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Career Pathways Which Center Around Helping People

by Louise W. Rice

Whether you are still studying at high school or college and are looking into your future career, or else you are already working full-time in one profession and you are craving a different challenge that is perhaps more impactful, then there is no better professional pursuit than a career fully immersed in helping others.

With this in mind, here, for your information and to hopefully inspire you to make a decision about which career pathway to pursue, are seven career pathways that center around helping people.

1. Fundraising Manager

The primary duties of full-time fundraising managers working for either a private company or, more often than not, a registered charity involve leading a small or indeed substantially large team of workers in coming up with effective, lucrative, and innovative ways to raise funds for the business or charity.

Typical roles and responsibilities of a fundraising manager include but are in no way limited to the following:

  • The submitting, uploading, planning, and writing of various press releases as and when required
  • The preparation of quarterly and annual budgets
  • The implementation of a plethora of different promotional strategies and marketing campaigns
  • The establishment of excellent professional relationships with other members of fundraising staff, other fundraising teams as well as the media, and general members of the public
  • Conducting an intense research on a myriad of different opportunities related to fundraising
  • Preparing proposals for funding and then submitting and/or presenting said proposals to potential companies and individuals who may donate
  • Thinking and implementing new and innovative ways to raise funds

2. Attorney

Upon first glance, a career as a successful attorney may not overtly seem like one that directly helps people, and when you conjure up such jobs, an attorney is unlikely to come straight to your mind.

However, for some people, an attorney they hired a month, a year, or a decade ago has probably made such a seminal and notable impact on the lives of not just them, but their loved ones as well, that they would easily place attorneys at the top of their proverbial list.

There is a multitude of ways in which attorneys directly help people from all lifestyles and ways of life as this forms the fundamental basis of their career. Such ways include the following, to name but a few:

  • Advising other attorneys, solicitors, and other professionals in the world of law
  • Drawing, writing, and even presenting their own opinions to such professionals
  • Preparing and presenting their arguments in an official court setting
  • A great deal of work surrounding advocacy in an official court setting
  • Drafting comprehensive, thorough, and exceedingly well researched legal documents
  • Managing and mastering a wide range of different types of legal cases
  • A vast and extensive knowledge surrounding law and becoming skilled at law interpretation
  • Examining and, conversely, cross-examining various witnesses in an official court setting
  • Preparing a multitude of different types of cases ready for court, including preparing legal arguments, holding client conferences, and a host of other preparative responsibilities

3. Social Work

A more obvious yet just as important career pathway that not only positively influences and even changes the lives of individuals, but groups of people, entire families, and even, on occasion, whole communities, is that of a social worker.

Social work can be an intensely emotional career pathway to choose, especially if you are positioned in a situation whereby you have the deepest empathy and compassion for the people you are supporting.

There is a wide plethora of daily duties and roles performed by a professional and qualified social worker, including, of course, the following, to name but a few:

  • Acting as a professional advocate and safeguarding for vulnerable people from all walks of life
  • The provision of support and client advocacy for individuals living with a wide variety of different learning disabilities, as well as homelessness, foster-system children and adolescents, and people who are addicted to substance abuse
  • Compiling, researching, and writing reviews for each and every case they work on
  • The regular attendance of education conferences and the preparation and presentation of reports for such meetings and conferences
  • Continuously working to build professional levels of rapport and trust with disabled and vulnerable people and to offer the appropriate protection as well as the reasonable insurance for safety
  • The attendance of team meetings and the professional representation of both the company for which you work as well as the organization of social workers in general
  • The provision of appropriate information as well as a professional opinion to counselors and therapists

4. Psychologist

Another career pathway in which many people would say a member of this profession has revolutionized their life is that of a psychologist.

If one good thing can be said to have come out of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, it is that the topic of mental health and emotional well-being is finally at the forefront of conversation, both in the media and amongst friends and families. Psychologists’ responsibilities are genuinely fascinating, and as they regularly often work with people who have or are currently experiencing significant trauma, they undergo rigorous and intensive training before they are allowed to earn their license.

Naturally, dependent entirely on who the particulate psychologist is treating, their daily duties will differ perhaps quite vastly, but nevertheless, there are some more general responsibilities a psychologist has, such as:

  • Undertaking thorough research
  • Researching and writing detailed reports
  • Helping their clients to make positive changes to client’s lives
  • Administering, developing, and monitoring original and practiced treatment strategies and treatments

5. Paramedic

Whenever a person, or indeed a group of people, is involved in an accident or other incident, and there is one or more injury sustained, however severe said injury may be, the first person on the scene apart from gawping bystanders is that of the paramedic.

Paramedics are highly trained in a multitude of areas and medical disciplines and provide exceedingly specialist medical care and treatment to any injured person on the scene, and with that, paramedics are at the very forefront of helping others and do so every single day.

Typical roles and responsibilities of a paramedic include the following:

  • Immediately responding to 991 emergency calls
  • Administering and monitoring pain relief, intravenous infusions, and medications
  • The use of specialist and highly technical equipment, such as defibrillators and ventilators
  • Supplying nurses, doctors, and other members of the hospital staff with as much information on the patient or patients surrounding the treatment they received and the progress of their condition
  • Providing patient care in both hospitals and other medical buildings
  • Training and teaching ordinary members of the general public to use defibrillators
  • Staffing and driving emergency ambulance vehicles
  • Providing emergency treatment
  • Transporting while treating patients to the hospital

6. Pharmacist

One of the unsung heroes of professional careers which center around helping others is that of the pharmacist, quite possibly because, even though the pharmacist are the ones who accept, prepare and dispense prescriptions, they are not actually the ones who converse with the individual. Instead, this duty is left to the pharmaceutical assistant, and so pharmacists rarely get the praise and recognition they truly deserve, at least not from the members of the public whom they regularly help.

The roles and responsibilities of a qualified pharmacist tend to include the following:

  • The identification of possible drug interactions, both with the patient and with other prescribed drugs
  • The provision of detailed and thorough information to the patient
  • Hiring, recruiting and training medical staff such as pharmacy assistants and trainee pharmacists
  • The provision of screening and consultation programs for such illnesses as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol
  • Dishing out help and advice on side effects and dosages of all prescription drugs
  • Ensuring enough stock is present in the pharmacy
  • Working together with and leading other pharmaceutical staff
  • The timely deliverance of community and family healthcare services, mainly delivery and collection of prescriptions

7. Speech & Language Therapist

A fascinating way to enter a profession that is entirely dedicated to helping people all day, every day, is to train to become a qualified speech and language therapist.

Speech and language therapists and counselors work to provide entirely life-changing and multi-beneficial treatment as well as care and support to people of all ages who have difficulties with swallowing, eating and drinking, and verbal communication.

Typical roles and responsibilities of a speech and language therapist involve the following:

  • The timely and thorough monitoring and subsequent evaluation of each and every client’s treatment plan and progress
  • Identifying the specific communication, speech or consumption disorder or difficulty
  • Identifying the underlying causes for said disorder or difficulty
  • Revising and reviewing each client’s treatment plan as and where appropriate
  • The management of a caseload while still taking into account priority cases, successful outcomes, referral of service users, waiting lists, and discharge of service users
  • The devising and delivery of suitable treatment programs based upon your professional opinion and diagnosis
  • Working both individual client cases as well as couples and larger family groups
  • Compiling confidential case reports and notes

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