If the thought of going to work each morning fills you with dread, or you're finding the ‘daily grind' is leaving you feeling flat and frustrated, it might be time to consider moving to a more fulfilling role.
Studies all over the world have examined what makes people happy at work, and ‘job satisfaction' is nearly always one of the defining factors.
But what is it about a job that makes it satisfying?And how does that apply to roles in the SEND sector?
One report into the subject, cited that social workers, charity administrators and occupational therapists are among the best jobs available because they “help make the world a better place”.
At Senploy, we couldn't agree more. Our team is made up of experienced SEND professionals who know that working to change people's lives for the better will always rate highly in terms of job satisfaction, but don't just take our word for it…
We caught up with two SEND professionals from Seashell Trust , a charity that supports people with complex learning difficulties and additional communication needs, who explain why they love working in the specialist industry.
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“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing how little changes can have a big impact on quality of life for students and their families.
“I mainly work with children who have a diagnosis of autism, who
rely on predictability and structure. I used to support an
individual who was so fixated on routine that every day had to be
exactly the same. We spent months as a team working on strategies
that would desensitise him to change and the outcome has been
literally life-changing.His family are now planning a holiday for
the first time in many years.
“Looking at the children and young people I have supported and seeing them grow in confidence gives me such a fantastic feeling of pride and achievement.”
“I'm responsible for ensuring our students' communication devices are used and managed effectively.Our team designs bespoke, interactive activities that encourage students to engage with communication technology.
“It's a big responsibility, but when you provide a person with a means to communicate it's hugely worthwhile. When a student can now convey that they need some space and avoid going into meltdown; or tell their grandparents that they love them for the first time, that feeling is priceless!
“What I love about my job is that no two days are the same.I previously worked for a global corporate organisation in Public Relations and I never felt the passion and pride I feel each day coming to work now.”
So, if Sarah and Andrew's stories have inspired you to move to the SEND sector, or you're a SEND professional in search of your next challenge, why not visit our SEND jobs board for the latest recruitment opportunities near you.