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5 Ethical Career Choices for Your Second (or Third!) Career

5 Ethical Career Choices for Your Second (or Third!) Career
Yvette McKenzie
Written by Yvette McKenzie

Are you thinking about your next career? Many sources suggest that we’ll all have more than four separate careers in our working lives now, which means there’s plenty of time to find a job role that you’re passionate about – particularly if you’re on the hunt for an ethical, sustainable career.

A recent survey by consultancy Global Tolerance showed 42% of people now want to work for an organisation that has a positive impact on the world. There are so many career roles out there that you can do that allow you to give back to the world, your community and other people.

Here are five ethical careers choices you could consider if you’re thinking of moving on to your next job role.

#1: Work as a Nutritional Medicine Adviser in private practice

According to the ABS, 63.4% of Australians aged 18 years and over are now overweight or obese – that’s more than 12 million people. One of the most rewarding jobs you can get into is to work in the area of nutritional medicine. You’ll learn about the history of complementary and alternative medicine, public health and about the body’s bioscience. 

Ethical careers - Work as a Nutritional Medicine Adviser in private practice

You could consider doing a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) online to get accredited qualifications that will help you gain employment in the industry, or allow you to set up your own private practice. You might even decide to specialise in assisting a particular group, such as seniors, diabetics or children, depending on your interests. Getting into nutritional medicine is a great way to give back to people with the career path you choose.

#2: Become a Mental Health Support Worker specialising in Alcohol & Other Drugs

One in five people in Australia has experienced a mental health issue at some point in their lives, and in some cases, these issues can arise due to problems with alcohol and other drugs. Becoming a mental health support worker is a rewarding career that allows you to use your knowledge and resources to assist those who might be struggling.

Ethical Careers - Become a Mental Health Support Worker specialising in Alcohol & Other Drugs

There are specialist qualifications such as the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs which gives you the skills to work with diverse people in a legally and ethically sound framework while learning how to help your clients with establishing self-directed recovery relationships. You can learn to help them manage their personal stressors in the work and home environment, and how to essentially, better their lives and their futures. There are now 20,700 workers in similar roles in Australia and over the past five years the number of jobs in this sector has grown strongly.

#3: Work as a Childhood Education Manager in child care

It’s a growing sector; of the 3.8 million children aged 0-12 years in this country, 48% (1.8 million) usually attend some type of child care, and numbers continue to swell. Giving back to your community by providing quality care and learning to our youngest Australians is an ethical and sustainable career path that you can advance with as you gain further qualifications.

Ethical careers - Work as a Childhood Education Manager in child care

As of 2012, the Australian government tightened up the requirements for qualifications that child care workers and managers had to have. The good news is that many can be studied in a flexible format, for example, the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care which equips you to take on a more managerial role in early childhood education. You’ll learn how to provide care for children and to nurture their creativity. There are also modules on embedding sustainable practices in service operations, to ensure your passion for your community and environment translates to your workplace.

#4: Take on the role of Workplace Health & Safety Officer

Every year, thousands of Australians are injured at work, some so drastically that it ends up affecting their entire lives. Working in the area of workplace health and safety is an excellent way to ensure you have a career where you will be directly giving back to people, and ensuring their safety on the job.

Ethical Careers - Workplace Health & Safety Officer

You can study a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety online which equips you to find a role as a WHS officer in many types of working environments. This certificate teaches you how to implement and maintain WHS management systems and how to monitor environmentally sustainable work practices. If you have a passion for ethical business practices, then this is one type of role where you will be able to use your influence to set up a great framework for the organisation that is lucky enough to hire you.

#5: Organise Ethical and Environmental Events as an Event Manager

Event management is a great career to get into. The event promotion and management services industry in Australia is now worth 3 billion dollars and it’s growing year on year. You could gain formal qualifications in this area that would allow you to work within sustainable events, such as music festivals, community arts projects or even in smaller events, such as “green” weddings or eco-friendly business retreats.

Ethical Careers - Organise Ethical and Environmental Events as an Event Manager

Consider doing a Diploma of Event Management online to put your resume at the top of the pack. Learn to lead and manage people, monitor work operations and to select event venues and sites. You’ll also gain insights into managing event staging components and to source sustainable products, and information on the events industry. Give back with your career by framing your aspirations in an ethical, community-minded career that you can take in many directions.

It’s OK to “think outside the box”.

There are so many career paths out there, so how do you know what’s best for you?

Consider your career outcomes carefully and select a course that covers modules that match the skills you’ll need for a future job role. Read job ads online and see what sparks your interest. Do a critical skills gap analysis and aim to give yourself the best chance of employment by studying to get the qualifications you need to succeed in your chosen ethical career.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Upskilled. EWP strives only to work with organisations that meet our high ethical standards. For more information about our policies, click here.

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About the author

Yvette McKenzie

Yvette McKenzie

Yvette McKenzie is a content marketer for Upskilled. She is passionate about sustainable business practices, online education and helping people to live their best lives by studying to achieve their goals.

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