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Making the jump: Transitioning into Disability or Youth Support

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2020 has been a year unlike any other in modern history. COVID-19 has thrown everyone's life into some form of disarray - from health to travel plans, and disruptions to employment, we’re all feeling it in some way. The changing work landscape has meant many people are re-assessing their work priorities whether it’s seeking a more value-filled role or looking for new work because their existing employer can no longer operate.

The great news, if you pay attention (and you do, because you’ve landed here!) is that despite a global recession, wonderful opportunities are definitely within reach. Don’t believe it? Keep in mind that a raft of companies was born during, or thrived in the 2008 recession; WhatsApp, NeWlix, Mailchimp, Instagram, Uber, Pinterest, Slack…the list goes on!

What does this mean? It means you can thrive too, and there isn’t a better time to switch career paths into the incredibly rewarding role of Youth or Disability Support Worker.

Here are some pathways into Youth or Disability Support Worker, success stories from people who have made the jump, and tips to help you transition into a rewarding career.

Early Childhood Educator to Youth Support Worker

Making the move from Early Childhood Educator to Youth Support Worker is easy. Coming from this sector, it’s likely you already hold some of minimum requirements, such recognised relevant qualifications (depending on your State or Territory), a Working with Children Check and First Aid Certificate.

Aged Care to Disability Support Worker

If you’re working in Aged Care but would love to work as a Disability Support Worker, there are bridges to make this happen. Many of the personal attributes, capabilities and specialist knowledge required to deliver quality Aged Care are transferrable to Disability Support work. If you’re experienced in residential settings, everyday tasks as cooking, cleaning and personal care, will prepare you for a career in Disability Support and some employers, like Edmen Community Staffing Solutions, may enable you to begin working straight away.

Healthcare Worker to Youth Support Worker

If you’re a health worker looking at transitioning into Residential Youth Work, you may already have a recognised relevant qualification to make the jump. For example, a diploma or degree in Nursing, Psychology or Mental Health are recognised relevant qualifications in both VIC and QLD for Residential Youth Work. If you already have these qualifications, you may only need to do a top up skills course to start working with young people in residential care.

Corporate to Care

Imagine trading in your office desk for a role where you matter and can make a difference in someone's life. After a family member was diagnosed with cancer, Edmen Disability Support Worker, Heidi, found her calling and switched careers. Read her success story here here.

School Leaver to Support Worker

Finished school and not sure what to do with your career? There are pathways set up specifically to support school leavers into Youth or Disability Support Work roles. A Certificate IV in Youth Work is the nationally recognised training that will give you the skills, knowledge and qualifications you need to kickstart your career in sector. While there are no formal qualifications you need to become a Disability Support Worker, learn you can improve your employment prospects here.


Finally, working with a recruiter is a great place to get started in Youth and Disability Support Work opportunities. A recruiter already has the industry contacts to get the ball rolling quickly and can assist with finding the best-fit roles for you.

If you’re thinking about transitioning into Support Work from one of these industries or you’re a school leaver who has completed or is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Youth Work, reach out to the Edmen team today and make the move into a dynamic, rewarding career.