well connected with the industry. They will be able to help you secure interviews with a multitude of companies, and do all the leg work for you.
Job specific websites, social media , and approaching companies directly are all methods you should try. A professional and up-to-date resume is essential; make sure you include you all relevant experience working with children.
Alternative Careers with Kids:
When it comes to working with children, there are more jobs than a teacher. Here are just some of the alternative careers available working with kids of all ages – some of which, you may never have even thought of:
- Brownie/Cub Scout Leader
- Summer Camp Leader
- Child Psychologist
- Sports Coach
- Out-of-Hours Tutor
- Juvenile Attorney
- Nursery Nurse/ Day Care
- Social Care
- Special Needs Teacher
- Classroom Assistant
- Lunchtime Staff at a School
Like when searching for any job, perseverance is key. You may need to retrain, gain new qualifications, and go back to college. But if you’re looking for a diverse, challenging, and rewarding career; working with children is certainly a great option.
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