Is a career in Occupational Health and Safety right for you? Ask yourself where you want to be in 5 years’ time.
To have a great career in Occupational Health and Safety, you need to dream big. But you also need to work hard to realise that dream. And most importantly, you need to have a solid plan in place for how you’re going to get to where you want to be.
Which direction is your career going in?
The first thing you can start thinking about is where your career is right now, and in what direction you want it to be heading:
Do you want to start a new career?
Maybe you don’t have any OHS training or experience yet, but you want to go into this direction professionally.
The first thing you have to do is enrol for relevant OHS training. There are a number of skills development courses, degrees, and formal qualifications you can look into to kick-start your career. Click on the link to see some of the options: OHS training courses and qualifications.
After completing your training course, you will most likely have to start in an entry-level position and work your way up. If you studied your course part-time via distance learning, however, you could already have gained some work experience while you studied, giving you an advantage over other new graduates.
Do you want to go into a specialised field?
Whether you already work in the health and safety environment, or whether you want to start a new career in this direction, you might want to go into a specific field of OHS. Specialisation is a great way of increasing your employability, refining your expertise, and setting yourself apart.
Specialised areas within OHS include:
- Security Manager
- Hazard Identification and Risk Assessor
- Industrial Hygiene Specialist
- Compliance Officer
- Mine Examiner
- SHE Officer
- Wellness Specialist
To go into a specialised field, you would need to take an OHS course that focuses on your chosen direction. You can click on the link to see what specialised courses Oxbridge Academy offers: OHS Courses