Being a Support Worker is a super rewarding job!
Well, for starters, you’re making a positive difference to someone’s life and helping them become more independent. This brings feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction.
It’s a great career choice for those who enjoy a varied job role, the opportunity to learn new things, embrace new training (often provided by your employer) as well as lots of fun and interesting interaction with others.
Some of the main highlights of being a Support Worker include being able to share new experiences together, creating memories and celebrating wins – big or small. Additionally, you help others overcome fears and challenges all the while building confidence and self-esteem.
How many other roles can say they tick all of these things? (Not many, right?!)
If this has peaked your interest (thus far), let’s now take a look at what skills are needed to be a Support Worker:
- First and foremost, you need to have a genuine interest in helping other people
- Great problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances
- Solid listening skills
- Good time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks when supporting multiple people during a shift (Ratio of care 1:2, 1:3 etc)
- Great verbal and written skills to be able to communicate with change-over staff, team leaders, stakeholders and to be mindful of adhering to case notation details to honour NDIS reporting guidelines…just to name a few!
If you can identify with these skills, read on!
By now you are probably wondering ‘so, what qualifications are needed to be a Support Worker?’
When starting out as a Support Worker, rest assured that experience in the care sector is helpful but not essential. You will, however, need to have obtained:
- Current First Aid and CPR Certification
- General understanding and awareness of WH&S
- Current driver’s licence and have a reliable, roadworthy vehicle
- Current NDIS Worker’s Screening Blue & Yellow Card
Employers (like our team at Sapphire Support), provide successful candidates with induction and training, as well as the opportunity to complete a Cert III in Individual Support (Disability) at no cost to you. Sapphire Support are also very big on upskilling staff with regular training such as manual handling courses (to give you an idea). At Sapphire Support, Support Worker’s always have the opportunity to learn and grow!
The final question you may be pondering on might be ‘so, how can I apply to be a Support Worker with Sapphire Support?’
It’s very easy! Simply submit your application online, here.
Interviews are underway, so don’t wait! Join our growing team helping many participants on the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region to live their best life!