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5 of the best courses and careers for hands on people

By Fi Darby | 15 April 2018

Whether you are taking your first steps of independence into the world of employment or considering rerouting down another career path, it can be difficult to decide which would be the right career for you. Do you head for the big bucks and chase the money or do you choose a career that will play to your strengths and give your much-loved hobbies an additional outlet? One thing is for sure; a career is no longer something you should fall into. These days you should seriously consider your skills, traits and interests when deciding which career routes to pursue. We look at some of the traits of hands on people and 5 of the top hands on careers. 

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5 signs and traits of hands on people

The word kinaesthetic is often applied to hands on people and describes their ability to learn through their senses and how their body is moving. Hands on people are often kinaesthetic learners, i.e. they learn best through doing. If you are a hands on person, it makes sense to choose hobbies and careers that play to your strengths. If you aren’t sure and before you decide on the right career for you, have a look at our 5 top signs of hands on people below. 

  1. You enjoy activities that involve working with other people and especially appreciate a supportive team.
  2. You enjoy occasions, such as conferences, that give you opportunities to communicate and ask questions.
  3. Other people tend to choose you to be on their team because you are loyal and dependable.
  4. You might take longer than some people to make decisions, often because you want to find out what everybody else thinks before committing yourself.
  5. You have plenty of friends and spend a lot of time wanting to ‘look after’ them. 

5 career advantages to being a hands on person

Having a ‘doer’ on your team is obviously going to be an advantage but hands on people have so much more to offer than just the ability to get on with the job. Before you decide on the right career for you, i.e. one that plays to your strengths and encourages your kinaesthetic learning style, it might help to understand exactly what you have to offer an employer and why managers appreciate hands on employees quite as much as they do.

  1. Hands on people make the best team players, not just because they like to offer support but because they enjoy receiving it too.
  2. Hands on people are great listeners, to both verbal and non-verbal cues. This makes them quick to understand situations and great at conflict resolution.
  3. Hands on people are very good at ‘going with the flow’, which means that they tend to be able to cope well in situations that require dynamic planning.
  4. Hands on people will consider all sides of an argument and rarely make rash business decisions.
  5. Hands on people tend to be great in any situation that requires people skills and are often highly skilled in careers that allow them to deal directly with the public.

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5 of the best careers for hands on people

If you are a hands on person, you are unlikely to be happy in a job that requires you to spend large amounts of time alone. The chances are that your hobbies already involve you spending time with other people. The good news is there are plenty of careers out there that play to your strengths; we have 5 suggestions below.

Hands on careers in community services

The community services sector in Australia is a large and growing one. In fact it is the sector most tipped for growth in 2018. Community services jobs are varied but across the board, roles such as health and welfare service managersocial worker and aged and disabled carers are all very kinaesthetic and showing a predicted future growth of ‘very strong’. Like many countries, Australia has an aging population and professionals in the caring and community industries are going to be in high demand. Good news if you are a hands on person looking for the right career for you.

Course suggestions

For an introductory overview on a variety of community services skills, such as understanding people’s backgrounds and listening to their issues, choose our Certificate II in Community Services (CHC22015). 

To step into a rewarding career as a counsellor and really make a difference to people’s lives, have a look at our Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015). 

If you would like a management role within the community sector, our Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management (CHC62015) is the perfect qualification for you.

Hands on careers in beauty therapy

Beauty therapy is a growing profession that is showing a predicted future growth of ‘very strong’. Customers visit beauty therapists because they want to feel good about themselves so it stands to reason that hands on people are the most likely to be able to provide the combination of people skills and specific abilities required. If beauty is already one of your favourite hobbies, our ‘Quick Career Guide to Beauty Therapy Careers’ will give you more, detailed information.

Course suggestions

Our Diploma of Salon Management (SHB50216) is perfect for those looking to make the transition from beauty therapy practitioner to business owner or manager.

Hands on careers in natural therapies

Natural therapies are becoming increasingly popular and include homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and lifestyle advice. Natural therapists need to be good at working with people but they also need to be able to understand detailed information about the human body and a variety of treatments; for this reason, careers in natural therapies often start with a Bachelor level qualification. The predicted future growth for natural or complementary health therapies is ‘strong’.

Course suggestions

If you want to pursue a kinaesthetic career as a naturopath, helping patients to support and stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms, our  would be a great starting point.

If you are interested in the relationship between health and diet, our Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) (084577G) is the perfect course for you.

Our ) will teach you how to identify the properties of, prepare and prescribe different herbs.

Hands on careers in retail

Retail is maybe the ultimate customer-facing job. Careers in retail require the ability to deal with people, work in a team and carefully consider the impact of decision-making, perfect for the hands on learner. The advent of online shopping has had an impact on traditional retail roles but the customer still comes first and retail jobs such as sales assistants, retail supervisors and retail managers are showing moderate to stable future growth.

Course suggestions

To gain a competent set of frontline retail supervisory skills, consider our Certificate IV in Retail Management (SIR40316). 

If you are interested in the more strategic side of retail or are aiming for a career as a retail manager, our Diploma of Retail Leadership (SIR50116) is just the course you need.

Hands on careers in education

Education roles are more varied than most people think and, as more families find themselves with two working parents, early childhood education is one of Australia’s fastest growing career sectors. Future predicted growth for child carers is showing as ‘very strong’ and if you are looking for a kinaesthetic career that requires specific and exceptional people skills, this is certainly one you should be considering.

Course suggestions

If you have a passion for working with young children and a caring and nurturing personality, our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) would be a great first step into a childcare career.

Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) is recommended for those looking to move into supervisor or manager roles in early childhood education.

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I am a hands-on person, what are my other options?

If the suggested careers and courses above don’t appeal to you, don’t despair. There are lots of other careers out there that will allow you to work with people and keep your hands active. Our article on ‘Online Courses to Accelerate Your Career in 2018’ might give you some more ideas and help you to find the right career for you.

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