Children Are The Future: Careers That Can Shape Lives For The Better!
Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature careers with children in this guest post. While many of the recommendations below are great for select children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities.
Today’s children are tomorrow’s workforce. Policemen, doctors, lawyers, and scientists. They’re the people that will follow in the footsteps of today’s workers, improving on what society has achieved so far and creating a better world for all. The old cliche ‘children are the future’ really is true, and so some of the most fulfilling careers out there involve shaping the lives of these young people in a positive way. Whether you’re early on in life planning your future career, or are hoping to make a change later down the line- here are a few ideas to consider.
Children’s Mental Health Worker
Mental health issues are something that are usually associated with adults, but children can suffer all kinds of cognitive and psychological problems. Whether it’s a result of trauma such as abuse and bullying, or brain chemical imbalances- mental health issues in children are now widely accepted. You could work as a mentor, helping a child with life skills out in the community. This could involve things like teaching them how to use public transport, paying for tickets and accompanying them to places of interest such as shops and cinemas. The end goal would be for them to learn how to do these things independently. If you wanted to work within a school setting, you consider becoming a school counselor. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you could do an online masters in education counseling which would give you the benefit of being able to study from home. You could work in child and adolescent services in a hospital or treatment center, this would be dealing with patients that had been admitted after showing worrying symptoms or attempting self-harm. While these kinds of roles would be incredibly challenging, you get to genuinely help young people during a tough time in their life and set them up for future success.
Teacher or Tutor
Working as an educator allows you to directly influence children’s lives for the better. We all remember that one incredible teacher from our youth, perhaps they saw something good in us or encouraged us to pursue our goals. Maybe they helped us in some other way, but had an impact on the course of our education and lives. You could be that person. If you want to become a teacher you will need an undergraduate degree, and then a year’s worth of training in a school. If you didn’t want to go down the formal route, you could become a tutor. If you’re qualified and knowledgeable in a certain subject, you could work privately and find clients online. This could be teaching a child one on one after school, helping with preparing for exams or improving school work.
As a social worker, you will be working with children who have been deemed as living at risk- and helping them and their families get back on track. Again it’s a challenging role, as sometimes you will have to make the decision that the children should be taken into care. But it’s incredibly rewarding too, sometimes families can go through a blip but are capable of recovering. Perhaps incidents of domestic violence have been resolved after a breakup, and with a restraining order in place, the children are no longer in a vulnerable position. Maybe mental health problems in the parents have been monitored, and now they are on the correct treatment the family is able to be happy again.
Are you considering a career with children? Which route were you hoping to take?
Integrated Learning Strategies is a Utah-based center dedicated to helping mainstream children and children with learning disabilities achieve academic success. Our services provide kids with non-traditional tutoring programs within the Davis County, Kaysville, Layton, Syracuse, Farmington, and Centerville areas. Areas to find Integrated Learning Strategies include: Reading tutors in Kaysville, Math tutors in Kaysville, Common Core Tutors in Kaysville, Tutors in Utah, Utah Tutoring Programs