Watch the video to gain an insight into the day-to-day activities of disability support work.
Sophie tells us about how she got her start, the best parts about the role, what a typical day looks like and more.
Do you find the work rewarding?
You gain so many skills, your communication skills go through the roof! I was a very shy girl once, but now I’m quite loud and outgoing. It does help with Uni work and being able to develop yourself for being able to develop yourself into the type of person you want to be for your future career.
What’s a good attribute to have for this role?
General commonsense, like how would you want someone to look after your daughter or your mother?
What does a good day look like?
Just seeing my client achieve the smallest little goal like brushing their teeth by themselves or putting on their clothes. I think that’s a successful day for me, just being able to see them succeed in some form.
What’s the best compliment you’ve received?
My client saying, “oh I love you” or “you’re so nice”, just small things like that make you happy to see that you’re a good role model for them, and they really enjoy your time and company.
What are some of the work benefits of this sector?
It’s such a flexible industry, you can pick and choose when you want to work, what you want to do. I think you’re not pushed into this corner where you have to go do something that you wouldn’t like to do.
What’s your advice for anyone interested in support work?
I think you just need to put yourself in that position and try it out. It’s honestly something you fall in love with when you hop into it.