Thinking of options

Darren

Registered Member
#1
I'm currently in high school and have been debating what my options are for later in life (Or what I'm actually interested in).

My first position would be a police officer. I have wanted to be employed in the police force for the majority of my life until now.

My next choice I have recently looked into is ChildLine support. ChildLine support are members of staff which work in the call centers answering calls to children. It's voluntary but I believe I would get greater satisfaction helping a child in a difficult situation than being paid doing so.

Another option is counseling. Everyone needs a listener. I'd enjoy being able to listen to someone and/or provide help to someone.

Finally, disabled children. Society often looks down on disabled people. Like the others listed above, I believe it would be helpful to be there for many.

I'm really not sure which path to take. In my situation, which job would appeal to you most?
 

Twitch

Registered Member
#2
It seems like you want to help people directly. Just think of the people you want to help the most, and that's the job for you.
 

Darren

Registered Member
#3
It seems like you want to help people directly. Just think of the people you want to help the most, and that's the job for you.
Understandable but the majority of them are helping children. That only half helps as I do want to help children but the procedures you take in each occupation differ.

No disrespect though, thanks for the reply.
 
#4
Counselling would appeal to me most, to answer your question. But this is about you :p so..

My first position would be a police officer. I have wanted to be employed in the police force for the majority of my life until now.
Does this sound like you?:

  • effective communication skills including tact and diplomacy;
  • community and customer focus;
  • a sense of personal responsibility, integrity and resilience;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • a confident and calm manner;
  • good literacy skills so that you can accurately record details;
  • respect for diversity;
  • teamworking skills and the ability to work independently.
There are quite a lot of requirements for joining the police force (I'm talking about health, tattoos etc now) but I'm sure if you've been interested for a while now then you don't need me to tell you lol.

My next choice I have recently looked into is ChildLine support. ChildLine support are members of staff which work in the call centers answering calls to children. It's voluntary but I believe I would get greater satisfaction helping a child in a difficult situation than being paid doing so.
Is it really practical to base your future around voluntary work? It's a very nice thought and gesture and it does work for some people, but you have to ask yourself if it's realistic.

Finally, disabled children. Society often looks down on disabled people. Like the others listed above, I believe it would be helpful to be there for many.
Working with disabled children/people in general can be extremely stressful. Are you strong-willed enough to cope with this as a career option?

If I were you, I'd probably choose either counselling or police officer. You can still get a lot of satisfaction from helping people even if you're getting paid you know :) and then maybe take up voluntary work on the side later on in life. But again like I said, counselling is my favourite.
 

Darren

Registered Member
#5
Counselling would appeal to me most, to answer your question. But this is about you :p so..

Does this sound like you?:

  • effective communication skills including tact and diplomacy;
  • community and customer focus;
  • a sense of personal responsibility, integrity and resilience;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • a confident and calm manner;
  • good literacy skills so that you can accurately record details;
  • respect for diversity;
  • teamworking skills and the ability to work independently.
There are quite a lot of requirements for joining the police force (I'm talking about health, tattoos etc now) but I'm sure if you've been interested for a while now then you don't need me to tell you lol.

Is it really practical to base your future around voluntary work? It's a very nice thought and gesture and it does work for some people, but you have to ask yourself if it's realistic.

Working with disabled children/people in general can be extremely stressful. Are you strong-willed enough to cope with this as a career option?

If I were you, I'd probably choose either counselling or police officer. You can still get a lot of satisfaction from helping people even if you're getting paid you know :) and then maybe take up voluntary work on the side later on in life. But again like I said, counselling is my favourite.
Thanks. That helped a lot. I'll consider that :).

Although, I have 2 years before I can even begin work in the police force. I may try a 2 year course which can get me a few qualifications for any counseling jobs later.
 

Nick-Aotmzgin

Registered Member
#6
well Disabeld kids reaching out "helping" and listening to needed (ChildLine) kids/TeenAgers and social working - Category is diffrent then being a police officer, 3 diffrent levels of occupation but still,
all answering the question of social issues and complications in sociaty.
if u concern to your safety be a ChildLine Voulnter, you will get the same Satisfaction, just without all the Action and Adrenaline in a law Enforcment job.
 

Rectify88

Registered Member
#7
I'd say go with the one your most drawn too. You have to strive to find the job you love to do and the job that you can wake up to everyday and not hate. If you like helping people go in that direction. It will pay off more later in the future if you choose a job that you love without thinking of dollar signs. It just makes things come together better.
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#8
When I read your options, I thought of another line of work which would mix a bit of all your options: Social Worker

A social worker works with people who have been socially excluded or who are experiencing crisis. Their role is to provide support to enable service users to help themselves. They maintain professional relationships with service users, acting as guides, advocates or critical friends.
Social workers work in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting individuals, families and groups within the community. Settings may include the service users' home, schools, hospitals and other public sector and voluntary organisations.
Qualified social work professionals are often supported by social work assistants. They also work closely with other health and social care staff.
Typical work activities

Over 50% of social workers work with young people and their families. They may also work with the following groups:

  • young offenders;
  • people with mental health problems;
  • school non-attenders;
  • drug and alcohol abusers;
  • people with learning and physical disabilities;
  • the elderly.
A Bachelor's degree in Social Work will prepare you for beginning and advanced practice in clinical social work and organization and community practice.