Let’s be honest, some of us were born with more empathy than others. Those of you who are lucky to have enough of it that you want to form a career out of it, however, have a unique power to actually help others.

Wondering what to do for work if you’re really good at tuning into other people and maybe even want to help a few people along the way? Here are four bang-up options to get you started.


1. Community services

The focus of community services ranges from mental health and general well-being to youth work to housing. You’re going to want to be passionate about working with kids and families in practical ways. Interestingly, the industry is increasingly using technology to reach a wider number of people who are in need of assistance.

You can get into areas like healthcare, working with people who have disabilities, helping people with mental health issues and social work.

2. Human resources

If you have stellar management skills while at the same time being able to build a good rapport with other people, human resources might be the area for you. In a nutshell, you’ll oversee activities that benefit the staff of a company.

You can speacialise in certain areas, such as compensation and benefits, training and development, employment, recruitment and placement and human resources information system (HRIS) analysts.

3. Nursing

It should go without saying that people are at their most vulnerable while sitting in a hospital bed. If you’re able to find the right balance of staying firm and remaining compassionate, then you’re the perfect blend for a career in nursing.

Keep in mind that a qualification in nursing doesn’t have to mean you become a nurse or registered nurse. There are heaps of areas to go into, including legal nurse consultant and forensic nurse consultant.


4. Sales

Sales roles are at the core of any business – after all what’s the point of having goods or services if no-one knows they exist? If you love getting social and aren’t afraid of jazzing up a sales pitch, this could be your perfect job.

Not every sales role is as obvious as working in retail, although that’s a great path to follow. Nearly every business will have a sales department, with plenty of professional rungs to climb: from sales rep to VP of Sales.

To those of you looking for a career with heart, we salute you. The world is a better place with people like you in it.

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