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Five Careers for People Who Want to Help Others

Five Careers for People Who Want to Help Others

Sometimes God can call you to a higher purpose, but it can be difficult to find which path you’re meant to take. Many people long to find a career path that will give their lives purpose and meaning, but this isn’t as simple as it seems. Perhaps the answer lies within the intersection between doing what you love, what the world needs, what can sustain you, and what you are skilled at.

Fortunately, there are several careers that allow you to help and serve your fellow man.

Medicine

One of the Lord’s greatest miracles was in healing the sick and no other disciple helps others as directly as one who works in the field of medicine. As a nurse, you get to care for and maintain the health of the sick and disabled, and as a doctor, you can heal the human body through a number of medical specializations, from pediatrics to neurology. The path to becoming a medical professional is not an easy one as it requires completing a four-year undergraduate program — for doctors, this is often followed by four more years in medical school, and three to seven years in a residency program on top of that. But it’s also an incredibly fruitful path that can save lives.

Teaching and Education

To educate is to transform. Any educator, may they be from the primary or secondary levels, and even academic professionals who teach in universities, all have a hand at shaping society and its future. For those who dream of teaching, it’s important to find programs in higher education and leadership that can help you gain the in-depth knowledge and skills required for several aspects of education, such as practice-based research, academic leadership strategies, and effecting institutional change. The good news is that you can do many of these courses online, which will allow you to get your qualification without having to be on campus. Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs anyone can do, as they shape future generations.

Law

Law is a field that is often misunderstood and surrounded by misconceptions. Some say that it’s a guaranteed path to financial success, or that it entails scheming and picking the more powerful side. But for the most part, it has little to do with virtue triumphing over evil — instead, pursuing a career in law entails advocating your client’s position based on the facts and applicable legislation. But as unglamorous as the reality is, many still choose this path as it allows them to give voice to troubled people, defend those who are wrongfully accused, and protect citizens.

Psychology

Psychology is a branch in healthcare that deals with the scientific study of the mind and behavior. It can span several fields of study such as human development, sports, health, clinical, social, and cognitive processes. Those who go into clinical psychology may work mainly in mental health, something that most of us may be expecting with this career path. However, there are other possible careers in this field, including using educational psychology to help children who are struggling to learn, and even helping people find a healing path to a sober lifestyle through behavioral therapy.

Social Work

Social work may be one of the most selfless careers out there, and indeed the foundations of social work have always been based on Biblical teaching. Through this career, you can help all sorts of people from different walks of life, from elderly people, those with mental health issues, families that need support, children that need protection, and many others. Social workers involve themselves in activities such as conducting research and assessments, organizing donation drives, rallying for the rights of those in need, or liaising with other professionals such as doctors and teachers.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, “… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” In this verse about caring for our neighbor, we know that it’s truly important to regard members of the community as we would Jesus Himself. Through this feature, we hope we have given you ideas on how to live out your own personal calling, and bring faith, hope, and healing to more people.

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