There are several reasons as to why working in this field is amazing, but becoming a professional PSW is not easy.
Only the strong will survive.
According to a recent survey, 62% of graduates from the Personal Support Worker programs in Ontario end up leaving the profession.
This doesn’t mean that 62% just left;
tt means that those who aren’t meant for this line of work were weeded out, leaving behind the 38% who sincerely love the work.
So, for those of you who want to understand why that 38% stayed and love what they do every day, and maybe want to become one of them, here are six reasons to become a PSW:
1. JOB SECURITY
This job isn’t going anywhere, and it never will.
As a PSW, you have a job for life.
There will always be elderly and sick people in this world who need our help.
Now, that’s not to say you’ll always have full time employment in facilities because, more often than not, you’ll start at part-time or casual.However, the profession will always be there. It will grow. More LTC homes will open and more jobs will be created.
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Which brings me to my next point:
You don’t want to work in a nursing home?
That’s not a problem.
You have the option of retirement living, private home care, hospitals and working with agencies. Pick one. Pick two! The more work you have to beef up the resume the better!
This is a 24/7 and 365 day a year job.It doesn’t stop because it’s Friday, or because you have a dentist appointment at 2:30PM on a Wednesday.
If those days or times don’t work for you, then I have no doubt that you can pick up a shift that does work.Keep in mind, though, that the more shifts you are able to pick up the more seniority you’ll have.
If you decide to work with an agency, you can more or less make your own schedule.
This is a great second job to have on top of working elsewhere for extra hours. The work is out there, but you have to go get it.
4. IT’S FUN!
This job is so. Much. FUN!
If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t put in the effort to write about it and talk about it ad nauseam with everyone that I know.
When working with seniors you’ll hear tons of stories.
You’ll probably get hit on by some flirtatious gentlemen (or ladies!).
And, to round out the day, you’ll no doubt run into some cursing from someone almost 3 times your age.
While this is hilarious in and of itself, the facilities also show their love for PSWs by throwing parties and get togethers. Everyone likes a party, right?
You are not confined to working in one city. Seniors are everywhere, so PSWs are needed everywhere too.
When working with an agency, PSWs are sent to homes, nursing homes, and retirement homes for private care.
Also take into consideration the potential for leaving the big city.
Not a lot of people want to work way up north in the middle of nowhere, but some do.
With this job, you can work just about anywhere.
6. EMOTIONALLY REWARDING
As PSWs, we love to help people–why else would you become a PSW (beside all of the reasons above!)? And why do we love to help others, other than the fact that we’re simply nice people?
Because it feels good. Nay, it feels GREAT.
If you’re having a bad day and you walk into work, I guarantee someone will cheer you up very quickly.
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When you work with co-workers who appreciate you, in a friendly, home-like environment, one can’t help but feel good about what they do.
THE FINAL VERDICT
This is why the 38% of us who do make it through the program survive. This is what we thrive on, what keeps us going in this fantastic, emotionally rewarding, endless opportunity line of work.
Always keep your eyes and ears open to opportunities. Talk to people. Anyone, everyone, even if they’re not in healthcare.
Be proud of this growing profession, your growing profession.
To be a PSW is to not only be a healthcare worker, but a good friend. You’re kind, patient and caring. This job is fantastic. We’re the reason why.