Employment, Education & Volunteering

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It’s never too late to do what you once wanted to do with your life. It can be quite terrifying, but it is important to ask yourself ‘what kind of life will I feel good about…what do I have to offer and what will I enjoy?’

Everyone has many qualities. List them so you can view them in black and white. (Carers have courage, are reliable, determined, compassionate, organised…the list goes on!)

When looking for work or a volunteering role, try to describe the job that you really want and not simply be grateful for the first one that comes along. Doing a job you really want to do will build your self-esteem and create feelings of wellbeing.

Make an appointment to see a careers advisor.

Look outside the square and try different things.

Check out possible courses or study.

Remember, there is no right or wrong and anything is possible!

(Audrey Jenkinson 2004)


Below are a number of links to websites to help you make some of these decisions.



Seek: www.seek.com.au
Career One: http://www.careerone.com.au/
Centrelink: Newstart allowance http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/newstart-al...
Job Access: http://www.jobaccess.gov.au/
My Future: http://www.myfuture.edu.au/
Job Search: http://www.jobsearch.gov.au/


Adelaide University: www.adelaide.edu.au
Flinders University: www.flinders.edu.au
University of South Australia: www.unisa.edu.au
Charles Darwin University: www.cdu.edu.au
Open University: http://www.open.edu.au/?mkwid=scfOJIchS|dc&pcrid=35315001713&kword=open%20university&match=e&plid=&sctp=ppc&scvn=google&scsrc=google_search&sckw=open%20university&sccm=Search&gclid=CMnuuuu5vL4CFZMHvAod-yYAaA
TAFE: http://www.tafesa.edu.au/
WEA: http://www.wea-sa.com.au/  - Short courses on different topics. Each course has an individual cost.  Several concessions available, such as 10% for seniors card holders and 75% for people with a disability.
University of the Third Age: http://www.adelaideu3a.on.net/  - Several courses on different topics. Cost is $35 for a membership, and then individual courses may cost extra.
Wyatt Trust education grants: http://wyatt.org.au/small-grants/  - Need to fit eligibility criteria and be referred by a service provider.


Go Volunteer: http://govolunteer.com.au/
Seek Volunteering: http://volunteer.com.au/
Volunteering Australia: http://volunteeringaustralia.org/
Volunteering SA & NT: http://www.volunteeringsa.org.au/
Southern Volunteering SA: http://www.svsa.on.net/index.htm
Individual councils also have information about volunteering on their websites
Volunteering is also possible with Carer specific organisations –
Carer Support http://www.carersupport.org.au/
Western Carers http://carers-sa.asn.au/carer-support/western
Carers SA http://carers-sa.asn.au/
Northern Carers Network http://www.ncnw.org.au/