When it comes to choosing your life’s work, perhaps you want to do something that can make a difference in the lives of others. Some of us aren’t equipped to be rocket scientists who dream of colonizing life on other planets, but we do have a dream of making life better for the people we come in contact with on a day to day basis. We want to do something that will inspire others to make something of their own lives or perhaps even inspire them to do great things that will make a difference for the world going forward. Here are five inspirational careers you must consider.
1. Teaching in Any Subject
It takes a special person to be a teacher, in any subject and at any grade level. A teacher should always be an inspiration to his or her class and even more than that, a teacher should be the one who finds that rare student who needs encouragement to ‘go somewhere’ or ‘do something.’ Many are lost in the system, but an inspirational teacher will pull out the best in their students, winning more battles than those they lose.
One of the very best things about being a midwife is in the way in which they are there to deliver babies into this oftentimes cold and cruel world. A midwife is there for the entire birth process with mom and baby. There are a number of alternative birthing methods that are said to be less stressful on all involved and this, in itself, is an inspiration to the entire family – but mostly mom and baby.
3. Diagnostic Medical Sonography
So many times a patient goes in for ultrasound, fearing the worst. A doctor has ordered a series of tests, sometimes fearing cancer and other times seeking to find exactly why symptoms are present when there is no rational reason so far to be found. A bachelor of medical sonography degree puts you with that patient in those fearful moments and even though you can’t tell them what you are seeing on that diagnostic sonogram, you can ‘be there’ for them in their moments of panic. What an inspiration that is!
4. Social Work
Many times people with problems fall through the cracks of society. Sometimes it is due to extreme poverty and other times they are (or were) the victims of abuse. If you are looking to be an inspiration in the lives of others, working as a social worker can put you in a place at a time of their greatest need to help them continue on when all hope has failed them.
How many people over the course of history said they were led to excel or do great things because a musician acted as their muse? Few people aren’t inspired by music and if you really want to promote health and healing in a natural way, you can use music therapy to do just that.
Whether you choose to pursue an online medical sonography degree or work as a musician in a local club, your inspiration can inspire others to move forward in their own lives and that’s ‘paying it forward’ at its very best.
Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.