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The vast majority of jobs require that people have good interpersonal skills, but there are jobs out there that are specifically tailored for people who have a naturally empathic personality. For some people, caring is second nature, and they usually need jobs that are fulfilling as well as stimulating. If you consider yourself to be an empathetic person, here are four great career choices towards empathetic career paths.
4 Remarkable and Empathetic Career Paths For You
Working with the Elderly
Elderly people usually need more patience and attention from their caregivers and a need to feel a sense of connection with them. This is why it is essential for any person who decides to work in gerontology to have kind and caring disposition. To get a job in gerontology, you will usually have to master in gerontology or something equivalent.
The good thing is that there are plenty of online mag-masm degrees available for those who would like to pursue a career in this profession. If you’re already a health practitioner, this would be a great feather to add to your cap to broaden your choice of positions.
As a social worker, you will be asked to work with various people struggling with a number of issues. Only a highly empathetic person should even consider a career in social work as you will be required to establish a personal connection with the people you work with. But if you’re too much of an empath, you might run the risk of taking some of your clients problems on your own shoulders. If you feel you’re too sensitive, you might want to stay away from that one.
People who work in customer service are required to connect with clients and deeply identify with their problems and issues if they want to be efficient. A good customer service representative should be able to calm down unsatisfied customers and keep their cool in order to provide good service and give a good representation of the company they’re working for.
A naturally empathic person will be able to identify with the client’s frustration and identify their problems quickly while still keeping a calm demeanor.
Work with Animals
Most empathetic people can connect not only with humans, but animals as well. As a matter of fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a truly empathetic person who isn’t an animal lover as well. You could work as a veterinarian, pet sitter or any job that relates to animals. A vet that is empathetic as well as competent will be able to reassure both pets and their owners and provide the best care possible.
All these career paths are great if you see yourself as a naturally sensitive, caring and loving person. Furthermore, there will never be a shortage of positions for people who truly know how to build a genuine connection with people.
So, if you think a career in gerontology, veterinary medicine, customer service or social work is in the cards, don’t hesitate to do some research and see if these empathetic career paths are truly for you.
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1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? We’d love to know what you’re still working on accepting?
I’ve accepted that I am where I am and that’s a good thing.
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I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space. I need to be more mindful of my tolerance of others.
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I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a small holding surrounded by animals. My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.
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I love peace and quiet and ironically that’s not so easy to achieve in a world filled with people.
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I love my own space and my independence. Love my family, friends and my pets.