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5 career paths that allow you to help people

Is nursing right for me

Are you tired of the usual 9-5 job? If so, it may be time to look for a new career path. There are so many work opportunities out there and if you have the right qualifications or are willing to gain them, the world is your oyster. If you have a kind, caring nature then why not make use of this and find a career that involves helping people. Take a look below for some suggestions.


If you don’t want to become a doctor, either due to the cost or the responsibilities, then you can become a nurse. You could go back to school to gain your nursing degree or you could gain experience as a health care assistant.

Whichever way you decide to do it, the people will thank you, and even the doctors will thank you. Nursing is an invaluable career with great job satisfaction. 

Alternatively, you might pursue research in illnesses, medications, and related fields. Medical researchers are invaluable and the work they do can help many people over time.

Veterinary care

If you want to help both people and their animals then think about doing something in the veterinary field. This is a huge sector and you could do anything from receptionist work to being a veterinary surgeon.

You need to show you care about the animals, a lot of people who get involved with vets have previously worked or volunteered with animals. You can research different careers and how to get into them online.

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This one is a completely different way of helping people. Rather than helping them in person, you help them by reading your work.

You may have a natural flair for writing, poetry is one such example. You might also write naturally compelling stories that people love to read.

Reading can reduce stress levels and if you include motivational quotes then you can make people feel uplifted and better in an instant. If you are struggling to think of any new material for your work then you can use something along the lines of a rhyme finder online.


Helping young minds is one of the best things about working in childcare. Watching as the children you teach grow and develop into fantastic human beings.

You might decide to work at the nursery level, in primary schools, or in secondary schools. The older they get, the more feisty their personality may get, be aware of that.

There is always a need for teachers so get back to school and get your degree. You can work in schools while you are training as well, so you can continue to bring in an income.

Residential care

This post already mentioned working with the younger generation. Now, how about working with the older generations?

Working in a nursing home or residential care setting can be hard work. However, at the same time, it can be very rewarding.

Watching the residents’ faces light up when you enter the room is enough to make you love your career. If this line of work interests you, reach out to a local care home to find out about qualifications and volunteer opportunities.


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2 thoughts on “5 career paths that allow you to help people”

  1. These are all good careers for those who like to help others. A couple that fit that description but can be more dangerous are those of firefighting and policing. Their ultimate goal is also to aid and help people. I can think of a few others as well.

    1. You’re right that there are definitely dangers involved in some of the helping careers, Peggy. I admire anyone who risks their lives on a daily basis like that to help another person xx

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