How do you know which aged care course is better for you? What if it doesn’t meet your needs? What if you do it quickly but still can’t get a job? What if it is done quickly and you can’t remember what you learn?
All of the above questions are really important questions and key points to completing a training course.
You really want to work in Aged Care, great choice, there are lots of employment opportunities (over 50,000 carers needed in the coming years). Some of you may be coming from a different industry, but after assisting with the care of your parents, raising children or helping others – you know that it is where your heart is and where you would like your next career move to be.
After doing some research, you know that you need to complete CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) as the minimum to enter into the industry…. the first step is done – you now know what course you need to study. You will also need a current National Police Certificate, First Aid Certificate and your immunisation up to date.
But how do you know who to study with? There are over 500 RTO’s that offer this course in Australia – both TAFE and Private RTO’s. This is overwhelming – You never knew how many options there would be, how do you know what to look for?
There are many options out there for formal training and obtaining the qualification, but you just don’t want the piece of paper – you want an interactive and rewarding training experience, with quality employment outcomes and to have the satisfaction that you really have achieved this with the support of your trainer.
Obtaining the knowledge to become a great carer is important, but you also need to learn the skills for applying these into the workplace. What to do when a client has a fall, when they are feeling unwell, when they are struggling with their meals and personal care, when there is no family support or they feel they are being mistreated…. while maintaining their integrity, building their trust and providing them with an empathetic and caring approach to meet all of their needs. We are all going to age – you want to know that the person who is going to assist you through this process will treat you well and have your best interests in mind at all times.
Being able to learn in a simulated training environment with real-life resources and practical application of skills while still learning all of the legislation and requirements to become an outstanding carer is really important to ensuring that your skills will be learnt while in training and then transferred into the workplace with confidence.
Your trainer will be your support and guidance along the way – a great trainer will assist you to meet your individual goals as a person as well. Your trainer should know the industry and come with a wealth of hands-on experience. They should be someone who still engages with industry and in a lot of cases still undertakes some work within the industry themselves to ensure that you are gaining current industry skills.
You will need to be committed to completing the course, with drive and passion to work within a rewarding industry – but also with your softer side to nurture and care for someone. You can certainly do this.
Before you sign on the dotted line and enrol into a course, look at your ability to commit. What time can you commit to the course? Can you attend the face to face courses? (there are online opportunities – but what about the simulated experience and learning of skills before you hit to the workplace?). Can you commit to attending the face to face training? Can you commit to attending the 120 hours minimum placement? Can you commit to the hours after obtaining the qualification and employment? (start times 6-6.30am and there may be some night shifts in there too).
Make sure you do some research on your training provider – check their reviews and feedback, look for their audit results (you should find them on their website), ring and ask questions – or email if you prefer, don’t be afraid to ask questions – this is your future and your time, money and commitment to ensure you meet your goals and aspirations. Get as much information as you can and make a decision based on factual evidence rather than just cost.
A cheaper course is not necessarily going to provide you with the same outcome – and sometimes can work out more expensive in the long run. Research what is included in the course – national police check, first aid certificate, manual handling, bed making, personal care strategies and simulation, infection control, healthy bodies practical skills such as – blood pressure/ urinalysis/ temperature / diabetic testing and learning real-life skills of what to look for when caring for someone.
Knowing that the industry needs at least 50,000 more carers in the next 5 years – there is a big employment opportunity for you, as long as you are trained well and the RTO you choose has great industry contacts….. you can be one of those 50,000!
Maby running your feet over some soft carpet for a few minutes will soften your mind and help you to choose the right career path.
Check out our quality assured aged care courses at our Caboolture office at https://aspiretosucceed.com.au/aged-care-courses/