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Good jobs for advocates - AIBU?

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TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sat 14-Oct-17 23:20:13

Currently working in education, but feeling really drained and actually quite depressed after working in it for a few years now so I'm looking to get out blush

Not really sure what to go into, so did a career/personality test recently. I came out with an 'advocate' personality type.

If there are any other 'advocates' out there, what sort of jobs do you do and did you actively look for a job that matched your personality type?

TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sat 14-Oct-17 23:26:09

Bump.

FAkenameforthis Sat 14-Oct-17 23:30:15

Maybe link to the test so others can do it and then if they are an advocate they can say what job they do? Or try something like Myers Briggs?

I used to be a teacher but quit to work for a church. One friend left and ones in admin and another teaches music privately.

TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sat 14-Oct-17 23:32:42

Thanks Fakename - good idea smile

Here's the test www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

MartinJD Sat 14-Oct-17 23:39:41

Haven't you just had 6 weeks worth of holiday? The mind boggles!

Best,
MJD

TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sat 14-Oct-17 23:40:30

What do you mean by that, Martin?

GilligansKitchenIsland Sat 14-Oct-17 23:42:02

Advocacy is a big part of the midwife's role if you're willing to retrain!

Meow34 Sat 14-Oct-17 23:46:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ballroompink Sat 14-Oct-17 23:48:38

I'm an INFJ/advocate and work in the third sector in digital communications and fundraising. I love it and it really suits my personality.

ballroompink Sat 14-Oct-17 23:50:19

It was always a goal to work in the third sector after doing a few jobs that were very process-driven and didn't allow for any creativity or 'making a difference' so yes, I guess I did actively seek to do something more suited to me.

ssd Sat 14-Oct-17 23:50:24

I'm an advocate and I work in hospitality and hate it.

MartinJD Sat 14-Oct-17 23:54:30

Perhaps try to focus on the perks of the job was my broad point.

Best,
MJD

TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sun 15-Oct-17 00:42:58

Thanks Martin - it's just hard to when you have such an insane workload. I was in school for 2 weeks of those 6 weeks sorting out wall displays and preparing seating plans. Didn't get much of a chance to spend any time with my DC or DH.

hasitcometothis33 Sun 15-Oct-17 01:00:03

Why not train as an IMHA or IMCA?

LewisFan Sun 15-Oct-17 01:59:00

If you want to continue working with children, NYAS probably need volunteers/employees

I got the same results and am a child protection social worker

blanklook Sun 15-Oct-17 02:12:54

There's a huge need for competent people to advocate for the disabled and disadvantaged and to ensure they receive the help they should have.

There used to be centres that did this, now most have gone and CAB are overwhelmed. If you think you could be happy and make a difference doing that sort of advocacy, please put it on your list for consideration.

If you want to focus on advocating for children, consider supporting parents in their applications for SN funding.

ArseHair Sun 15-Oct-17 02:13:41

Adult Social Care services are crying out for good advocacy service providers.

ArseHair Sun 15-Oct-17 02:14:43

Kind of cross post blanklook x

TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sun 15-Oct-17 12:13:06

Thanks very much everyone.

I've actually looked into volunteering for Citizens Advice, and have an interview with them tomorrow (am on half-term). I would obviously have to wait until I've left teaching to volunteer with them.

I'm planning to hand in my notice by 31st October, so then I'll be able to leave my school by 31st December (so before the Christmas holidays).

TheRealGussieFinkNottle Sun 15-Oct-17 16:45:42

Just popping in here to bump the thread smile

WhoWants2Know Sun 15-Oct-17 16:53:50

There should be organisations that provide advocacy services for people with disabilities and mental health issues near you. The companies often have "voice" somewhere in the name.

Neuromutant Sun 15-Oct-17 17:07:02

Look at actual advocacy organisations like SEAP, Voice, Pohwer and OPAAL- there are others depending on where you live. Some mostly take on volunteers, but there are paid positions.

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