9 rewarding jobs where you can really make a difference

There may be many reasons why you’re considering a career change. We often hear from people who have an urge to use the wealth of skills and experience that they’ve built up over the years, to help a worthwhile cause.

Some of the most satisfying job roles are those which help to significantly improve other people’s lives, or that contribute to a bigger cause or sense of purpose. There’s plenty of research which shows that people who spend their time helping and supporting others are more likely to feel happier as a result. And most people would agree that doing good, feels good!

With this in mind, we’ve pulled together 9 rewarding roles that may not be the easiest 9-5 out there, but that should give you a great sense of reward and allow you to make a real difference in the world.

1. Midwife


Midwives play a very special role because they are trusted to deliver the most precious gift that any of us will ever see – life! So for that reason alone, Midwifery scores top marks on the job satisfaction scale. Many people often describe Midwives as having one of the most privileged jobs in the world, because they’re actively contributing to the continuation of the human race.

Not only will you get to be a key witness to the miracle of new life entering the world on a daily basis, you’ll also get to play a key role in supporting women and their families on their pregnancy journey.

Midwifery degree courses take around three years to complete and are typically full of mature students who are looking to start a second career and want to use their skills and life experience to help others. Interested? Find out more below.

2. Teacher

teacher rewarding job

Children and young people look up to their teachers, not only as educators of curriculum-based learning, but as pillars of wisdom who can inspire, guide and encourage them while they establish their place in the world. Most of us will remember our favourite Teacher(s) even decades later because they were such a positive influence on our life and learning.

There are many people out there who could benefit from your extensive skills and life experience in the classroom – and with dedicated programs to help experienced individuals retrain into the profession, there’s no better time to learn to teach.

3. Nurse

nurse helping patient

If you’re a natural nurturer, then a career as a Nurse could be a very fulfilling way to spend your time. Nurses work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to try to ease or eradicate the discomfort of patients who are injured or unwell. A nursing career carries a great sense of purpose because everyday you are responsible for helping to nurse patients away from sickness and towards health.

With such a high demand for Nurses, there are now apprenticeship routes into Nursing for those who are willing to first get a job as a Healthcare Assistant. Or for those that would rather take the traditional route, there are plenty of universities around the country who offer vocational nursing degrees – and it’s now very common to see people adopting nursing as a career later in life when they have the advantage of life experience. Although Nursing may have a slightly longer training period than some other rewarding professions, the role comes with a great degree of flexibility and plenty of opportunities to progress into more senior roles.

4. Charity Work

Whilst many positions with charities are voluntary, there are a large number of paid positions that are offered at a variety of different levels. Working for a charity – especially a national or a global charity – is a very meaningful way to spend your time (whatever position you take on), because you’ll be working towards helping that charity do amazing things for the greater good.

There are a range of roles available; from being a manager of a charity shop through to coordinating children’s play at a charity-run activity centre. Browse a wide range of roles on site today.

5. Care Worker

As a Care Worker, you could be the ray of sunshine that someone needs to get through the day. The role is designed to give people, young or old, who are in need of care – the help and support they need to be able to live happier lives. Although this help and support is usually practical e.g. cooking, cleaning, washing and dressing, you may also provide emotional support to clients and their families if the care receiver is suffering as a result of illness or disability.

With so many people out there in need of care, many employers are happy to take on people with little or no experience and train them on the job. Providing that you are kind and compassionate with strong communication skills, you could apply today.

6. Funeral Director

funeral flowers

Although becoming a Funeral Director is a slightly unusual way to make a difference, most of us – at some point in our lives – will be grateful to the person that helps to ease the pain of saying goodbye to someone we love. As a Funeral Director, you’ll be providing support and comfort to people during some of the toughest times of their lives by taking care of their loved one’s funeral arrangements, from start to finish.

Someone who has just lost a family member or a friend, will have a lot on their plate already, and trying to plan a funeral during this time can be difficult…which is where a Funeral Director steps in. An individual or a family will usually express their wishes about the funeral to the Funeral Director, who will then get to work to make sure that everything is taken care of.

If you have extensive experience in the customer service industry (but not necessarily in funeral care), you may be able to apply for a role as a Funeral Director straightaway. Or, with little or no experience at all, the fastest route to a career as a Funeral Director is to become a Funeral Arranger or a Funeral Care Apprentice first, to build up knowledge and experience in the field.

7. Nanny

Nannies make a significant difference to a family’s home life by ensuring that their children are safe, mentally stimulated and well looked after whilst their parent(s) and/or carer(s) are away or at work.

If you love children, then you’ll get great reward from being able to help guide and support them on a daily basis. Most parents find being away from their children quite tough, but a good Nanny will bridge the gap between children and their families, making their time apart as pleasant as possible.

Nanny agency, Koru Kids, welcomes older Nannies in London; placing emphasis on the value of life experience when supporting and caring for younger generations. Some people hesitate when applying for a job as a Nanny because they associate it with being a full-time commitment with live-in potential – but there are plenty of opportunities to work on a more flexible part-time basis too.

8. Life Coach

If your friends and family often turn to you for advice and you love helping and inspiring them, then it’s worth considering a career as a Life Coach.

Life Coaches help people take control of and improve their lives in a variety of different ways. We all know how it feels to worry about taking the wrong path in life or to dream about something that feels totally out of reach – but Life Coaches inspire, motivate and encourage people to take positive steps forward and get the most out of life.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a Life Coach – just confidence in your ability to motivate and inspire others. However, if you want to enhance your credibility in the role and make sure that you’re equipped with as many tools as possible to help clients, then you should consider taking an industry-recognised Life Coaching qualification. This is easy to do from the comfort of your own home and will show you how to make anything possible for both yourself and others.

9. Personal Trainer

By becoming a Personal Trainer, you could help people take steps towards being happier, healthier and more comfortable in their own skin. It’s about much more than helping people look good – regular exercise boosts energy and confidence so the role is as much about helping peoples minds as it is their body. Seeing the progress that people make from the start of their fitness journey can be very satisfying – especially when you know that you’ve played a part in this.

We should all be able to feel good about ourselves and Personal Trainers try their best to make that happen by working one-or-one or in groups with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals. As a Personal Trainer, you’ll usually work in gyms or have the option to become self-employed if you want greater flexibility and control over your schedule.

Although you don’t need any formal qualifications to become a Personal Trainer, it’s advisable to take a recognised qualification to improve the safety and credibility of the service you’ll be offering.

Are you interested in finding a meaningful role? Are there any other roles we’re missing? We’d love to hear from you at [email protected].

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