Making the right career move by becoming a Direct Support Professional
It’s important to do meaningful work. For many people meaningful work is not sitting behind a desk, doing paperwork. Life can be exciting outside the four corners of our office. Our bodies are accustomed to doing routine activities, but at the end of the day, we can feel an emptiness inside us even though we have finished the job.
Choosing a career can be terrifying and overwhelming. Especially if you’re the kind of person who likes order and control over things. We want to know our career path so we can prepare for it. But don’t get in the habit of worrying about this. Pause, take a deep breath, and think about the things you love the most. You will soon realize what you want to happen in your career.
We all have struggles in choosing what’s best. Switching from industry to industry before we settle down in our career is worth the risk. At the end of the day, we can come to realize that a job that involves taking care of others is fulfilling and ranks above an office job that is overloaded with paperwork. Becoming a direct support professional is not for the faint of heart. You should be the kind of person who loves taking care of others. A direct support professional loves what he is doing and what he is trained to do.
One of the mistakes people make is to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passion. Your passion chooses you. That is why our direct support professionals at 1st Choice Family Services are the best in this field because of the passion they develop along the way while helping people with disabilities.
Follow your passion and chase after it fervently. All of the people who surround you will give you different tips and advice, but at the end of the day, you know yourself best. You know what you’re good at, and you know what makes you happy. Do it. Never lose sight of what you want. If helping people is your passion, this is the best career for you.
Choosing to become a direct support professional is very rewarding. It enriches your world. To assist people who may struggle with the most basic tasks of everyday life and to help them reach goals, no matter how small, is a joy. It teaches you patience and the gift of giving. You may not exactly know how they feel, or how it feels to be in their shoes, but the choice you made to make a difference in someone else’s life is something to be proud of. Even when life shows you highs and lows, knowing that you made a difference in their life will continuously give you the drive to keep going.
“Do what you love.” That idea is not exactly novel. To do something well, you have to like it. Direct support professionals’ priority is to help people with disabilities to be safe and feel safe. They have a very close relationship with their client and they can sense the things that make them afraid and the things that make them happy. By figuring it out, they help make a real difference in their lives, loving what they’re doing in every way.
You will never meet a direct support professional from 1st Choice Family Services who finds the job depressing, which is the common stigma in regards to assisting people with disabilities. Most direct support professionals envision that they will stay in the field because there is no other job that will give you a sense of fulfillment every day. It even makes them become a better version of themselves.
The work becomes part of their lives, part of who they are, and part of what makes them strive to be better support for their clients. To that extent, they accept both good days and bad days, successes and failures, and embrace the challenges that come because that is what family does. They overcome all the challenges together. In the eyes of the people they are supporting, they are their family. Direct support professionals chose this job because of their love for helping people with disabilities. Their clients are bigger than any challenges.
You may have challenging moments and you may have medical issues to deal with. There may be times where you will cook for them, and then you’ll start teaching them how to cook until the time comes when they already know how to cook because of you. A great amount of growth can happen from the simple things that direct support professionals teach their clients.
Direct support professionals help their clients become more involved in society. Direct support professionals can make a difference in liberating people with disabilities from all the limitations placed upon them. They do it not because they are trained to do it, but because they know it is the right thing to do. They do it because they believe all people deserve equal opportunity and respect.
Making a career decision is a very crucial choice. In order to know what you want to pursue you need to know yourself first. You need to know what you are supposed to do. Be as infinitely adaptable as people are infinitely variable. When you choose to become a direct support professional you have made the choice to make someone’s life easier.