Do you love playing with children and helping them learn? If the answer is yes, then perhaps you should be looking for a career in childcare! It can be a challenge working with kids since they have different personalities, but it is also a great way to make a difference in a child’s life.
If you are considering taking on the challenge, there are a lot of child-related jobs that you can try out.
Before you jump into these jobs, look at the prerequisites below and if you ticked pretty much most of the items listed below, you are good to go. If not, you may want to reconsider your career options.
Truckloads of patience! There are bad days and there are really BAD days. Having a lot of patience really help you with children. Screaming at them to tie their shoelaces faster will not make them faster but in fact, may slow them down even more.
By nature, you should have a generous and giving nature. A lot of the children-related jobs doesn’t pay well and have very little benefits but if you can see past the money factor and prefer to be paid in snotty smiles, sweaty hugs and funny drawings, you are almost there.
Even as a Pediatrician, you need to be creative when working with children. Maybe you need to tell a story to distract them while giving them vaccinations. Or explain in a childlike manner why the child is feeling the way he is feeling because he didn’t want to take his medicine.
- Bursting Full of Energy
And sunshine. And glitter. And unicorns. I found it much easier to work with young children when I was a teen. Now reaching 40, I found my heart wanting but my body whining.
Basically, you are a happy person. You see the world with rainbow-coloured glasses. No parents will leave their kid with you if you are always looking grumpy and moody. In fact, parents will look grumpy and moody when they seek advice from you on how to handle Johnny’s tantrums and you will have to be the opposite, dishing out helpful and cheerful advice.
This is not a crucial character trait if you want to work with children but it does make your work easier. With a sense of child-like curiosity, you explore the world with them and see things in new perspective through their eyes.
Here below are 10 jobs you can start with if you love to work with children:
Want to build a great preschool environment for kids to flourish?
A preschool director is the one who creates the school policy, approves curriculum and ensures children have a safe learning environment.
If you love children but may have limited patience to be in a room the whole day with them, this job suits you better. You will be fighting for money with donators and investors, tackling heavy paperwork and training new teachers.
Nannies are a godsend for working parents who don’t have time to watch over their kids.
Aside from watching over the kids, nannies can serve as a child’s tutor and protection when they are going out. Nannies also cook for their child, do their child’s laundry and play with them.
Align your expectations: nannies are like a stand-in mother with the exception of disciplinary actions (you may need to seek parental approval and work out a limitation what are the suitable disciplinary actions for their child).
As a childcare teacher, you are helping children learn basic things and help them interact with other children.
Childcare teachers are in demand nowadays because this is the age when children are in their terrible twos and threes, the time they will explore whether parents like it or not.
Keep in mind that being a childcare teacher, you not only have to face your students but their parents as well.
Read More: My Experience as a Childcare Teacher
Child portrait photographer
If you love taking photos and kids, you can begin a career as a child portrait photographer.
It can be difficult to get children to stay still for a photo. But, if you are able to do so and use your imagination to make the right shot, you will find it easy to succeed in the business.
This job is likely to be on a freelance basis however, if you do well, you may just be the next Anne Geddes. (I’m a fan of her work!)
In summer camps, children can explore more about the world and learn about the things they see and like.
As a camp director, you are the one responsible for ensuring that these kids can learn while having fun outside the classroom and ensure everything in the camp is running flawlessly.
A paediatrician is the one in charge of a child’s health. They must be able to calm children down, who think that doctors are very scary, and make them look forward to their next visit.
A paediatrician is a noble job – he or she not only makes her patients healthy and happy but also calm the anxious parents’ nerves. I know, I’ve been there!
Read More: Why I love My Pediatrician!
Child Party Entertainer
Do you find it easy to make people laugh with your unique talents? Why not start a career as a child party entertainer?
As a party entertainer, you can give children the best party there is with your brand of entertainment and fun.
Don’t think that a child party entertainer is just a clown or a magician. Nowadays, they come in all shapes and sizes. I know of someone who is a Disney Princess on weekends and a friend who loves her role as a mermaid at little girls’ birthday parties.
Troubled kids find it difficult to talk about the things troubling them if they do not know how to do it.
As an art therapist, you will be able to provide a medium for these children to understand what they are feeling and cope.
Museum educators are the ones who help children understand the exhibits in museums and ensure that the museum’s exhibits can catch their attention.
If you love history and children, this job is made for you!
Child Social Worker
This is one of the most emotion taxing jobs in the world.
Being a child social worker works for the betterment of children who are abused or neglected by their parents or their caretakers.
A child social worker must be able to understand these children and let them know that their life is important too.
No matter what job you select, there are a lot of benefits in working with children. It is definitely fulfilling as you see these kids flourish in your care. I do see myself going back to my first job as a childhood educator one day. Perhaps when my daughter attends primary school. Right now, I am enjoy imparting those skills by homeschooling my 3-year-old.
Never knew that a job that I was trained to do when I was 18 years old can be so useful one day!
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