What is Community Services?
Community Services means lots of different things to different people. It includes supporting individuals with day to day activities through to negotiating with organizations for funding/resources.
Community Services workers are in high demand as the number of individuals in our community requiring support continues to increase.
Community services covers a variety of areas, such as psychology, rehabilitation and social work.
How do I know if a career in Community Services is right for me?
You could be an individual who has had personal exposure to services or to an individual who has needed support. Alternatively, you may be someone who has come to a crossroads in their life and is looking for an emotionally rewarding challenge which makes use of existing skills in a new or similar industry. A job in Community Services includes negotiating with organisations for resources, developing proposals as well as working with individuals.
If you have a genuine interest in helping and supporting people in need to improve their lives and want to make a difference in the community, then Community Services is the profession for you.
Are there any prerequisites to the Diploma Community Services?
There are no formal prerequisites, however eligible students must:
- Have an interest in helping people and the community
- Be 18 years or older
- Have sound language, literacy and numeracy skills (Year 12 equivalent)
- Have basic computer skills.
Is Community Services work just simply volunteering?
Volunteering is common in the Community Services industry and without volunteers some individuals would not be able to access the services and support they need. However, there are also many paid positions and like any industry having the relevant qualification often leads to better paid jobs.