OF THE BEST JOBS THAT CAN CHANGE LIVES

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FUNDRAISER

This job in­volves or­gan­is­ing events and cam­paigns to raise money for or­gan­i­sa­tions such as char­i­ties and hu­man rights groups. It re­quires com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion skills, the abil­ity to mo­ti­vate and man­age oth­ers, to work un­der pres­sure and within a bud­get. Fundrais­ing In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Kather­ine Raskob says she has seen an in­crease in job list­ings for fundrais­ers across the coun­try. FIA pro­vides train­ing from fundrais­ing es­sen­tials to cer­tifi­cate and diploma pro­grams, plus skill­spe­cific ar­eas such as fundrais­ing copy­writ­ing and gov­er­nance foun­da­tions for char­ity board mem­bers. Kate Larkin, head of non­profit at Beau­mont Peo­ple, says her firm spe­cialises in plac­ing pro­fes­sional fundrais­ers and has never been so busy across all ar­eas. “There’s a huge de­mand out there and with the growth in need, there’s an in­creas­ingly shorter sup­ply of re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced fundrais­ers,” she says. “Sales, com­mer­cial acu­men and a proven back­ground in meet­ing fi­nan­cial tar­gets are crit­i­cal skills along­side an abil­ity to build lon­glast­ing, pros­per­ous re­la­tion­ships.”

WEL­FARE CEN­TRE MANAGER

This role in­volves plan­ning, di­rect­ing and co-or­di­nat­ing cen­tres, pro­grams or projects con­cerned with so­cial wel­fare sup­port. Work­ers must have com­pleted a rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tion com­pa­ra­ble to a bach­e­lor de­gree or higher, and have at least three years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. A com­mon de­gree is a Bach­e­lor of Hu­man Ser­vices, which al­lows stu­dents to spe­cialise to help peo­ple in ar­eas such as child and fam­ily ser­vices, youth ser­vices, gen­der crime, in­dige­nous health, or pol­icy skills and man­age­ment.

SUR­GEON

For peo­ple in chronic pain, surgery can be life-chang­ing. In some cases, it is also life­sav­ing. An ex­tra 1400 sur­geons are fore­cast to be needed across Aus­tralia be­tween 2017 and 2022, Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment data pre­dicts. Stu­dents be­gin with a med­i­cal de­gree that takes be­tween four and six years to com­plete, then com­plete an­other six years of work­place train­ing.

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