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13 Careers That Get You Working With The General Public

If you are concerned about being stuck in a dead-end job then the good news is that it’s never too late to make a career change. You may have skills and qualifications that aren’t being utilized in your current job. This makes it seem pointless waking up and going to work each day if you won’t be challenged or fulfilled.

You might be struggling with the confidence to apply for new jobs, it can become second nature to stay in the job you’re comfortable with. However, you know when it’s the right time to look elsewhere for work and the courage to apply will come. You will be so glad you applied and were accepted when you are fulfilled and proud of what you have become and achieved. 

If you are not sure which route you want to go down then take a look at your qualities, skills, and qualifications. This will give you a general run down of what you may or may not be good at in terms of work. You might want to go down a completely new route and start working in a field you have never worked in before. This might require you to go back to school or college to gain the necessary qualifications for you to apply. 

If you are a people person and want a job that involves working with members of the public or even helping them, take a look below for some ideal job suggestions. 

Counselor

The very first job on the list is a counselor. If you enjoy listening to people and helping them solve their problems then this may be the job for you. You don’t necessarily have to go back to school to get a qualification in counseling although it will help. Without the necessary qualifications, you may struggle to understand the techniques to use to help your clients. If you enjoy counseling then you could go and get a degree in psychology or psychiatry. This could take a few years to get your qualifications but you will be much better off with those degrees. You could even start your own practice and become your own boss. 

Teacher

If you love working with children then think about becoming a teacher. Of course, there are plenty of careers that involve working with children but teaching is the biggest accomplishment in the education field. However, it is not all fun and games being a teacher. You have to be prepared for all the pressures and working long hours that come with it. It was especially tricky during the lockdowns when Covid-19 shut all the schools down. Teachers had to ensure all school work was completed through the use of online portals and vocational worksheets being sent home to students. 

Human Resources

If you want to work with a great number of people and enjoy seeing companies thrive then a job in human resources might be for you. Working in HR involves helping with recruitment and any benefits that the staff members receive. If any problems have arisen in the workplace then it is your responsibility working in HR to solve them. This includes any complaints made by the general public against members of staff or harassment claims from one employee against another. You will need previous experience working within an office environment before going further up the ladder into HR. 

Social Worker

Depending on the type of social work you want to do, this could involve working with children or adults. It is rare to be involved with looking after both, it is usually just one or the other. You may already have a background working with children so it would make sense to follow a child social worker route. However, it is possible to retrain if you would prefer to work with adults. Don’t forget that social workers also help families who have children or young adults with special educational needs. You will need a qualification regardless of which social work job you want to apply for. 

Journalist

Journalists often have a bad reputation, if you are prepared for this then go ahead and apply for jobs. You will need some sort of journalism or other degrees to stand out from the crowd and be counted. Bear in mind that a lot of younger people will be applying straight from university so you may be fighting a lot of competition. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of chasing a story and trying to get information then go for it, you will love being a journalist. 

Event Planner

If you want to help people but not in the healthcare field then how about becoming an events planner. You could help individuals, couples, or families plan special events in their lives. This could include christenings, weddings, and birthday parties. You don’t need any qualifications for this, however, it would help to start creating a portfolio to show prospective clients your work. It would also help to advertise your work on social media or have your very own website where people can find you. 

Shop Assistant

Something else that involves working with the general public is a shop assistant working in retail. This is fun if you like to be kept busy and not sit around waiting for work. There are always plenty of shops that are looking for workers, especially around seasonal times. The good news is you could also do this part-time while working another job. Retail doesn’t often pay well unless you are higher up so it may help to have it as a second income. 

Airline Worker

Do you want to see the world while helping and assisting people? If the answer is yes, then why not become a member of the cabin crew on airlines. They get to serve people drinks, answer questions, and best of all spend time in exotic locations around the world. There is always a precedent that you have to be young and good-looking to be a member of the cabin crew but it is illegal for companies to judge based on looks. Don’t be afraid to apply for work as a cabin crew, if you are great at what you do then you will have no trouble getting the job you desire. 

Nurse

If you don’t want to spend numerous years training as a doctor then you could go one step down and become a nurse. Nurses essentially do a lot of the things doctors do, except diagnose serious conditions. If you want to do this then you will need to work the extra couple of years to become a doctor. Nurses can work in any practice including doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, and even the community. If helping people in need is something you want to do then think about a career in nursing. 

Nursery Nurse

You might think we’ve already covered nursing but this is completely different. A nursery nurse works in a nursery and cares for children usually aged between around 6 weeks of age until they are five. Ideally, you will have previous experience of working with children but they also accept people with no experience. Working in a nursery is ideal if you have just left school with childcare qualifications. If you love children but don’t want to go as far as being a teacher then think about working in a nursery. Be aware it can be long hours, sometimes from 7 am till 7 pm. 

Cosmetic Surgeon 

This is something that will give you extremely high job satisfaction. You will be able to see the joy on the faces of the people you have helped. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common for people to be insecure in their own skin. They have the means to change things they don’t like and this is where you come in. You will need to be prepared to spend quite a few years in school training and becoming qualified but once you succeed the world is your oyster. You could even take this training abroad and work in a foreign country helping with plastic surgery. 

Personal Trainer

If you want to help and support people reach their fitness goals then why not look into being a personal trainer. You could work in a gym, privately in your own home, or go to your client’s house. You will need to be in great physical condition to get work, this career is based on looks and how you behave around people. If you want to build your list of clients then you will need to help people achieve their goals. 

Translator

Finally, if you want to help people who are unsure of the native language then think about becoming a translator. This is great if you know more than one language. You can be a translator just about anywhere. There has been a lot of demand for online translators recently. You don’t even need to go to college for any official qualifications. Being a translator is all about knowing the language, communicating effectively, and being a great people person

We hope this helps you on your new career path. Get out there and grab the bull by the horns, you won’t know if you will succeed if you don’t try. You don’t want to be stuck in a job you don’t enjoy forever. 

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