Focus On Your Future: Three Jobs That Will Help You Help Others

Not all of us are interested in corporate careers – some of us want to be able to do something in our everyday lives that means that we can get home feeling satisfied that that day we’ve done something that has helped someone. Here are some tips on career paths you could go into if you want to help other people and do your part to spread goodness in the world…



There are a few different avenues you could go down if you’re interested in working in the medical field. There are plenty of administrative roles at doctors’ surgeries and at hospitals if you don’t want to work too closely with patients but you want to play some sort of caring role. If you want to support the patients more closely, you could consider going into nursing. The role of a nurse in a patient’s life is absolutely vital – you’ll be providing physical and emotional support to both them and their families, along with doing medical tasks like changing dressings, administering medication, using medical equipment and making sure patients’ notes are up to date. If you love science, you could become a doctor – it’s a more fiercely intellectual role that you’ll have to undergo years of expensive training for, but if you love the job it’ll be worth it in the end.


Working in education is one of the best things you can do to secure the future of the children in your country. A great teacher can absolutely change a young person’s life, from a five year old who needs someone to pick up on the fact hat they aren’t getting fed enough at home, to a seventeen year old who needs a final bit of nudging so that they get into the university of their dreams and is able to continue their education. Even if you go into teaching because you want to spend your days talking about Chaucer or quadratic equations, you’ll quickly find that the most rewarding part of teaching is the pastoral care that you’ll be able to provide for your students. Many teachers provide a role of kindness, patience and stability that not all students get in their home lives.


Working for a non-profit is a great way to know that you’re making a huge difference in the world if you have fantastic office skills that you don’t want to waste on a huge soulless corporation. If you’re a great communicator or you’re excellent with accounts, a non-profit will be sure to want to snap you up. Although the salaries won’t be as high as they would be in other companies, it’ll be worth it to know that the work your company does makes a genuine positive difference in the world. There are a huge range of different non-profits you could work for, from environmental ones to animal ones to children’s charities to women’s shelters, so you’ll be able to find something that you’re particularly interested in. There’s also a big range of different roles that you could take on, from working behind the scenes to on the front lines. Consider your abilities to figure out what’s best for you.

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Danuta Smoluk is a teacher with over three decades of experience teaching both children and adults. She specializes in teaching the Polish language to English-speakers. She has a master's degree in primary and early childhood education from WSP Słupsk (currently Pomeranian University in Słupsk) and had her degree validated by University of Toronto. Aside from education, she also has an interest in real estate and home improvement. She has planned and supervised many house renovations. She loves interior design, cooking, and gardening.

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