2019-03-27 by NAHB
Whether you want to become a police officer, security guard, court officer, or private investigator, a career in a security-related profession can be incredibly rewarding and exciting. Many of these careers, however, can also lead to stressful encounters and situations, given the nature of the work involved. This means that if you’re considering pursuing a security-related career path, it’s good to take stress management seriously.
Stress management is an important part of police foundations training. By understanding how to manage stress, you not only improve your own health, but you can also boost your job performance and help further ensure the safety of others.
Read on to find out how stress management can help you prepare for your career after police foundations training.
Police Foundations Training Can Prepare You for the Stressors of Risk Assessment
Security-related professionals tend to feel a high amount of stress because they are so often actively watching for potential risks. A customs officer, for example, will be on the lookout for people trying to cross the border with illegal goods like firearms and drugs, while a court officer would constantly be on guard for anybody who may pose a threat to the court. Police officers, meanwhile, are responsible for ensuring the safety of themselves and the public and community at large.
Staying on the lookout for potential risks is an important part of a career in security
This heightened sense of risk assessment means that you will constantly be on alert in a security-related profession, and this can, of course, be stressful. Fortunately, the stress management techniques covered in a police foundations program can help you manage different situations with calm and composure.
Stress Management Can Help You Adjust to Shift Work When You Become a Police Officer
A career in security, including the police, often involves working shifts; indeed, many people are attracted to this line of work precisely because it isn’t a typical 9 to 5 job. Working irregular hours such as night shifts and weekends, however, can bring its own particular challenges and stressors.
Shift work, for instance, is more likely to lead to fatigue and dietary problems due to factors such as irregular eating schedules or sleep habits, and it can also disrupt the amount of quality time you spend with family and loved ones, who are more likely to be on a typical schedule and thus only available for certain windows of time.
These factors can lead to stress both on and off the job, but stress management techniques help provide the proper resources you need to better overcome these challenges. Your police foundations training, for example, includes lessons on nutrition and lifestyle management, which can help ensure you are eating healthy and scheduling quality time with loved ones. Additionally, your training will look at the stress and lifestyle challenges that security-related professionals often face in order to best prepare you with the knowledge you need to tackle them if they arise in your own career.
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2019-03-20 by NAHB
Early childcare assistants (ECA) can be found in a variety of different work environments. They can launch their career at a daycare centre, nursery school, or kindergarten. They may even choose to work in a client’s home after graduation. Yet while each of these different career trajectories offers distinct opportunities and rewards, they also share some things in common.
What is the role of an ECA, and what can you look forward to with this career path? Keep reading to find out!
Helping Young Kids Develop Important Skills
Part of what makes working as an early childcare assistant so rewarding is that you get to help inspire and support young minds at the very beginning of their education. Early childcare assistants use stimulating activities and games to help get kids excited about learning. Cooperative games and dramatic play help young learners develop important social skills, while storytime can spark an early love of language and help expand vocabularies. ECAs can also help to promote physical activity through sports and outdoor play. Today’s early childcare assistants even learn about children and technology, so that they can help their charges develop important 21st century skills!
Early childcare assistants help young kids develop important skills
For young kids, these activities help to lay a solid foundation for social, intellectual, physical, and emotional growth. For early childcare assistants, it offers the opportunity to support the development of the next generation, and have a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of others. It’s one aspect of this career path that can be a true joy, as professionals see their young charges learn and grow.
Observation Skills Will Be Essential to You Once You Become an Early Childcare Assistant
Another important aspect of pursuing an early childcare assistant career is developing your observation skills. In fact, observation skills are included as part of your training. This can help you catch an instant where a child is behaving inappropriately, and help you address the issue quickly. More than that, though, you’ll also be writing down your observations and communicating them to colleagues and supervisors. This can help your team identify any potential behavioural or developmental problems early on, so that they can be addressed and so that any child who needs additional support can receive the care they need.
Teamwork Is an Important Part of an Early Childcare Assistant Career
Early childcare assistants often work within a team environment, assisting early childhood educators and teachers. As a result, teamwork is an important part of this career path, and something that you can expect once you become an early childcare assistant. Even those who work in a home care setting still approach childcare as a team effort, carefully listening to and communicating with parents.
Early Childcare Assistant Careers Are Also Concerned with Health and Safety
Working in a childcare setting comes with plenty of responsibility, including ensuring the health and safety of all kids under your care. This is why your training covers topics such as first aid and CPR, nutrition, and health and safety. By completing a thorough training program, you can feel ready for the many different responsibilities that this career brings.
Early childcare assistants make sure kids have a clean and safe environment to learn in
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2019-03-13 by NAHB
If you’re considering a career as a physiotherapist assistant, you could find yourself working with clients who have undergone an amputation and need to learn how to use a prosthetic limb. Working under the supervision of a physiotherapist to help such clients is one example of how you can make a difference in the lives of others as a physiotherapist assistant.
