LIFE’S GREAT­EST RE­WARDS

Not-for-profit roles are on the rise, writes Me­lanie Burgess

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - News & Advice -

T HE not-for-profit sec­tor is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing healthy growth, with more than four roles listed on SEEK each day for the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme alone.

In the first three months of 2017, there were 15,131 roles ad­ver­tised on SEEK with the key- word “NFP”, or “not for profit”, rep­re­sent­ing about 3 per cent of all jobs ad­ver­tised in that pe­riod.

There were 399 roles with the key­words “NDIS” or “Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme”.

Most NFP roles were in com­mu­nity ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment (24 per cent), health­care (23 per cent), ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (11 per cent) and ad­min­is­tra­tion and of­fice sup­port (8 per cent).

Sally Pow­ell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of a dis­abil­ity-fo­cused not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, says any­one con­sid­er­ing work­ing for a NFP, par­tic­u­larly in the dis­abil­ity sec­tor, must first re­late to its mis­sion and val­ues.

“We strive ev­ery day to make a dif­fer­ence and change lives. This is a very dif­fer­ent mo­ti­va­tion to work­ing in a com­mer­cial busi­ness where profit is the pri­mary fo­cus,” she says.

“While we run com­mer­cial busi­nesses in com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ments, our core fo­cus is to em­power peo­ple with dis­abil­ity to live ful­filled and happy lives.”

She an­tic­i­pates sig­nif­i­cant job growth in the dis­abil­ity sec­tor as the NDIS comes into ef­fect.

“For some­one look­ing to work in the dis­abil­ity sec­tor, gain­ing a Cer­tifi­cate III in In­di­vid­ual Sup­port is a good start- ing point for var­i­ous front­line roles, in­clud­ing per­sonal sup­port prac­ti­tion­ers, car­ers, dis­abil­ity sup­port work­ers and sup­port as­sis­tants,” Pow­ell says.

“It is an­tic­i­pated th­ese types of po­si­tions will surge as the NDIS rolls out, mak­ing the dis­abil­ity sec­tor one of the fastest grow­ing in­dus­tries in Aus­tralia

“Na­tion­ally, 87,000 new car­ers will be re­quested to meet the de­mands of par­tic­i­pants in the NDIS at full roll­out.”

Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Laura Rixon says work­ing for a NFP is very sat­is­fy­ing and grat­i­fy­ing.

“I love the na­ture of the NFP sec­tor,” she says.

“They are in­sanely loyal to the val­ues they hold. Ev­ery day you are in­vest­ing in some­one’s fu­ture whose strengths were over­looked.

“Par­tic­u­larly peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity are on a tra­jec­tory some­one else has pre­con­ceived of what they are ca­pa­ble of.”

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