Career in NGO's
Career in Development Sector

Interesting Career Options in Contemporary Times – Grassroots Experience

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Emerging career options in the development sector (Health, Education, Climate Change, Social Inclusion)

If you follow the novelties and trends in the field of work – this is a reasonable investment in managing your career. New technologies, laws, and changes in the world economy create new professions, for example:

  • Genetic counseling
  • Computer Forensics
  • Energy Engineering:
  • National Security and Emergencies and Disaster Management
  • Life Support Planning
  • Informatics in the field of nursing (Nursing Informatics, Fitness Nursing, Holistic Nursing, Gerontological Nursing)

Emerging areas and trends in the development sector

According to research, over the next 6 years, the employment of social workers will increase by 12%, compared to other professions. This is associated with an increase in demand for health and social services. And this means that the number of new areas and trends will increase as well.

Here are some of them:

  • Medical / public health
  • Mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Schools
  • Veterans and military
  • Justice and corrections
  • Gerontology

Working in the grassroots

  • Need for grassroots experience

Social work is a special kind of activity. It involves love and respect for people, the ability to understand others. In this regard, in the process of training specialists in social work, an important role is played by the formation of psychological readiness for professional activity, the acquisition of a special quality-sensible and psychologically-pedagogically competent contact with the client. And in order to have this knowledge, you need a grassroots experience. It helps to clearly and distinctly see various social problems.

How it helps in the later stages of career

At the grassroots level, the worker develops the chosen profession, acquires the necessary skills, develops his or her qualifications, self-assertion takes place, and a need arises for establishing independence. Later this experience can be used while writing a PhD thesis on psychology, for example. The absence of these components makes it impossible to advance through the next stages of the career.

Booting your career from the grassroots level

Going up the career ladder step by step, from the grassroots level, it becomes possible to study all the nuances of the company’s functioning, so when you get a manager’s position, all the necessary knowledge will be useful in order to monitor the work of subordinates easily and point out their mistakes.

  • Challenges faced at the grassroots by the practitioners

As a rule, at the grassroots level of a career, there are some inconveniences. For example, irregular working day, physical and moral overstrain, stress, it is necessary to learn quickly, a corrupt organization of work, insufficient level of wages, etc. But in fact, all these problems are potential opportunities for growth on the career ladder.

  • How this experience is relevant in terms of the philosophy of praxis

Praxis, in philosophy, means the ability to perform a series of learned movements in a certain sequence, which leads to the achievement of the intended goal, which is appropriate in the context of the grassroots experience. So, for example, using a series of training programs or training programs using experience in grassroots work, teachers can prepare, for example, social entrepreneurs to create stronger businesses.


Barbara Elliot

Barbara Elliott has served in a number of leadership positions throughout his career including College Dean at University and Tenured University Professor. Barbara is a frequent national and international presenter and author. Follow our company PhDify on Twitter