Job shapes the worker
IT'S the time of year, more than any other, that we put others before ourselves - the season for giving and all that.
But for some of us it's a year-round commitment.
Community services workers spend every day working to help others.
The sector needs help too - over the next five years, the community services industry is expected to require an additional 300,000 new employees.
Further, Department of Industry forecasts 25% of all new jobs through 2016-17 will be in healthcare and social services fields.
Which makes it the perfect time to embark on a career in community services.
Caseworker Greg Hile works for the New South Wales Government's community services, and says that while the job is challenging, his career has helped shape his identity.
Many people work to live, and some live to work.
After working for more than 20 years as a caseworker in Wollongong, Greg Hile works so others can live.
"Putting up your hand and saying my community is important to me and having a passion for your work will fuel you through the tough parts of the job to bring profound and everlasting changes to children and families who, without you, may not have made it through," Mr Hile said.
"No job can be more fulfilling or compelling than working for the greater good of others.
"My job is worthwhile because I care about it.
"I have a passion to help others. You can't be everything to everyone and being a caseworker will test the toughest metal in you.
"At the end of the day, if you really like what you do, if you honestly care about kids and the future of your community, then you ride the sad moments of the job."
Mr Hile said that for every one bad outcome, he'd experienced 100 moments of overwhelming joy.
"The value you bring to the community by linking kids and families with services and community members are double what you get back in the satisfaction and knowledge that you've done a good job," he said.