There are many important considerations that go into rehabilitation for people who have had an amputation. Since you could find yourself working with such clients after your training, here are some things to know about physiotherapy and prosthetics.
Clients Should Undergo Physiotherapy Immediately After an Amputation
Ideally, clients should begin their physiotherapy as soon after surgery as possible since any delay will likely make rehabilitation more difficult. For example, if a client has had one leg amputated and is only using crutches to get around, the muscles in the amputated limb will begin to weaken faster than in the non-amputated limb (which is likely still supporting some body weight). This can lead to uneven strength in the two limbs, which in turn can make it more difficult for clients to learn how to walk evenly when they are finally fitted with a prosthetic.
You Can Help Clients Correct Gait Deviation When You Become a Physiotherapist Assistant
A common challenge for people who are learning how to use a lower limb prosthetic is gait deviation. A gait deviation is any variation of a standard walking pattern and it may include slower steps, swaying, and shorter strides. While some gait deviation is normal in such clients, physiotherapy aims to reduce gait deviation as much as possible so that the client can regain limb functionality and live independently.
During physiotherapy assistant training, you’ll learn about kinesiology, which is the study of body movement. This knowledge can be put to use when working under the supervision of a physiotherapist who is helping clients reduce gait deviation. Many factors can complicate gait deviation in clients with prosthetic limbs, including if the prosthesis does not fit comfortably or if the client has complications from diabetes—including nerve damage—that may affect their ability to use a prosthetic device.
For people with lower limb prosthetics, reducing gait deviation is a common challenge
Successful Adaptation to a Prosthetic Requires Ongoing Reassessment by the Physiotherapist
Every person who undergoes an amputation is different, and they will respond and adapt to their prosthetic device differently as well. Throughout the rehabilitation process, the physiotherapist will be assessing and reassessing the client’s recovery plan.
When you become a physiotherapist assistant and interact with clients, you may learn new information that could be of interest to the physiotherapist. The client may mention to you that they’ve moved into a new home that is either more or less accessible or that a family member is no longer able to provide physical at-home support for them. Such changes may create new mobility challenges for the client that a physiotherapy plan will need to address. As such, it’s important to relay the information to the physiotherapist. Communicating such information to the physiotherapist will help them determine whether the client’s plan should be adjusted accordingly.
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2019-03-06 by NAHB
Interpersonal skills refer to any skill that makes interaction and communication between yourself and others easier and more open. Given that personal support workers (PSW) spend so much time caring for and interacting with clients, interpersonal skills are an essential part of their work. While many people have the mistaken belief that such skills are innate, the truth is that they can be taught and developed over time.
In fact, an important part of PSW training is developing interpersonal skills. As a PSW, you’ll use the skills learned during training extensively while on the job. Here are just three ways you’ll put your interpersonal skills to use if you pursue a career as a PSW.
Talking with Clients Is an Important Part of Your PSW Career
PSWs help with many practical activities such as personal hygiene, meal preparation, and housekeeping. What you may not realize, however, is that a key part of a PSW’s job is simply talking to clients. Some clients may feel socially isolated because of their health condition, especially if it prevents them from leaving their home very often. Being able to provide conversation helps decrease this feeling of isolation and can improve their overall mental health.
By talking with clients, PSWs help them feel less socially isolated
Your interpersonal skills help facilitate this social aspect of your career. For example, by maintaining a positive and friendly demeanour, you can help your clients feel cared for and safe opening up to you. Likewise, showing empathy through both verbal and nonverbal communication will help clients know they can trust you and talk freely with you.
Active Listening Helps PSWs Identify the Individual Needs of Clients
Active listening is a key interpersonal skill to have during your PSW career. By actively listening, you show your clients that you are engaged in what they are saying. You can indicate that you are actively listening by maintaining eye contact, acknowledging what the client is saying, and, once they are done speaking, responding in a way that directly addresses what they have just said.
Active listening helps build trust and comfort between yourself and clients. Furthermore, as you will learn during your personal support worker courses, PSWs respect the individuality of their clients by recognizing that each one has different needs. Through active listening you can better understand what those needs are so that you can respond to them effectively.
Interpersonal Skills Help PSWs Provide Support and Reassurance to Family
PSWs don’t just communicate with clients; they also communicate with their clients’ families. Indeed, families will understandably want to make sure that their loved one’s PSW is compassionate and trustworthy.
Your clients’ families will feel supported and reassured by your interpersonal skills
Furthermore, family members may turn to you to learn how they can help assist in the care needs of their loved one. It’s one of the reasons why the training provided in a personal support worker diploma program includes how to assist family members. With your interpersonal skills, you can more effectively communicate to them how they can provide such assistance, helping them feel empowered and supported.
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